It’s getting harder and harder — and it was already nigh impossible — to find labs to process slide film. With that in mind, I decided to try cross-processing. These results (Fuji Sensia 100 processed in C‑41) are really pleasing to me! Granted, they aren’t that positive film look — and they don’t quite evoke the wonder I have when I look at slides — but the results are more than acceptable! I like the tone of the blues quite a lot.
The flare in some of them is from the 35mm goggles lens.…got to remember to use the lens hood more often!
Photographed at the Indiafest 2017, hosted by the Sri Ganesha Temple in Nashville. Leica M3, Fuji Sensia 100 35mm.
A week in Vancouver with a roll of Velvia 120 and FP4+ 35mm is about perfection.
Mostly playing tourist and not too much exploration, but even that was rewarding. Stanley Park is phenomenal, Gastown is great fun, and random side streets were well worth investigating.
On the technical side, I shot the Velvia with my Mamiya 645 Pro TL with the 45, 80 and 150mm lenses. I don’t shoot that camera too much these days ‑Â I have been working with the GA645 more often for medium format film. When I to manage to set aside the time and energy to show the Pro TL, the results are amazing. Especially with slide film, looking at the actual media in real life is a treat. Not to mention the sheer size of the raw amount of data coming from the 6x45 negatives!
This was also the first trip with my Leica M3 and while I am not as quick with the focusing as I am with my A‑1, I am coming along with the rest of the process. Even having to meter with an external meter on this trip for it, I still was able to shoot reasonably quickly when the time came. And the look of the images I really love, especially on those photos with a large amount of fine detail and contrast.
A great trip, really welcoming city and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll call it home.
This late afternoon image was made in December 2011 with Provia 100f slide film. The sun was still bright but the year was drawing down and all the colors were starting to fade. Especially in Asheville, where once the fall leaves disappear it can get rather dreary.
However, this wall in the Asheville River Arts District was a massive antidote to the gray. Seeming impervious to temperature or surroundings, the wall stood (and stands) not with an active purpose, but maybe just with an identity. A bit of an unmmoving block of color holding court with itself. I had walked this neighborhood many times to get out from behind my desk and get a bit of fresh air, and although I had photographed the wall with digital and negative color film, I had never really felt like I had made an image that was fully present in both color and texture. However, this one last walk of the year I had slide film loaded and the time was right.
One of the hardest, for me, challenges when shooting an image like this is to get it all lined up properly. Any tilt up/down or left/right will be very noticeable in the finished image, and taking care in the moment to true your lines pays dividends later. I think I still have a bit of vertical misalignment, with the top titled slightly away from the film plane, but overall the wall and the film seem to line up pretty well. Exposure with the in-camera mechanism, check focus and with a click the image is made.
I’ve discussed the benefits/process of slide film before, especially regarding the viewing of an image and seeing the miniature world within. With this image the experience was nearly transcendent. It was like holding pure light, this amazing transparent yet solid emulsion of orange and blue. I am no way with Rothko’s talent, but I imagine his wonder at a completed color field painting to be much the same as when I first held the developed image above.
It was made with a Fuji GA645, quite a workhorse medium format camera. If you aren’t familiar with one, think of a wide-angle rangefinder with autofocus capability. Extremely sharp elements and very accurate metering. It is a fun camera that I’ve used many times over.
This image is meaningful for two reasons — the first is that after many attempts with a subject, I was finally able to find the right combination of material and process to get a satisfactory image. The second reason is this photograph helped push my boundaries a little bit. Removing people, nature, and many extraneous items from the image I was presented with slight texture and complementary colors.
A selection of the Velvia 100F, 6x45 format, shots taken with the GA645. Rome, October 2012.