Working with Expired Film

When the clouds come out I love to put a polarizing filter on my Nikon F3 and shoot with slide film.  Film looks less crisp than digital, a bit more like a painting, it seems to me.  Plus, I love to work with a well made classic metal camera.  It’s a slower, more meditative way of photographing.  Below are some recent Spring photos I took within a five minute walk from my back door.  I used Kodak Elite 200.  It has expired, but the former owner kept it in a refrigerator, and so have I, so it produces nicely saturated exposures.  The “Fire in Spring” photo is a double exposure of Crocus blossoms superimposed on the bark of a Tulip Poplar tree.

About: TCDavis

Since 9-11 I've had a strong commitment to interfaith peacemaking. I recently founded the interfaith social network: I run a small company that helps community groups with inexpensive, easy-to-maintain websites, and produces photos and videos, mostly for Web use. My home page is: I'm also an avid photographer. Please visit my nature photography gallery for prints and cards at: I write an interfaith peacemaking blog called RuminOcean, about spirit, faith,and politics. You'll find it at my home page: I'm the owner of cyberkenblog, LLC (, which helps faith and community groups improve the Web literacy of their members and to design websites that are inexpensive and easy to maintain. I'm a retired pastor with experience in cross-cultural work, pastoral psychotherapy, and graduate teaching. Last but not least , I'm a proud grandpa!

2 thoughts on “Working with Expired Film”

  1. Hi Davis. I liked your pictures very much. I am praying for the day they start putting your pictures in museums.

  2. Thanks, Nihat. You are very kind. I have lots of fun taking photos, and I try to pass along the beauty that I see in God’s creation.

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