Friday, March 15, 2013

A day in the sun. Shooting derby with cross-processed color slide film.

The other reason why, after shooting derby for five years, I was looking forward to shooting my first outdoor bout last month, was the opportunity for shooting cross processed slide film without the need for flash. 

What's cross processed slide film?  Slide film produces a color positive negative.  You look at the film illuminated from behind and you see a "normal' image.  Color print film produces a color negative film, which then becomes color positive when a color print is made.  Each type of color film is processed with it's own chemicals. Cross processing refers to developing film with the "wrong chemicals."  In this case E-6 color slide film is developed in C-41chemicals to produce a color negative that results in prints with odd color shifts.  And they are a bit more grainy and have higher contrast too.





The full flickr set (of the frames I selected from a single roll of film) is here:

This roll of film was shot with a Zeiss Ikon (with a Leica 90mm Summarit lens).  It's a 35mm film rangefinder. Several years ago, I read a review comparing the Leica M7 with the Zeiss Ikon.  While the reviewer thought the Leica might be a little bit better overall, the viewfinder is a little larger and brighter than Leica's. So when Zeiss announced they were discontinuing the chrome-topped (chrome is sexy!)  Zeiss Ikon, I bought one of the last cameras off Zeiss has since announced they are discontinuing the all-black Zeiss Ikon as well. The finder on the Zeiss is sooo yummy.  It's a bigger and brighter than the finder on my M8.

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