A 4:3 aspect ratio - retro images

Recreating that vintage feel - the hard way?
It is fashionable to use vintage feel photographs in posts, on Facebook and on the web.

The rise of Instagram,  a free photo sharing program that was launched in October 2010 is the best example of this 'look back' at analogue photography. This service allows users to take a photo and apply a digital retro filter to it and then share it on a most social networking services. The  distinctive retro feature of this app is that it converts photos, which in contemporary formats are rectangle, to a square shape, like Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images of the 70's. Most mobile devices have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Why not use the real thing?

The beauty of using 35mm film cameras and film is not knowing what you have taken a picture of straight away – the final image is a process of design, skill and chance. The chance element is the big buzz and by throwing using out of date film into the mix makes photography suddenly more interesting.

The image above was taken with a Pentax P30 35mm camera using 'old stock' (expire date March 2000) Agfacolor HDC 200. A photo by 35mm_photographs July 2012.

The Pentax P30 is an SLR and uses manual focus lenses with the K-mount bayonet fitting… Continue reading

Agfacolor was the name of a series of color film products made by Agfa of Germany. The first Agfacolor, introduced in 1932, was a film-based version of their Agfa-Farbenplatte (Agfa color plate) a "screen plate" product similar to the French Autochrome.

After World War II, the Agfacolor brand was applied to several varieties of color negative film for still photography.

HDC plus 200 was a fine general-purpose film, with decent colour saturation, fine grain and sharp negatives.
Agfacolor. (2012, May 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:32, July 21, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Agfacolor&oldid=492411945