So I snapped off the last couple of pics to finish the films and sent them off to AG Photolab. They arrived back the other day.
I wasn't sure what to expect, due to the age of the film and what have you. The 110 film was in poor shape, due to the film advancing mechanism not working properly. It looks like it never worked, as there wasn't one decent snap in the whole film. I recognised no-one from the blurry, double-exposed frames, so nothing to report there.
The negs from the 126 film, on the other hand, were more than acceptable. OK a slight colour cast, but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a quick scan and a 'Auto Color' button on Photoshop.
What we have are a bunch of fairly typical family shots from way back. I reckon my mum must have been the user of the camera - she says I bought it to her sometime in the 70s. That's the sort of thing mums remember, I guess. Anyway, at the start of the roll are some shots of Bath, where I studied from '81 to '85. I didn't have the car until the last year I was there, so I reckon this film dates to 1984, possibly '85.
Then there are a couple of shots of mum's patio, back home in The Liberties. One of these has my grandfather in it.
There's a half-decent shot of Grandpa and me, out fishing. Fishing was my Grandfather's passion and in his day he would have been away for all of Saturday walking up and down a river bank trying to entice a salmon onto his hook. It didn't happen that often, I seem to recall, although it was a very enjoyable day. It looks like we're having a bit of laugh while trying to get the line sorted out here:
|That was when I actually had hair to get blown about in the wind...|
And finally we have one of Missy, taken a few weeks ago. I didn't have high hopes for anything here, so just told her to stand there in the early summer sunshine:
So there we are - one film, 30+ years old and shots that span four generations of our family. Colours are pretty good methinks and OK some of the shots could be sharper but overall I was pretty impressed.
I guess the moral of the story is that out-of-date film shouldn't really be too much of a issue for most of us. And there's probably another moral somewhere in there too, given that these were taken on a 1970s plastic camera with a plastic lens, no focus control and only two light settings (sunny or overcast). Made in England, it says on the front.