When bad things happen to good film.


As the opposition leader of the Australian Government said recently, “Sh*t happens!”. Yes, sometimes it does. Although I like to think that something good can come out of something that has gone a little sh*tty.

I give you the “creatively” over-processed film that I picked up from the photo lab yesterday. The film was a Rollei Crossbird 200 ISO slide film to be developed in C-41 colour negative chemicals…clearly something went wrong because instead of beautiful deep colours like this:

I got back washed out black & white photographs like this:

Now… the best thing to come out of this is that thanks to the genius that is my LC-A the photos are still lovely on the most part. My favourite is this one, which despite the black & white shade still glows with the beauty of a Melbourne summer’s day.

So yes, sh*t happens, but thankfully it doesn’t happen too often & when it does, sometimes something beautiful results.

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written by milkandmiel on 2011-03-13 #gear #review #lc-a #melbourne #lomography #cross-processing #rollei-crossbird #user-review #over-processed


  1. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    I'm almost willing to put money on the fact that the lab you took it to just didn't know how to scan it. Look at the negs - if they've got any colour at all you should be able to get them rescanned and get proper x-pro colours. It's best to do it yourself in most cases - lab scanners are often confused by the x-pro film, and technicians can also perceive the wild colours to be a mistake.

  2. milkandmiel
    milkandmiel ·

    @coldkennels I was hoping this was the case when I first got the film back, but unfortunately the negatives are black & white... and quite over-exposed. :-( Thanks for the tip though!

  3. aradiel
    aradiel ·

    I don't understand how a tale of wrong processing constitutes a review of the film. Nice going on the shameless self-promotion, too ;P

  4. kribbzor
    kribbzor ·

    the pics are cool, but it sucks that it happend to such a great film :/

  5. milkandmiel
    milkandmiel ·

    @aradiel I don't think I even submitted it as a review... but as a analogue lifestyle article. *shrug* You can see my review of Crossbird film at… & there are others at… ,… &… :-)

  6. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Ahhhh so disappointing :(

  7. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    it's still looking good, even when sh*t happens :)

  8. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    @milkandmiel - I hope you went back and complained, then! Slide film is too expensive for your lab to be ruining like that.

  9. andrewhope
    andrewhope ·

    I once bought a cheap Kodak b+w film (I was desperate for a b+w film and its all I could find) once I received it back from the lab it had imperfections all over the negs,which was no fault of the lab. I was extremely disappointed,only got a few good photos from them.

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