This was my first experience with color reversal film. I had no idea what to expect. My choice was a 35mm roll of Fujichrome Astia 100 ISO which I loaded in my Diana F+ camera. And a great choice it was, as I was totally impressed with the results I obtained by cross processing this one of a kind film.
I knew this was going to be a rough ride, from the moment I laid my eyes on Fujichrome Astia; as it is a color reversal film, I knew there were going to be problems when I were to get it developed. And of course I was right. It took me one whole day to convince my local photo lab to develop it, but it was totally worth it. And the ladies there were even kind enough to scan it in two ways: color reversal film scanned as a negative and negative scanned as a color reversal film.
At home I inverted in Photoshop the set scanned as a negative and so I got a third set of pictures. I was absolutely psyched! Here are 4 photos from the 3 sets of scans so you can get a better idea: color reversal scanned as a negative, inverted in Photoshop, negative scanned as color reversal. Notice the dreamy effects on the inverted shots and the aggressive contrast and lively colors on the negative scanned as a color reversal.
Other things you should know about Fujifilm Astia 100F:
-You will get best results when used in daylight. However I took 2 shots indoors without a flash and turned out really good for a 100 ISO film. Here they are.
-If you intend to cross process it, shoot something colorful! If you’re planning to take shots at night with a flash, the colorsplashing technique is a must. I used the Lomography Ringflash and got really cool results like these. For less contrasting colors use your flash with the Seagull 5-in-1 Reflector.
-Use the Seagull 5-in-1 Reflector when shooting portraits. I got the coolest results on a sunny day using the sunlight on the silver and golden side.
-Don’t forget to experiment! I tried a couple of double exposures with silhouettes which came out incredible!
All in all, the Fujichrome Astia 100F is an incredible film! Cross process is a must if you want to get those colors to really shine, so take your time to find a photo lab that is willing to do so; it’s really worth it!