Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cross-Processing, part II: Kodak and Lomography films, cross-processed

Hopefully you tuned in last week for Part I of the cross-processing special, in which Old-School Photo Lab's Ty Ueda reviewed the results the various Fuji slide films give when cross-processed. Without further ado, here are his expert opinions on the cross-processed results of Kodak and Lomography slide films. All the images are Ty Ueda's.

Kodak E100G
E100G creates robust and saturated images with just enough contrast to make things deep and impacting.  Best used on a sunny day, point at the nearest colorful object and snap away!

Kodak E100VS

E100VS, a film that is rather dense in nature, is one of the slide films that Kodak is still readily producing.  This film, as abbreviated in its title, is very saturated, and when cross processed tends to have rather high amounts of contrast. 

Kodak Ektachrome 100 EPP Plus

 Ektachrome 100 EPP is a classic slide film produced by Kodak known for its high contrast, pleasurable skin tones, and high saturation.  When cross processed, this film has an exorbitant amount of contrast, which looks great for things like silhouettes.  This film has been discontinued so keep an eye out for it!

Kodak Ektachrome EPR 64

A film widely regarded as the industry standard, Kodak EPR 64 is a low speed slide film known for it’s great tones under controlled daylight lighting situations.  The film offers neutral colors and a touch of contrast, making it a great all around film.  Sadly this favorite has long been discontinued, and since most EPR that is found is expired, it tends not to have some of its fine grain qualities.

Kodak Ektachrome E200

Boasting an extremely fine grain, Ektachrome E200 presents wildly cool tones to a photo of every situation.  In any sort of lighting, E200 will take your photo and slap a blue intensifier on the photo and leave it looking as blue as the sky can be. 

Kodak Elitechrome 100 EB

Only produced in a 35mm size, Elitechrome 100 EB gives off a vast collection of radiant colors, ranging from underwater-like blue tones to neon yellow tints.  Under daylight, expect clear deep blue tones in the sky and around landscapes, while indoor lighting situations usually give off the yellow cast that already radiates from tungsten light. 

Kodak Elitechrome 100 EBX

Yes, it is just like it sounds! Elitechrome EB Extra Color  is everything you love about Elitechrome 100 EB with a touch more saturation and contrast.  This film successfully takes the already outrageous colors from Elitechrome EB and turns the dial up to 11! 
*PLEASE NOTE* Both Elitechrome EB and EBX are often deemed unscannable by our machines.  To best avoid this, try under-exposing the film rather than over exposing it.

Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100

Since Lomography seems to be on top of the whole cross processed movement, they began packaging their own slide films to sell exclusively labeling them for cross processing.  This film offers high saturation and tones much like those of Elitechrome EB.

Lomography X-Pro Slide 200

Another slide film produced by Lomography! This film generally yields a wider range of color casts, along with a lower contrast than the 100 film they produce.  With my personal use of the film, I’ve received everything from red overcasts to yellow tints to green flares, so I’ve always deemed X-Pro Slide 200 as a rather unpredictable film.  

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