X-pro is fun for all right? Well, there are a few misses when cross processing and I found one. ECN-2 film and C-41 chemicals aren’t the best of friends but come out with some interesting results.
Everybody loves X-pro. It’s fun and always exciting. Sadly, not all cross-processing goes to plan. I had obtained some old Seattle Film Works 35mm film when I purchased my Minolta X-370. I thought it was useless, so it just stayed in my camera bag for months. It was always in the back of my mind though.
One day, I decided to go to an Ashland University football game with my girlfriend and thought I’d bring that weird looking film with me. What’s the worst that could happen, right? Well the game was great and I got some awesome shots, or so I thought.
So about a week passed, and I got around to taking the film into my local developer, Rite Aid (area pharmacy that still does 1-hour photo). I didn’t tell them that it wasn’t normal film because I thought that they would refuse to process it. They took it and I went off to work. When I got back, they told me that I had a bad roll and nothing developed. Dejected, I walked out with my bad film but upon a further look in the sun, I noticed that there was something on the film. I raced back in and told them to look at it again.
After some convincing and about 15 minutes strolling through the aisles of drug store junk, I got called to the front. They were able to get the pics onto a CD and what was even better is that they didn’t even charge me. According to them, it looked like I had taken the shots at a swim meet. They thought that they had ruined the roll but I assured them that it was the film and not them.
When I got home and finally looked at my (and the lovely workers at Massillon Rite Aid) handiwork, I was amazed at the color. Everything had been blue-shifted with odd-looking black splotches that seemed to bleed out in every direction. The only downside was that the images were shifted, but was a small price to pay for the cool results.
So take this as a warning or as an invitation to try out Seattle Film Works film in C-41. It might be the coolest roll of film you ever take, or the worst. If you don’t mind the occasional icky shot. lol
Tim Pawlak (aka 110isnotdead on LOMO) is a Librarian, writer, photographer and amateur historian (gotta use that History Degree somewhere). Massillon, Ohio (about an hour south of Cleveland) is where he calls home. He loves to get the feel of every new town he comes to and capture it on film. So if you make your way down the Tuscarawas River, you’ll probably find him.