What happens when you develop color (C41) film in black and white chemicals? Technically it’s called cross-processing. But usually cross-processing refers to C41 film developed in E6 chemicals (or vice versa). I wanted to find out what would happen to color film if it was developed in black and white chemicals. Why? Because, why not?
When I started self-developing my film I had so many questions, not just about the development process (which you can read about here for b&w film and here for color film), but also about the logistics involved. Can I reuse chemicals? For how long? How do I dispose of them? How should I store them?
Kodak Portra 400 is an extremely versatile professional film available in 35mm and 120. It loves light and handles highlights and detail retention extremely well. Rating at ISO 200 and metering for the shadows or midtones will give beautiful, warm colors and natural skin tones.
I recently made a weekend trip to Chicago on a pilgrimage of sorts to see Michael Kenna’s exhibition at a gallery there. Michael Kenna is one of my photography heroes. Of course, I took my Hasselblad and a handful of film along as well and managed to do some shooting when I wasn’t perusing Kenna’s work in raptured ecstasy.
One question often asked by people wanting to try film photography is: “What type of film should I use?” And it’s actually a very good question. Considering the numerous varieties of film to choose from, and with each having its own specific strengths, weaknesses, and aesthetic look, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Japan has been top of my and my wife Sarah’s ‘must visit’ list for as long as we’ve known each other, and in November we finally managed to make it out there. It was a close call, as I had to have spine surgery a couple of months after booking the holiday, and we had to race to get me booked in with enough time to recover before we left! Luckily, I was in good enough shape to travel long haul, and the 13 hour flight didn’t cause my legs to drop off.
If you love instant film photography, you may just own an Instax camera or have gone as far as a custom skinned SX-70. However, you may not know the best system, hands down, for manual control instant photography is the Mamiya Universal Press. (Find the Mamiya Universal Press at KEH Camera or on eBay.)
Ilford Delta 400 is relatively new to me. I typically shoot Ilford HP5+ (ok, actually it’s about 95% of what I shoot), but I wanted to try something different. And you know what? I love it! And yes, Delta 400 is different from HP5+. Very.