My forgotten rolls of colour film

Last night I tried c41 processing at home.  I found it to be much faff and less enjoyable than black and white processing, but this morning, after processing more rolls, I think I have the process down.

I have the BelliniFoto Monopart C41 Kit from nik & trick. It features a developer, a bleach, fixer and a stabiliser to wash with. The main differences from a black and white process are the temperatures, which are much higher at 38c, and with this kit there are no water washes.

My main reason for getting a c41 kit was to finally process old colour films and to try the process. I stopped mostly shooting colour film towards the end of 2014 and started experimenting with black and white films, so there are a few colour films hanging about waiting for development.

The following is a complete 120 roll of ektar that I exposed with a holga pinhole camera on a trip to kent, 2015.

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The following are the best bits from 2 rolls of agfa vista (re-branded fuji stuff) spanning 2014-15, featuring two camping trips. I think they were shot with a contax 139q, and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.7.

It looks like a tumblr blog, is that still a thing?

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Woods
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zebra billy can
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zebra billy can 2
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standing about
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lounging about
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axe
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axe 2
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tools
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tools 2
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Ben

Currently burning more agfa vista 200 in my oly mju ii. I want to see what a freshly exposed pushed film will be like.

Bergger Pancro 400

This film is something special, a totally new film with two emulsion layers.

I am really impressed with the amount of detail it can hold in the shadows when underexposed, and how much detail it retains in the blown highlights. Scanning and processing was a little tricky, I always scan for neutral tiff files and then batch edit with a curve later on. The neutral scans were muddy in the shadows -its like the film retains details too well, and it took me awhile to sort out but I had to curve down the blacks a lot more than I normally would with HP5.

Speaking of hp5, the images are similar in tone but the grain is very different. Up close the grains are smaller and there seems to be more, probably because of the 2 layers.

I developed the film in my go-to HC110 at dilution B for 9 mins at 20c as recommended by Bergger in the data sheets (though, on the box there’s no HC110 data.) The film has to be fixed for a longer time than most films and it drys very straight with no curling.

The images were shot with my leica m2 at 400 iso and are a mixed bunch.

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Three shades of silver
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Flight
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NEC Arena
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Suit
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Graffiti
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Boat
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Woods
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Stranger on the stairs

The images have really nice tones but can I push the film to 1600 for some zone focusing street photography?

Some course work shots

I have been trying to catch up with my FMP work. Despite the stress, it’s getting there. I am currently in the process of material research, pushing film various stops and comparing them, and shooting both fuji film and digital fuji xpro1 for comparison. The similarities to the xpro1 black and white in-camera preset and the real acros film are very close despite the lack of grain and flatter contrast in the digital version.

With my leica m2 + a roll of fuji acros, I have been trying to find locations to continue a documentary on my town as well as use the time in Lincoln to shoot. I do like the film, especially for pinhole images, but its too slow. At the 100 ISO box speed for a winters day I struggled to find enough light with adequate depth of field and shot most of the graffiti images at 1/30th handheld. I much prefer HP5 at 1600.

Also, I wish I bought my m2 years ago. Without much thought, I picked it up and started using it straight away as these images show.

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Your typical Lincoln snapshot
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Trying the m2 at street photography
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Makushi I
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Makushi II
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Flour mill & pole
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Graffiti I
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Graffiti II
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Graffiti III & EU
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Old council building
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Cat