Roid Week Aftermath

Okay, so it’s been a while since Roid Week, but somehow I haven’t been in the mood to blog. Let’s remedy that, shall we?

It was incredibly fun. I shot four films I haven’t used before, and I shot a lot of it, as you can see.

Roid Week Extravaganza

It looks like a lot, but granted, there’s still an enormous amount of Polaroid film in our fridge, and whil I’m a bit careful with not wasting any, there’s no reason letting it go to waste. Plus, there’s no such thing as a ruined Polaroid, right?

So, seeing all those photos, there must be some leftovers. There sure are. That’s why I’m declaring this week Roid Rejects Week. A week filled with all the good stuff that didn’t make it into Roid Week. Someone suggested opening a group on Flickr, but for me it’s really just about the spirit. Come join me, will ya? Let’s see what we have for a start.

Artistic East-German Building

UNO.de

Good Morning

Yep, that’ll work.

To sum up, I found two really nice new films, the 669 and the 779, luckily I just stocked up on both.

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It’s Roid Week!

The one event in spring and autumn to look forward to the most? Why, Roid Week of course! Get out your cameras, jam some film in there, go out and shoot. It’s not about worrying too much about wasting film, it’s about shooting with all you’ve got, and having fun with it.

I started out with three films I’ve never shot with, including the most awesome 779, the Artistic TZ and some 600 b&w film that’s been expired for more than six years. I can’t speak too highly for the latter, but it was still fun to finally take them out for a spin. They’re not something I’d use more often though. The Artistic TZ is a film totally standing on its own, and I think it’s only good for shooting outside, in the sun, with some blue sky in the picture.

Artistic Power Lines

About the b&w, I shot a pack last year, but it was expired in 99, and it didn’t really come out at all. On some shots you could see some shapes, but that was about it. Sadly, the b&w film I ordered from PolaPremium is in the same league, but on some shots you can at least recognize something. Not my favorites, that’s for sure.

Parkway Drive

Today I put a pack of expired 669 film in my Automatic 230, and the colors are awesome. Boy I’m glad that I just recently bought two more twin packs of that film.

Summer days

The best part about Roid Week though is the excitement around it. Everyone interested in Polaroid is celebrating this week, either by digging out old shots, or by going out and shooting just for the occasion. Me, I do both, though I don’t really have old shots, just some taken over the last couple of weeks. But I’m also taking a camera with me every day, trying to shoot as many things a day as I can, without getting the feeling I’m wasting film.

Also, fitting with Roid Week, I scored eight twin-packs of expired 664 film. Here’s to some more b&w goodness, and to an awesome Roid Week. Check out the pool for some mind-blowing Polaroid stuff. And keep your Poladroids out of our Roid Week, will ya?

Cross-Processing

It’s not for the faint-hearted, and it’s not for everyone, it’s cross-processing! It’s also the only option for people who don’t access to labs developing slide film.

If you don’t know what it is, you basically develop a roll of slide film (E6) in development liquids for color negative film (C41), or vice versa. I have never tried the vice versa though, it seems like a waste of film to me, because the results don’t look as nice as they can with cross-processing slide film. I can’t speak for developing C41 with E6, but the other way around you also need to be aware that cross-processing usually also pushes the exposure by one stop. This works nice with the Holga, especially with very low-speed film, but with other cameras you need to factor that in.

But even with slide film, I have mixed feelings about it. Most films get a very odd color tinge. Some films adopt the color that’s most present in the photo, others just turn purple. I’m not too fond of that. Sure, you could try to get a good share of different colors in your photo, but then again I might as well develop slide film as slide film, because some films are just plain awesome on their own. Plus, I’m not a fan of some people’s notion that slide film just has to cross-processed. Because it’s Lomo, because everyone else does it, who cares? Truth is that slide film can look nice just processed as slide film. Do whatever works for you.

Take Fuji’s Velvia series, for example. The Velvia 50 and the Velvia 100 (including F) result in awesome, saturated photos. The colors are almost insanely saturated, but to a point where it still makes for a nice combination, not as with HDR. Did I mention I’m not fond of HDR? Okay, there you have it.

a dandelion for you, blue sky

Plus, there’s nothing like holding a stripe of 120 film in your hands where you can see the photo as it is. Screw those tiny slides with plastic casing your dad used to put on a show with, this is the real deal.

But, coming back to the original topic, there are two films that are just awesome for cross-processing, one of them is Agfa’s RSX-II 200, the other is Fuji Velvia 50. Unfortunately, production of the RSX-II has been stopped years back, and Agfa shut down altogether, but there’s hope. Rollei released a film called Digibase CR 200 which is based on the emulsion of the original RSX-II. I’m looking forward to trying it out, but until then, I still have ten rolls of the original in my fridge. An example of how it turns out cross-processed.

trabbi safari

That’s an improvement I can get on board with. The colors are greatly saturated, but not yet to the point where it looks totally unnatural. But it’s not only great for cross-processing, it has amazing colors all by itself, especially with the added expired-ness.

a warm breeze

Get your hands on a roll of that new Rollei film. Either way, you won’t regret it.

Now, just last weekend I put a roll of Velvia 50 in my Holga and had it cross-processed. The film stripes had a purple-ish tinge which made me suspicious, but when I scanned it, I was blown away. Sure, it has a slight shift to green, but it still looks awesome.

Some blossoms

Velvia 50 has now officially taken the spot on being one of three slide films I would cross-process every once in a while. As a matter of fact, when shooting it with the Holga, I might just always get it cross-processed. If you’re wondering what the third is, it’s Fuji Provia 400X. It also mostly improves color saturation with a gentle touch of green.

There’s one other film people like getting cross-processed, it’s the infamous and now almost distinct Agfa Precisa CT 100. I think it was produced until some point last year, under license of good old Agfa Film. It’s cheap, and apparently it makes for amazing results. For me, I don’t care for it too much, because I prefer shooting roll film, but other people swear by it, so you could, no you should try that as well.

In the end, it’s all about experimenting with the medium film, and I prefer that over experimenting in Photoshop or with awful Holga or Polaroid filters anytime.