Film Developed With Unicolor C-41 Kit


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Color negative film has great latitude, and it's tons of fun.

Developing C-41 yourself can be a very enjoyable part of the creative process.  It also has the potential for better quality-control and uniformity.

Just to give you an idea, here are a few scans of color neg film that I developed myself. 





Moonrise

March 2, 2015
Fujifilm Superia 400

Tripod
Unicolor C-41 Kit
Developed 3/22/16
Chems at t=24 hours, no refrigeration from 0 to 24h
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 6.5 minutes









Railroad Car, View 1

November 12, 2014
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/23/16

Chems at t=48 hours, refrigerated from about t=24 to t=48
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 7 minutes









Railroad Car, View 2

November 12, 2014
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/23/16

Chems at t=48 hours, refrigerated from about t=24 to t=48
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 7 minutes









Red Leaves

November 12, 2014
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/23/16

Chems at t=48 hours, refrigerated from about t=24 to t=48 hrs.
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 7 minutes



This was the 7th or 8th roll that I developed in the chems.  t=48 hours and no noticeable deterioration of quality. 

Even if Fuji Pro 400H is a better film, Superia Xtra 400 has that fourth color layer just like 400H.  In a scene like this one, Superia is in top form.





Tree

November 12, 2014
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/23/16

Chems at t=48 hours, refrigerated from t=24 to 48.
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 7 minutes



Blue sky is one of the most difficult things to match in a color picture.  Most of the time it's just a matter of artistic preference.  Even a digital camera has different renditions of sky, depending on the settings.






Sunstar

November 19, 2014
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/26/16

Chems at t=120 hours, refrigerated most of the time from t=24 hrs onward
102 F, Develop 3.75 minutes, Blix 7.5 or 8 minutes



The last remnants of autumn color... and what I thought to be the last remnants of the Unicolor kit.  Actually, there wasn't really any deterioration.  After 120 hours and 12 rolls of film, it was still working great. 

The colors in these scans are what looked good to me at the moment;  there were no color shifts from the developing, as far as I could see.  For a look at how to process the scanned colors, see Mcap-C41.  I think there might be a very slight increase in grain, but this is still a lot better than much of what I've gotten back from one-hour minilabs.

This sunstar is not very crisp; I'm wondering if the cheap lens filter had something to do with it. Also, I metered here so the leaves would be bright in the picture. That was probably a factor.





Camera Maintenance

February 29, 2016
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 3/22/16

Chems at t=24 hours, no refrigeration
102 F, Develop 3.5 minutes, Blix 6.5 minutes



The Unicolor blix solution lasts much longer than I expected.  Refrigeration helps when you're not actually using the solution;  use a separate refrigerator for film chems only.  More about color developing.  (If you're just starting out, see also black and white developing).

This image has the contrast turned up a bit much;  usually I don't adjust Brightness-Contrast, because it clips highlights too easily.  Later, maybe I'll post a better version of this one. 




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