Cross Processing

Cross Processing

October 24, 2010

After recently coming across some amazing cross processed images and looking at the work of multi-talented artist Scott Hansen, I decided to give my interest in cross-processed film a try.  I always enjoyed the aesthetic it often creates and the almost vintage feel of the images.  For those of you who are unaware of what cross-processing (or x-processesing) entails, here's a quick explanation:  color negative film use C-41 chemicals during film development to produce negatives, while color slide film uses E-6 chemicals to produce finished slides.  The X-Process involves using the opposite chemicals for the type of film you used; in my case, I shot with color slide film, and developed it with C-41 chemicals.  I also experimented with expired film (about 2006) to hopefully enhance any effects.  

Cross Processing is extremely unpredictable and results can vary between film types, the prominent colors in a shot, the batch of chemicals used, even between single rolls of film from the same batch.  I started off shooting with Fuji Velvia 100 and Fuji 64T Type II.  The former produced very red tones, and the latter tungsten slide film came out with a nice bluish green color cast, which I enjoyed.  Although very unlike anything I have ever done before, I will continue to experiment.  Despite some very nauseating images and strong color casts that are far from being acceptably accurate in color, it is quite exciting to see what happens after the film is developed.  

I just went out shooting in the woods near my apartment, and took some shots of nature for the most part.  Here are some of my favorites:





 


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