Vintage Look with Cross-Processed Fuji Provia 400X

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Fuji Provia 400X produces wonderfully subtle colour changes when processed as C-41. For this, my first attempt at cross-processing, I used an SLR to experiment with various exposures to show exactly what this film can do.

The first selection of images were shot in Castle Arcade, Cardiff, in the UK. The Victorian indoor shopping arcade is flooded with natural light. ISO 400 gives a very warm image that is tinted green, while retaining a good range of colours. Over-exposed a stop Provia 400X is much paler, yet the hues aren’t changed. By the time you take it two stops over, oranges become quite prominent. My favourite is definitely the normally-exposed image; it captures the feel of the light in the arcade perfectly, which I haven’t been able to do on negative film.

(1) ISO 400, (2) ISO 200, (3) ISO 100

As you can see from the shop doorway below, when cross-processed the film sometimes shows very little change at all when exposed normally. Advancing to see a picture of the window of the same shop, with similar bright oranges, the difference at ISO 100 is clear.

(1) ISO 400, (2) ISO 100

Xpro Provia 400X really comes into its own when you show it some grass and leaves! The final images are from Bute Park in Cardiff. Shooting at ISO 400 the characteristic warm green glow zings, while keeping the sky a perfect blue. The vintage effect is more noticeable in some images, while others it is more like a subtle warming-up of the colours.

(1 – 4) ISO 400

written by stevesmith1983 on 2010-09-03 in #reviews #fuji #xpro #user-review #provia

8 Comments

  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    love provia 400X, specially when x-processed! Has great green blue colors, nad you're right, turns orange/yellow when overexposed :)
    www.lomography.co.kr/photos?query=vicuna%2Bprovia+400X

  2. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    this film hates me

  3. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    I actually love Provia. 400X is probably my most used slide film - it's great in E6, lovely and rich but not as over the top as Velvia, but it seems to vary wildly in C41. Your results are quite muted, with a light-green tint, and I've had it do that. But I've also seen it go extremely bright and blue-green, with reds going slightly orange, and I've also seen it barely colour-shift at all, like this:

    www.lomography.co.kr/homes/coldkennels/albums/1625110-a-cat…

    And all of the aforementioned results are from the same lab and have all been scanned by me on the same scanner with the same settings!

    I do not understand cross-processing one little bit.

  4. tallyho
    tallyho ·

    Helpful review, thanks!. Before I tried shooting slide film I'd read that you have to be really precise about your exposures, and I was a bit intimidated and played it safe. Then I took some risks and took some unintentional long exposures and realized if you cross-process, you sort of have a wider exposure latitude if you're open to wild results. The orange tones you got are pretty cool. Provia 400X is on my list now!

  5. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Great review ! Provia 400X is in my opinion the slide film that tweeks light in the most beautiful way !
    www.lomography.co.kr/homes/mikahsupageek/albums/1633943-lub…
    www.lomography.co.kr/homes/mikahsupageek/albums/1601228-fuj…

  6. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    love it, my favourite film !

  7. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Lovely stuff!

  8. veato
    veato ·

    Just shot a roll today and it was going to cost 13.50 for standard processing (E-6 and scans to CD, no mounts) or 6.50 for x-pro. So I went for the cheaper x-pro option. I really hope they turn out well. I've crossed Velvia and Sensia and loved them.

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