Normally, C-41 chemicals are designed to develop print film resulting in negatives of the final image whereas E-6 chemicals are designed to process transparency films into positive images so they may be projected onto the wall during a slideshow (a form a entertainment from a bygone era). Cross processing slide film is the act of developing slide film through the C-41 rather than the E-6 chemical process. The result is a negative that is color shifted, contrasty and grainy. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few examples of cross processed Fuji Provia 400x film which I purchased in 2010, but then forgot about in the back of my closet. Unfortunately, Provia 400x is a 400 ISO film that’s no longer produced, but Fuji still makes the slower 100 ISO version, Provia 100F if you want to give it a try.
During a recent vacation, I shot an old roll of Fuji Provia 400x film and had it crossprocessed just to see what might happen. Here are the results and I am pleased!
The colors have a green shift and the images yield a grainy contrasty old world sort of retro look. I ran this roll through my Nikon F-100 and mainly used my very affordable travel lens, the 24-85mm f/3.5 – 4.5.
Although I’m trying to break my habit of photographing my food…but anticipating a green shift in color, I thought I might try to shoot my Brussel sprouts.
We stayed in a condo just a short walk from the beach that had a beautiful rose garden.
I shot both the featured photo at the top of this post as well as the one below with my 105mm macro lens.
Limonium Perezii (Sea Lavender) is plentiful on the coast.
Noteworthy in this seaside vacation town were the skateboarders. This one skillfully mounts his carefully balanced board at sunset.
Some obligatory beach shots.
We found a sand turtle.
A Victorian looking building.
A Self portrait.
We saw more VW vans in excellent shape here than you’d expect to find other places.
Bikes and surf boards for rent!
Detail of the rental shop.