Film Question: Strange colors; muted exposure (Olympus OM-10)
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Default Film Question: Strange colors; muted exposure (Olympus OM-10)

Hi all,

I am so glad I found this forum and really hoping someone could help me out with my film camera issue.

I have been shooting with film for about a year now, first I bought a Russian Zenith and after having continuous technical issues I decided to switch to Olympus OM-10.

I already shot 4-5 film rolls and have been very disappointed with the way pictures come out in the daytime. I am so confused and frustrated as I have been literally shooting one scene with many different setting combination just to get it right. Still no luck. I am not sure what am I doing wrong as I have tried almost every possible aperture and shutter combination.

As you can see on these photos, I have absolutely no blue. Everything is so foggy and muted.

Any feedback would be much appreciated from someone who either knows what could be the reason of these colors or someone who's had similar experiences.

If it helps, I just spoke to a friend of mine and he thinks that there is something wrong with the camera. There is too much light leak once shot in bright places like the beach. Do you agree?

I am also attaching two photos which came out OK but were shot in a low light (indoors).

Looking forward to your reply,

Sal

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I see small areas of blue and even green in the three outdoor shots, not to mention an overall slightly bluish color cast. I also notice an overall lack of contrast. What do the negatives look like? Are the ones of outdoor negatives especially dark with few and hard-to-see lighter areas? If so, I suspect overexposure of the film is part of the problem. There may also be problems with the development or outdated film. I also notice that the dark areas in the indoor shots have a greenish cast while the highlights tend toward red. This could also be a old-film or development problem, but at least the contrast is there.
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I agree with scoundrel. Among the likely possibilities are: old or outdated film, error in development, overexposure. Perhaps misfocussed but hard to tell from the quality of the images.

Additional information would help in diagnosis. What type of film? Who scanned the negatives and how? There is no exif information so we can't access exposure data. You say you have tried multiple exposures; what differences do you see at different exposures?
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The outdoor shots are grossly overexposed, most likely at
way too slow a shutter speed, as I see vertically streaked
motion blur in one of the shots. The OM-10 is one of the
earliest electronically enhanced budget price cameras, as
is the AE-1, Nikon FG, etc. This class of cameras did NOT
"age gracefully", nor were they intended to do so. Very
likely the 2nd curtain is lagging. In dimmer light, such a
condition will approximate the correct exposure.

If you really care to shoot film, almost all the older film
cameras are bargains these days. Step up to a better one.

Example:
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I also notice that the dark areas in the indoor shots
have a greenish cast while the highlights tend toward
red. This could also be a old-film or development
problem, but at least the contrast is there.
The greenish/reddish thing could also just be from
mixed interior light sources. The pix have so many
problems that it's hard to unravel them :-(
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I was going with bad old film or a shutter curtain problem, and seems others are on the same path...
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The greenish/reddish thing could also just be from
mixed interior light sources. The pix have so many
problems that it's hard to unravel them :-(
The cat shows a green cast in the dark fur and a pink cast in the white fur. Hard to explain that phenomenon with mixed lighting.
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The cat shows a green cast in the dark fur
and a pink cast in the white fur. Hard to
explain that phenomenon with mixed
lighting.
True nuf hard to explain. That doesn't rule it out.
Explanation is only worthwhile if all, or at least
most, variables are accounted for :-(

Frinstintz, we haven't seen the between-frames
strips, we know nothing about the film storage,
and a zillion other variables. And whatever it is
that produces the image on film is then fugged
around with by the automatic printer's attempt
at "proper" color balance.

Basically, the user should forget this stuff, and
get some fresh film and a decent camera. IOW,
why pick apart the problem when an affordable
global solution is available ?


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