Just as everyone is having a break from the Lomo LC-A Race, our two participants from the North American team chose to do something very exciting than to take a break in the pit stop and they're here this week to tell us more about it!
A Film Orgy! by rater
A few months ago, we read with awe at eggzakly’s tipster on how she developed C41 films with E6. We were surprised by her results that it actually gave stouf an idea and asked the lab to do that process for him, but the film came back very pale and unusable. Inspired by the tipster of eggzakly, we decided to give it a try, especially since stouf has a Jobo autolab processor in his kitchen and we have a big stock of E6 chemistry!
To do this cross-process, the key word is push-process. Basically the process we did was the same as stouf uses for his positive film, but we extended the time of the first developer in order to do a 3x push-process. That is an extra 10 minutes that the chemistry will react with the films (for a total of 17 minutes!!!).
And what about the films we used and the results? We loaded 5 different films in the drum of the machine. We had four negative film (three 35mm and one medium format) and one positive (medium format). Each of the five films that participated in that orgy deserves a little comment:
Kodak Ektar (35mm, iso 100) – Half the film was shot by me in the Plage Jacques Cartier and half by androfun while I open the box of the LC-A race. The film was shot with a Canon EOS-3 and film was rated as an iso 100. The film after the x-pro has a cool reddish tone and despite the push-process looks quite well exposed!
Fujifilm Superia (35mm, iso 100) – This one was shot with the Lomo LC-A of the North American Team 1 by again, me and the film was shot as a 100 iso. Only a few frames came out of it that present a yellow tone, and they look quite overexposed. The rest of photos were shot inside a shop with a Ringflash, and the photos came out clearly over-exposed. So, seems like if you shot Superia and you still want to do this xpro, you have to underexpose your shots (so you better rate your film as a iso 200!)
Kodak BW400CN (35mm, iso 400) – This one was a big surprise. Shot with the Lomo LC-A of the North American Team 1 by me, and film rated as iso 400.The film was shot inside a shop without flash and also in the exterior. This is a black and white film that is normally developed in C41, but when processed in E6 you get black and white slides… how cool is that!! Actually, the film has a greenish color all around, so it is not really black and white, but is the closest you will get to a B&W slide if you do not have Agfa Scala film!
Rollei CN 200 (120, iso 200) – Shot with a Holga 120 GN by stouf (on the “cloud” aperture), the film was shot both in the outside and inside a shop. The film came out underexposed for the photos done inside the shop (except for one long exposure) and the colors were a bit pale with a pink tone, but the process was a success.
Provia 100f (120, iso 100)- Shot with a Holga 120 GN by stouf (using the “sun” aperture). In contrast with the rest of films developed in the same process, this one is a positive film! Stouf shot it underexposed so that we could pusch process it and it came out with a yellowish tone and strong contrasts.
Summing up, the film orgy gave us 5 special films, a bit pale but with some surprises as a B&W positive!!
By the way, out of the excitement caused by the postive B&W, stouf is now testing this cross-process on the Ilford XP2. Results to come soon!