The differences between processing Lomography X-Pro Sunset Strip in E-6 vs C-41 chemicals.
Have you ever found yourself standing at the counter of your local film lab, slide film in hand and wondering “Should I have is processed as the manufacturer intended or should I throw caution to the wind and cross process this?”
If you’re a bit indecisive like me, it’s probably best to have two rolls and have one developed in E-6 and the other in C-41. I won’t get into the chemical differences between the two processes here, but for anyone who isn’t totally clear on what one means verses the other, E-6 is standard processing for colour reversal film (think slides) and C-41 is used for colour negative film (prints you get from every photolab).
Sunset Strip is manufactured as a slide film. When processed in E-6 chemicals, the images come out in very earthy browns and yellows. They have a warm, vintage feel that is quite different than any of the other films on the market that I’ve tried. Autumn woods and outdoor scenes lit by the late afternoon sun turn out particularly well using E-6 chemicals.
If you decide to cross-process this film, blues and magenta become the dominant colours. Things cool down significantly. The sky looks clean and clear. Water is bright and blue. And any red leaves and berries left on trees almost jump out against the sky.
Personally, I think I prefer not cross processing this film simply because when E-6 chemicals are used, it looks like nothing else out there. The closest I can compare it to is redscale that has been pull processed, but the results are much more consistent.
Right now, Sunset Strip is only available in 35mm and seems to disappear off the shelves pretty quickly so I tend to stock up when it’s available at the Lomography Gallery Store here in Toronto. I would love to see it produced in 120 format. Maybe one day it will be. It seems popular enough.