Color into Black and White: A Different X-Pro


A mistake at the developers leads to a different type of X-Pro. Read about this happy accident after the jump!

Credits: neanderthalis

One time, while dropping off my film at the developers, I had a half dozen rolls of black and white rolls and one lonely roll of expired roll of Solaris 100. When I returned the next day, the shop keeper looked upset. He felt terrible that the employee was on a roll (so to speak) and just threw that poor color roll in with the black and white. I wasn’t mad because it was only a test roll for a batch of this expired Solaris film I bought, but he insisted my order was free. Curiosity still had the better of me and I had to scan the results. I could still get about fourteen usable images, with heavy grain. I am not sure if you could time the chemicals yourself and get better results, but I found this to be a happy accident and a learning experience.

Credits: neanderthalis

What do you think about this unusual way to x-pro? Have any of you guys tried it, and got interesting results? Tell us about it!

written by neanderthalis on 2012-08-02 #gear #tutorials #grain #lab-rat #tipster #accident #hawaii #development #b-w #xpro #film-processing


  1. nuo2x2
    nuo2x2 ·

    interesting outcome, however only 14 survived?

  2. reminator
    reminator ·

    The photos are a bit eerie now, not a bad result though.
    I had a not so fun experience with the accidental crossing. bunch of color films and 1 b&w.
    he told me that there was a unexposed film, bye bye first roll b&w and bye bye shots of that cool market area!

  3. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Lomo is all about innovation and experimentation - intentional or otherwise! - so yes, this works for me!

  4. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    @nuo2x2 I wish I had a better answer than the others frames were just too dark for the scanner to recognize

  5. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·

    It's actually a useful technique for developing very old expired color film. If you got a roll that is 20 years or older, this might actually give usable results rather than developing it as color.

  6. pjc
    pjc ·

    I don't usually shoot color, but when I got a bunch of free Kodak color film, I developed it in BW just to see...I actually like it...pretty unique (scanned in greyscale)

  7. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    I love it! It's got that 'Loch Ness Monster Hoax' look to it.

  8. exit14
    exit14 ·

    I've done it. I didn't have any color developer so I figured, what the heck, you can develop almost anything in B&W, Right? I liked the way it came out but it was a bit of challenge to scan. Here's one, it has an other worldly look to it. Twinklecat is right, yours has that gritty hoax look and it's awesome.

  9. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Great results! Colour -> monochrome xpro is known and has the advantage of allowing development of rolls from previous processes, like Kodachrome: look here
    Furthermore, it allows you to shoot b/w if you're broke by using cheap CN films :D

  10. camerabrain
    camerabrain ·


  11. wennie
    wennie ·

    beautiful mistake. :))

  12. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    Freaky stuff!

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