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Isolation Photo Project, Day 80: Pentax ES II and a damaged roll of Kodak Color Plus 200

NOTE: I'll begin this experience report with a brief disclaimer. It's been less than two years since I've returned to shooting 35mm film after switching to digital photography over 20 years ago. I've inundated myself in as much film education as I could find between web articles and advice from experienced film shooters. But, with my former experience way in the past and limited recent experience, this review is coming from a relative novice point of view.

I shot a 36 exposure roll of Kodak Color Plus 200 at the end of May which was developed and scanned by The Darkroom on 2 June 2020. The scanned images have defects which are my fault. Why?

After shooting the film roll, I stuffed it into my pants pocket and forgot about it. That was until my wife came upstairs. She had heard something banging around in the dryer. It was the film canister from my pants pocket.

With the exception of the damage due to “washing”, I like the look of these scanned images. I deleted most of the images. The ones shown here are the "keepers". I am abusing the meaning of that word.

Once my Asahi Optical Co. Pentax ES II returns from being cleaned, lubricated and adjusted by Eric Hendrickson, I will try another roll of Kodak Color Plus 200. But next time, I'll skip the washing machine and dryer.

This roll was exposed during a hike on the Aunt Molly trail in Hopewell Township.

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Kodak Color Plus 200 | Tuesday 2 June, 2020 | Day 72 | Asahi Pentax ES II | Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.

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8 Comments

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    Isolation Photo Project : Day 155
    24th August 2020 at 11:25 PM

    […] roll of FPP RetroChrome 400 Color Slide Film. Then I bought an ES II and had it CLA, shot a roll of Kodak Color Plus which I ruined in the washing machine. I bought rolls of Fuji Pro, Kodak Porta, Ilford HP5 Plus; […]

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    Photography Journal Blog
    11th June 2020 at 10:39 AM

    So, I was here to say that I think the washing created an interesting effect. Then I got distracted by the idea of microwaving your iPhone, so many questions, but did it damage your microwave?

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      Khürt Williams
      17th June 2020 at 7:16 AM

      In 2018, while working from home one day, I was a bit distracted. I was rushing to heat a bowl of soup, and I had my iPhone in my hand. Unable to properly handle the bowl, I absentmindedly put the phone down on the turntable of the microwave, placed the bowl inside and yeah, microwaved the phone for about 2-3 minutes. I didn't even notice what I had done. Even after I removed the bowl to eat my soup. A few minutes later, when I needed to call my wife, I roamed around the house looking for my iPhone. Then I remembered the microwave and had a pit in my stomach. The phone was as hot as a potato. There was no damage to the microwave, but my ego was bruised.

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        Photography Journal Blog
        18th June 2020 at 2:01 AM

        Wow, my oldest one time attempted to dry her socks in the microwave and almost started a fire, I guess I am a bit suprised that you didn't manage to also start a fire.

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    MichaelStephenWills
    11th June 2020 at 10:30 AM

    You've had a share of photographic disasters, as well. Cheers, Khurt!!

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      17th June 2020 at 7:17 AM

      All part of the learning process, right?

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    Steve Gingold
    11th June 2020 at 3:37 AM

    I don't think I've ever heard of a goof like that but I am sure you aren't the first to do something like it. I kind of like the bubble (?) pattern if it was on its own..

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      11th June 2020 at 7:12 AM

      Hi Steve, if there is a mistake than can be made I will make it. I once accidentally microwaved my iPhone, which of course destroyed. When I took it to the Apple Store, you should have seen the look I got when I tried to explain what happened.

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