Playing With Color: Cross Processing


Color negative films can give you interesting effects, but when you truly want to play with color, cross processing is the only way to go.

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Initially, cross processing can seem scary. Not knowing what you are going to get can freak some out, but isn’t that the spirit of Lomography?

After experimenting with various films, I now know which films are going to do what, so rather than be worried about color, I can play with it. Here are my top 5 films to experiment with:

5. Kodak Elitechrome EBX

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This is at the bottom of my list; it gives a nice yellowy, sometimes blue shift. However, it is hard to master and large areas of highlights blow out easily.

4. Kodak E100 GX

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I like this one particularly as it doesn’t really shift colour at all. It has a tendency to increase contrast instead.

3. Fuji Sensia 100

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The infamous Sensia 100 pink. Everything Sensia goes a wicked pinky red. No other cross processed slide film is quite like it.

2. Fuji Sensia 200/400

First three images are 200, last three are 400

I’ve put both the other Sensias as joint fourth; they are versatile as they are higher speed films, and both shift is slightly similar ways, 400 less so. Both enhance greens and yellows.

1. Fuji Provia 100F

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My favorite slide film to cross process. Provia 100F enhances blues, yellows and greens, making for wonderful Marine shots.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-06-08 in #gear #tipster #cross #tipster #film #playing-with-color #lomography #slide #color-reversal #processing #tips #xpro


  1. meryfromspain
    meryfromspain ·

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing your experience! :)

  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    You really have a handle on your exposures and so I really enjoy your xpro albums. Some people really blow out their pictures and it just becomes overpowering. Thanks for another well done article.

  3. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @neanderthalis thanks mate! That's high praise and I truly appreciate it.

  4. lordlarry
    lordlarry ·

    Provia ftw. :)

  5. bunit
    bunit ·

    I love the picture of the forge in Kodak E100 GX. Where did you take it?

  6. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @bunit MOTAT, there is a forge that operates at the weekend some time. The guy there is really cool and used to do photography.

  7. abdulhalimnasri
    abdulhalimnasri ·

    i never ask my slide to be cross processed. i'm quite blank here as i have no experience on xpro. I have few questions:
    1. only by the look of a photo can we know it was xpro-ed?
    2. is it true that the main point is to underexpose the shot to get a get xpro result?
    3. do the scanning process effect the result of xpro?

  8. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @abdulhalimnasri check out the raging debate on this article.…

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