Developing your own film is a lot of fun and I can do the one thing my lab won't do: cross processing colour negative film and hybrid processing. Yes, you should try this at home.
How it all started
While I was going through some old negatives, I found a few medium format slides. They were so beautiful, rich in colour and all that stuff. So I thought it would be great to have that typical Holga look combined with the beauty of slide film. You don’t have to cross process every film, do you? The problem is, it is really expensive to get your film processed as slides overhere. So I ordered an E6 kit and an C41 kit. But, as you might know, slide film needs to be exposed very accurate. To do that properly my Holga needs a lot of sun. And for the moment we ain’t seeing no sun !
I wanted to use those chemicals right away !!
I could not wait until summer, I shot a roll of Fuji Pro 400H with my brand new Lubitel 2. I overexposed 1 to 2 stops. I read somewhere you should overexpose CN film when you’re gonna x-pro it, to compensate the loss of contrast. I bought the Lubitel in the morning, shot a roll and sold it in the afternoon. So I had a Lubi 2, for one day. Here are some results I like.
The scanning was strange: I scanned the positives both with Vuescan and Epson, as positives and as negatives: The result was always the same. Normally Vuescan and Epson have their own ways in interpreting difficult pics. Just watch the crossed Velvia below.
I shot another roll of Fuji Pro 400H, now using a sixties Debonair , that one is made for ISO 100 film and I dropped in ISO 400 while using the cloudy setting, overexposure for sure. The results were consistent with my first try.
I read some articles by Stouf , he writes great stuff on processing. I mixed up some crazy chemicals in order to push cross-process and add a bit of contrast to my film. It worked, but I got grain, artefacts and bleached colours for free, the emulsion was affected by my chems.
I dropped some black and white film in the same crazy chemicals. On normal pictures I get annoying artefacts, because they ruin the pic. On overexposed pics, I get ONLY artefacts, so they are the picture. I like that :)
So, now you know why I like Home Processing so much !!
Greetz Gauthier !!