After trying cross processed slide film for the first time at the tail end of last summer, I knew I needed something good to take me through the winter. There aren’t many options for faster slide films around, but in Fuji Provia 400X I found an absolute gem.
The first two rolls of slide film I ever shot and cross processed were Velvia 100; wow, amazing, I’m hooked! But then autumn came, the days drew in and clear blue skies and bright sunlight became rare occurrences. After a few searches online for 400 ISO slide film, I realised that Fuji Provia 400x was one of the few choices out there. I found some at what felt like a reasonable price and started shooting.
I got through three rolls over the course of a couple of weeks and sent them off to be developed. The results were quite unexpected to say the least. As it was faster film, I’d not been expecting the same kind of saturation or strange color shifts, but I was wrong about that. The only thing that didn’t really make any sense was the lack of consistency. Over all three rolls I got great saturation and loads of contrast but the colors were different on each of them.
One came out without much colour shift; sometime some Fuji green, or slight blue tinge, but often real some warmth to some of the colors.
The next one came out with a full on yellow color cast, almost sepia in tone at times.
The final one had a blueish almost purple tinge to it.
This film certainly typifies the unpredictability that we all love about Lomography and you won’t hear me complaining.