I am not a big fan of cross processing, e.g. you use a slide film such as Kodak Ektachrome and develop it in C-41 process, which is normally used for color negative film. What happens is that you get a much higher contrast and some interesting colors. Some films work well, others work less good. Ektachrome has always been a slide film that worked well for cross processing. While Fuji Velvia was rather ugly and color shifted vastly. The grain enlarges a lot, making it look gritty.

Cross processing pretty popular was during the mid 90s with fashion magazines. You know, looking more edgy and such. The gritty look appealed as being more modern, more tough of some sorts. And sometimes it did pretty cool. It became a style...

And yet - it is an interesting technique !

I even have seen sensual, mesmerizing images made from C-41 Color Negative film processing in E-6 (Slide film) process. It does of course not remove the orange mask, but had a very special look (i believe it was sensual women as a motive - and it was so well made in combination with cross processing C-41 film in E-6. (I have never tested that version). Only E-6 films in C-41. Not the other way around.

 

A typical dull summer day

I like the image above, because it gives that gritty dull feeling of a summer day that doesn't want to take off. It is chilly in the air, rain is only inches away from falling - and the sun stays away. Nothing unusual up here in Sweden...

We get that all the time.



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