Whacked out colors? Sure, why not. Hot highlights and bright tones? Yes. Such has been my personal experience with Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film. As you continue reading, treat this not only as a critique of the film, but feel free to critique the photographer. Maybe I’ve done something terribly wrong!
I purchased a three pack of Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film back in 2009 when I still hadn’t a real clue about slide films. Guess what? Two years later and I still don’t have a solid idea what makes this film pop. Quite frankly, I’m a bit lukewarm in regards to purchasing it again, but perhaps there is something you can share to sway my feelings. Let’s explore my experiments with the film in detail.
First Roll: Kenya, 2009
New adventures in far away places are an automatic combo for photo success when paired with a Horizon Kompakt. Placing a roll of the Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film into my camera, I snapped away thinking little about what would be on the film afterwards. I was participating on an overseas volunteer project and the conditions which we were working in all seemed perfect for taking pictures. The hot African sun was out illuminating the dark brown earth which we were digging as well as the blue and greens found in our volunteer tee-shirts. You get the picture, I hope.
When I returned home I decided to cross-process the film since it was the cheapest avenue to go. Upon receiving them I found results that did not make my heart beat insanely and were not necessary whacked out with extreme color shifts. Maybe I was hoping for too much the first time around.
Second Roll: Florida 2010
The Manatee Viewing Center is a free attraction here in Florida for wildlife lovers. It is also home of the Tampa Electric Company. I’ve written a location for that here on Lomography, so I won’t get into all those details again. What I can say about my visit that day that I haven’t already mentioned is this. Imagine a cold morning with blue-gray overcast skies and somewhat biting chill here in Florida. Such was the weather conditions that day. Nothing around me was particularly vibrant that day and as usual, I had my Horizon Kompakt in tow. Again, it was loaded with Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film and just like the first roll, I opted for cross-processing on the second.
I did enjoy the results much more this time around. The pictures depict a very accurate scene of what the area looked like that day, but nothing wildly different. Fair enough.
Third Roll: Zanzibar 2010
Off in Africa on a tiny tropical paradise, I thought it the perfect opportunity to finish up my Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film supply. Before shooting I’d made no firm decision to cross-process or process E-6. That wasn’t a concern while I was there. I just wanted to capture the beauty of the seaweed farms and coastal villages. The sun was more powerful than any other sunlight I have previously encountered even in the early morning. It probably didn’t help that the sands were the colors of heaven (bright white) and the water was the same color of shimmery crystals.
Long story short, I decided on E6 processing. My shots were quite overexposed (my own fault), but they remain some of my favorite to date.
In studying all three of my results, time of day which I captured the photos and weather they were all a bit similar in my own opinion. Whether they were cross-processed or E6 the shots all seem pretty white and bright, yet I’m still lukewarm on this film.
Note: These were all home scanned by me using my Canon 9000F.