One of the things that drives me crazy to the point of wanting to sell it all and getting a digital camera is… color.
Getting back the results from the labs is always a moment of anxiety and many, many times (not to say most of the times) a true disappointment.
I’ve lost count of the times I got home, sat down, scanned the film and spent hours and hours fixing a bad lab work but sometimes there’s just nothing to do. The shot is ruined forever, like this one.
On this particular situation it’s not just about the color, I’m pretty sure I could save it if it was, but the frame is “thin”, there’s not enough “information” to work with.
Imagine getting back 12 beautiful thin, faint blue(ish)/Green(ish) frames. Pun intended.
Yes I know, I could do it myself but I don’t want that extra work even getting a Jobo. I don’t shoot enough color film to justify the time and the money, however I would love to get a good job done when I must send out film to develop.
Okay… that being said… color film is a wonderful medium to work with. If the shooting and the developing is done properly it’s great to see how different films behave.
Fuji is cold, Kodak is warm.
It’s almost like a mantra. A true mantra.
How about an extreme situation?
A dark room, dim artificial light and I only had a roll of Kodak E100G.
The meter was reading 1/30 for f4 and I shot at 1/60.
I didn’t had much faith in the final result so I asked the lab to cross-process it. Who knows, maybe some strange color… thing would happen on the good side.
Here’s the result.
Now look at the same film (also cross processed) under good natural light.
And here is the final sample. The same film, Kodak E100G, standard development, under natural light.
As a final conclusion
1 – Many labs suck.
2 – Color film is great.
3 – Fuji is cold, Kodak is warm.
4 – Cross processing Kodak E100G makes the images colder (the greens stand out) and it adds saturation.