Cross Processing

Cross Processing

If you’re not familiar with cross processing, it is the act of developing E-6 film in C-41 chemistry or C-41 film in E-6 chemistry. It can change the seemingly normal color pallets of everyday life to something magical and enchanted. Since this is a blog and only words, I can’t show you the change but I can do my best to describe it for the rest of the world, (or you can just type cross processing film in Google images…).

Cross processing E-6 film in C-41 chemistry will have a different effect depending on the type of film that is used. For example, Lomo Purple (my favorite film to cross process) turns out, you guessed it, mostly purple but with casts of cyan as well. The coolest part about this film is that, for the most part, it doesn’t alter skin tones too drastically except on very very fair complexed people. So, it kind of makes people look like their walking through Wonderland. If you don’t know what I’m talking about because you’ve never seen Alice in Wonderland, modern remake or old, stop reading this blog and culture yourself for a minute, or really like seventy five minutes if it’s the 1950’s version and one hundred and eight minutes for the 2010 version. Either one will do the trick so that you understand how vivid the colors and how deep the contrast is (even though I have failed to mention the anything about how dramatic the contrast until this point, which makes the colors pop even more) in Lomo Purple. Not all E-6 film cross processed as C-41 will turn out purple. I strongly advise you to Google search in images “Cross Processing Color Guide,” look at that sucker, and Google the results of the different films being cross processed because again, this is a blog with no pictures because photo blogs aren’t really blogs, that’s just Instagram.

Now on to cross processing C-41 film in E-6 chemicals! It’s stupid. You shouldn’t do it. You lose all of your contrast even if you push the film a million stops. Yeah your colors are wonky which makes you “artsy,” but it doesn’t look good and you will come off as a try hard and all of your friends will leave you because they think that you’ve sunk your entire life into photography and this is what you’ve come up with even though it is literally the worst roll you have ever shot because it is so flat and has zero depth just like your life at this point and even your dog will leave you because it realizes it can do better than this big long run on sentence explaining the consequence and repercussion of being dumb and cross processing C-41 film in E-6 chemicals.

Now that you know literately everything there is to know, but probably just some opinionated things, about cross processing film, but from a guy that develops cross processed film just about every day, go out and shoot the world in a non violent fashion!