These are the scans of photo’s I took in Colombia in various cities. I used my silver Olympus Mju 2 which I have sadly lost along with some Lomo Xpro 100 film. I scanned the negatives myself with an Epson V500 and left the borders on since I felt it gave the images more of an analogue feeling.
Above is street parade/party in Bogota. This is a weekly occurrence where they close of the streets for some music and fun.
A hill overlooking the city of Popayán. The city has their own versions of empanadas and they are really awesome.
A small cemetery we came across in Barichara.
Accoring to Wikipedia Cross processing (sometimes abbreviated to Xpro) is the procedure of deliberately processing photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film.
This normally means taking slidefilm (E-6) film and developing it as if it was regular negative film. This results in shifted colors and stronger contrast.
So why would any sane person do this?
1) It’s fun and unpredictable. You never truly know what you will get. Especially if you throw expired film into the mix
2) Developing as slidefilm is more expensive, so its actually cheaper to develop as slide film is you are able to find a lab
The following photo’s were taken with my Holga and Kodak Ektachrome E100S. This was then crossprocessed and scanned to show the sprockets. And the results are uh, well uh, green. Kermit-the-frog-exploded-in-my-camera-green. In my past experience the green shift has never been this strong with Ektachrome, but in this case it went all the way.
On the left is hotel I stay at for business in New Jersey and on the right is an abandoned housing complex in Singapore now used by the military for practice urban warefare.
Flying over Chicago after the midwest.
Lucky 100 SHD Black and White film all the way from China. Google told me it’s specifically produced in Baoding in the Hebei province. Wiki then told me that those metal balls people move around in one hand that you find in Asian gift in the west are actually originally from Baoding and also carry its name and then twitter told me to shut up
So moving on, this is a very affordable film (=cheap). It works well, normal exposure, fine tones, not grainy (shouldn’t be since its 100 film).
Nice and cheap, what’s not to like?
The photo’s were shot with my Olympus mju II or Epic Stylus for you ‘mericans or µ2 for you perfectionists out there.
Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 is a black and white film. According to comments online it is renowned for its fine grain. I tend to push the contrast so it may not be so apparent in the images I present.
All pictures were taken with a film Canon EOS 500 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. All shot at f2.2
I tend to shoot a lot of pictures from the back. It is interesting how much somebody’s back can say.
Devotee right after getting his cheeks and tongue pierced. A long bare-footed walk in the hot Singaporean sun still awaits him.
I like how his walking staff divides the frame in two. Devotees with heavy kavadis or people wearing the wooden shoes with nails would use these nicely decorated walking canes.
I like this film. It has great tonality. As long as you expose correctly and don’t blow out your highlights you are able to get some great black and white images and with some post processing you can really achieve the look you are looking for. I do acknowledge I process in a heavier contrast than others may prefer.
I took these images at Thaipusam Singapore 2011 with Lomo negative color 35mm film and my Olympus Mju2, MjuII or Stylus Epic ( I should really just pick one and stick with it, right?)
One of the Chinese devotees in the temple. He had a row of small pots filled with milk pierced to his back.
I was shooting at about 9am so there was enough light in the temple for 100 film. The end result has a faint yellow feeling to it, but that can be the product of the scanning.
One of the devotees preparing to get his cheeks pierced. The crowd around him shouts the same words, louder and louder until the metal skewer piercing his flesh.
Again the yellowish tone of the film. I am not sure if I like it or not, it does give the pictures a distinct look and maybe more interesting than just the “normal” colors.
The above image was shot outside and it gives a much more vibrant picture then the ones shot inside the temple. It was probably the light conditions inside the temples that caused the yellowish tint. No noticable grain which I wouldn’t expect from 100 film. I like it and would reccomend it. I am not sure about the price since it was a gift, but knowing the people at Lomo it is probably more expensive then the film from Fuji and Kokak, something to consider.