Discovered in the depths of the cellar this film from 1987. My oh my expired, brittle and a pain in the major to develop and scan. Nonetheless, its finally done! Video and Images of my adventure across an alpine pass and up to the Ramsau am Dachstein plateau from some images taken with the Contaflex Super (New) on Kodacolor 400.

Each adventure starts off as a journey. This was to be no different, driving across of the most magnificent alpine pass down into the wide meandering Ennstal valley. A valley well known for Skiing destinations such as Schladming, Reiteralm, Haus Kabling, etc..  But this was summer and the snow has most definitely retreated to allow the green pastures and the cattle to graze. The first opportunity to photography along with a farmhouse in the background.

Having two rolls of expired film of considerable age. One for myself and the other for my daughter, Giorgia. Both films are old, like over 30 years or so. I was not expecting much but at least it would produce some fun. Whether it be before and during development.

Giorgia and I photographed each other.

“Message to all parents out there. It’s important to share. Adults are often so scared to share their equipment with their children. I know as an adult and parent that we spend hard earned cash to buy our cameras. Somehow it’s selfish not to share. Parents preach to their children this mantra. Well, they expect the same of us parent too!”

After that, we walked a bit through the fields of the Ramsau am Dachstein plateaux. Capturing a meadow or two.

Of course some horses we met along the way too.



Curled up, dried up film like a proverbial old leather boot. I pushed the development from 3.15 mins to 5 mins.

I used my Tetenal 1L Kit and my Jobo Processor to produce the negatives and scanned them with my Canon 9000F.

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Expired film brings with it all sorts of surprises good and bad a like. That been said don’t be put off.

Overall I’m a happy camper after all the film was not a good patient in any sense of the word. It’s was ever so shy, curling and breaking at every touch. Expired film can be like that, we tender hands, a good push and lots of light therapy – it should behave!

~ Gavin

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Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1972, Gavin Lyons is an award-winning landscape and nature photographer who is self-taught. After living in Italy and France for a couple of years, it wasn't until settling in Austria that he became more serious about using a camera....

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  1. Recently I also shot a roll of expired Kodak VR 400 – my film was a bit younger, expired as recently as 2007. But still, the colours have a muted and kind of muddy look, but not so extreme like here. Expired film can be fun, but my experience is that it’s best when you don’t have high expectations about the outcome.

  2. Love the muted colours and feel to these, especially the meadow photos. I love expired film and the excitement of not knowing what you’ll get.