The Peacock in White: Snowy Shots in 110 Cross-Processed

Cross-processed films are known for their amazing colour rendering. I figured there was a pretty good chance a sea of snow would do something interesting. And it did. While I'm not sure I love it, the Peacock plays well in the snow.

Snow in late April really isn’t that funny.

I took out my trusty Minolta Pocket Pak 440E, a little bar 110 camera that does the job well, and ventured out into the snow. The air temperature when I was shooting was around 40 degrees, so it’s not like it was bitterly cold. The snow was heavy and sticking to limbs. Kind of a neat morning, really.

With 24 shots to play with, I wasn’t shy with what I was shooting. The result? A whole lot of snowy picks of trees and snow and buildings.

A few hours later it had fallen off of the trees. Serendipity is neat.

If you’ve never used 110 film before, it’s incredibly simple. It comes in a self-contained cartridge, so it’s drop in, drop out. When developing, I recommend the Yankee adjustable setup. This is the only reel I know of that adjusts down to 110/16mm.

Sharp images, but just a bit odd.

Easy enough to develop in C-41. Use the Tetenal/Jobo press kit for that. Simple. Nothing complicated.

Even on a bright day, without the deep blue of the sky or some bright greens, it got a bit washed out.

Overall? I’d recommend saving your precious Peacock for other conditions rather than a blank day. A grey day in the bright greens of the Pacific Northwest would be cool, but this blank brightness just didn’t quite cut it for me.

Maybe your Peacock will enjoy a different day.

written by kevinhodur on 2013-05-06 in #reviews

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