Last week, it was very nice winter weather in Taipei; I decided to take half day off to take some photos with the Minolta Dynax 7 which I rarely use. I went to an old Japanese Zen Buddhist temple and started taking photos. After taking about five photos, I wanted to put the camera in the bag. Suddenly I noticed that the camera back was open. S**t! Did I accidentally opened the camera back? I immediately tried to close it and noticed that it did not stay close. It took me a few attempts to realize that the lock was broken. I never expected something like this could happen. However, it seems that the plastic got brittle over time and suddenly broke.


I was quite disappointed, because I thought that all photos were lost. However, I rewound the film and went home to put the film into another camera (Minolta XD-7). And since about ¼ of the film was already gone and the day nearly over, I decided to use it for some experiments with a red filter. So I went out again and finished the roll of film.

After developing and scanning the film, I was very surprised about the results. Especially that the first frames, which I took in the temple, were absolutely fine. Only two images were lost from the massive light leak. Unfortunately more frames were exposed when the camera back was open. So from my second photo round I could not get all of the photos I took.

Long story short, here are some of the photos from that day. Enjoy!

These two photos were taken with the Minolta Dynax 7 and the second photo shows signs from the light leakage.



Now the photos taken with the Minolta XD-7. But parts of the film were exposed to light creating an interesting look.




The next photos are from the unaffected part of the film.







Cameras: Minolta Dynax 7 and Minolta XD-7

Film: Ilford XP2 super 400


  1. You´re right, the foggy light leak look is great. I really like the pic with the twisted building and the 101 in the background.
    Greets from Vienna Peter

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