To X-Pro or not to X-Pro? That is the Question with Sunset Strip

2013-01-22 11

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.

written by deepfried_goodness on 2013-01-22 #gear #review #x-pro-sunset-strip-cross-process-slide-film-c41-e6-e6-vs-c41

11 Comments

  1. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    Great article : ) I'm just waiting on the results of my first Sunset Strip roll that I choose to have processed in E6, simply because it was in the middle of Autumn and I thought the reds on the trees would be too intense if I Cross Processed it. Let's hope the results are good : )
    Dolly.

  2. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

    @deepfried_goodness: can u share which are the E6 processed photos in your article?

  3. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    @coolsigg Sure. The top photo of the train tracks double exposure has been cross processed (C-41). The second photo of inside the Lomography Toronto Gallery Store has not been cross processed (E-6). In the slideshow photos, the first 6 are from the cross processed roll, while the last 6 have been processed in the manufacturer recommended E-6. Notice how when X-proed the results are quite blue and cool with intense contrasty reds. The other ones are in warmer tones of brown, yellow and deep green.

  4. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    @dollymixture Hope so too. Let me know when you post them.

  5. bebopbebop
    bebopbebop ·

    is it better to underexpose the sunset strip or just use the normal ASA setting?

  6. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

    @deepfried_goodness: thanks for the info. Somehow I like the looks of the xpro shots better.
    @bebopbebop: guess it depends on what color effects u want for the shots. Check out my Sunset Strip album (www.lomography.com/homes/coolsigg/albums/1926292-sunset-str…). The more yellowish, grainy shots are taken at ASA200 while the cooler shots are mostly taken at ASA100 settings.

  7. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    @bebopbebop I've kept it at the normal ASA for the rolls so far, but I'll play with that on later rolls.

  8. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Several things affect the effect. Cross-processing causes color shifts, increases grain, and decrease the latitude which increases contrastiness. If you cross process, you should scan as a negative to reverse the colors. If you straight-process as slide film, you should scan as a positive. Underexposing makes the Sunset Strip effect much stronger. Overexposing makes it almost unnoticeable. If you digitally post-process it, you can remove the strong purple or yellow emphasis. I have several examples on my review here: www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2013/01/16/lomography-c…

  9. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    Within the next couple of months, I'll do another C-41 vs E-6 comparison, this time using Fuji RMS 100-1000 film. I've not shot with it yet.

  10. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    I'll scan and upload my Fuji RMS shots this weekend and have that comparison done for Monday. Hopefully. I'm a very good procrastinator.

  11. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    I need to shoot a couple more rolls for the new article. Right now, I don't feel like I have enough content.

More Interesting Articles

  • Introducing the New Lomography X-Pro 16mm Motion Film!

    written by Lomography on 2016-05-13 #gear #news #videos
    Introducing the New Lomography X-Pro 16mm Motion Film!

    We're thrilled to announce the new exclusive 16mm addition to the Lomography Film Family for experimental filmmakers! The Lomography X-Pro 16mm Motion Film is now available in limited quantities Online and in Gallery Stores worldwide.

    2016-05-13 4
  • A Color Remix

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-09 #gear
    A Color Remix

    It's human nature to be restless and imaginative. The real may be interpreted as what one sees or how one sees something. For the daydreamer, a scene from nature transforms into a canvas. Suddenly a field makes room for chemical coloring, all those anachronistic streaks that somehow look right. Or else, those beautiful colors amplified or subdued to their most pictorial shades. All in the world of trial-and-process film photography.

    2016-02-09
  • How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    written by tomas_bates on 2016-02-17 #gear #tutorials
    How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    I have always loved the idea of seeing my photos on stone and other natural materials. So, a few months ago, I began googling how it could be done. This is how I discovered (and fell in love with) liquid emulsion. Liquid emulsion is photographic emulsion which you can melt down and paint on any surface. You can then expose an image and develop it using traditional darkroom chemicals. In this article, I would like to explain the process a little, so that if you are also interested in giving this fun process a go, you can!

    2016-02-17 12
  • Shop News

    Take a shine to the shiny new Lomo'Instant Mumbai!

    Take a shine to the shiny new Lomo'Instant Mumbai!

    Introducing the shiniest, newest member of our Lomo'Instant Family, the Lomo'Instant Mumbai! Inspired by the golden Indian metropolis filled with striking architecture, busy bazaars and fantastic food, the Lomo’Instant Mumbai combines the beauty of shiny copper and light grey faux leather. Grab one now!

  • Lomography x Fashion Walk: Be A City Explorer

    written by Lomography on 2016-05-18 #news
    Lomography x Fashion Walk: Be A City Explorer

    Get out of your comfort zone and explore your city in a totally different angle - when you try to think more and experiment, you will find that there is always something fun in your everyday life! Let your creativity roam, visit every corner of your city, and share with us your discoveries!

    2016-05-18 6
  • Lomography x Fashion Walk-"Be An Explorer" Campaign

    written by Lomography on 2016-07-20 #culture #news #places
    Lomography x Fashion Walk-"Be An Explorer" Campaign

    In today’s busy society, continuous and repetitive life patterns always lead us to sometimes feel lost in the midst of it all. Lomography Hong Kong has teamed up with Fashion Walk to create a new analogue photography exhibition. Let’s explore your city in a totally different angle!

    2016-07-20
  • Lomography x Grand Plaza: Explore Mongkok

    written by phyllistc on 2016-07-08 #news
    Lomography x Grand Plaza: Explore Mongkok

    When you hear the name Mongkok, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? This Summer, Lomography Hong Kong teamed up with Grand Plaza for an "Explore Mongkok" analogue photography competition. Share with us your impressions of Mongkok with a touch of creativity!

    2016-07-08
  • Shop News

    Announcing the arrival of the Lomo'Instant Lake Tahoe!

    Announcing the arrival of the Lomo'Instant Lake Tahoe!

    Say hello to the shiny black and grey embodiment of serenity and adventure that the largest alpine lake in North America inspired! Say hello to the Lomo'Instant Lake Tahoe!

  • Lomography x ONFOTO STUDIO: Out of Expectation

    written by kasim-lks on 2016-08-25 #news
    Lomography x ONFOTO STUDIO: Out of Expectation

    Photography is a lot like life - definitely unpredictable. Have you shot a photo that amazed or surprised you? Lomography Taiwan teamed up with ONFOTO STUDIO for an analogue photo competition. Go ahead, surprise us!

    2016-08-25 1
  • Newcomer of the Week: skyler_burkhart

    written by Lomography on 2015-12-20
    Newcomer of the Week: skyler_burkhart

    At first, Skyler only visited the Lomography website to take a look at sample photographs taken with different point-and-shoot cameras. Seeing the immense focus given by the community to film photography and experimentation, two things she absolutely loves, she immediately signed up and started her own LomoHome. In this interview, she talks about her go-to camera, the difference between digital and film photography and more.

    2015-12-20 1
  • Lomography x Plaid Rumble

    written by lomographysoholondon on 2016-06-29 #videos
    Lomography x Plaid Rumble

    Ed Handley and Andy Turner form electronic duo Plaid who released their first album back in 1991 and have just released their 12th album titled The Digging Remedy. Lomography teamed up with Plaid to offer you the chance to win the latest album plus a Lomo'instant Black!

    2016-06-29
  • Shop News

    Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens goes live in the online shop!

    Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens goes live in the online shop!

    Do you long for the dreamy soft focus that only the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens can give your photos? Grab it in the lens mount of your choice! Brass versions are now available for purchase in the shop!

  • Susu Laroche: Eyeing in Dreams and Delirium

    written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-03-05 #people
    Susu Laroche: Eyeing in Dreams and Delirium

    What do you call the place between fiction and reality? It is a middle earth, an in-between yet to have a proper name. Photographer Susu Laroche has already taken off to find that place.

    2016-03-05
  • Happy Earth Day: Unplugged in NYC with Pass the Pistil

    written by Lomography NYC on 2016-04-22 #news #people
    Happy Earth Day: Unplugged in NYC with Pass the Pistil

    Last week at Lomography NYC, we were lucky to have Emily Murphy of the garden design blog Pass the Pistil visit us for a special workshop. She talked abut how gardening is a different kind of analogue, and not that different from photography. Learn more here!

    2016-04-22
  • Lomography x Casetify: #SlayThePortrait Photo Competition

    written by Lomography on 2016-11-10 #news
    Lomography x Casetify: #SlayThePortrait Photo Competition

    This is the season to fall in love with portraits! We partnered with our friends at Casetify for a #SlayThePortrait Photo Competition. Enter to win $2000 worth of tech goodies, including Petzval 85 Art Lens!

    8
  • Find Out More About