Film Developed With Unicolor C-41 Kit


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Developing C-41 yourself is actually not that difficult.  The Unicolor kit combines the bleach and fix into one step for convenience;  this decreases the service life of the chems, but I'm finding they still last quite a while. 

Even after a couple of weeks, the developer was still producing good negatives.  With scans you can correct for color-casts, but the negatives looked about right.  They didn't look any more orange or yellow-orange than they should have.





Wheelbarrow

April 2, 2016
Fujifilm Superia 400


Unicolor C-41 Kit
Developed 4/2/16
Chems at t=288 hours, refrigerated most of the time when not in use.
102 F, Develop 5 minutes, Blix 8 minutes



It was on this roll that I really started to increase the develop time to make up for depletion.  This would be the 14th roll of film, including one roll of 120.  Some people don't extend the dev time, but I would think after about a dozen rolls you'd start to get underdevelopment. There'd probably be extra grain in the shadows, especially blue color (i.e., yellow dye).





Negatives Drying

April 2, 2016
Fujifilm Superia 400

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 4/2/16

Chems at t=288 hours, refrigerated most of the time when not in use.
102 F, Develop 5 minutes, Blix 8 minutes



Scanning negs without a flatbed and Vuescan provides good sharpness, but the color conversion has to be done manually.  There are no automatic color profiles, but you'll find operations that are common to most of the scans.  As always, you can adjust the colors to your liking at any time.





An Ultronic Panoramic Autumn

October 5, 2015
Ultronic Panoramic camera (28mm, f/11, ~ 1/100 sec.)
Kodak Ektachrome E200 (xpro)

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed April 21, 2016

Chems at t=720 hours (1 month), refrigerated when not in use
102 F, Develop 5 minutes 50 seconds, Blix 10 minutes


Cross-processed E200 is very aqua-cyan heavy, so don't expect normal-looking photos here.  Some of the ones off this roll were almost monochrome aqua, even with extensive color correction.  Considering the film was very expired, the dev solutions were a month old, and this was the 16th roll of film developed in them, it was surprising that an xpro roll would even give pictures this good. 

I don't know for sure, but I think cross-processed slide film is going to be even less fault-tolerant than regular C-41 stock. 






Frontier

October 23, 2015
Ultronic Panoramic camera (28mm, f/11, ~ 1/100 sec.)
Kodak Ektachrome E200 (xpro)

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed April 21, 2016

Chems at t=720 hours (1 month), refrigerated when not in use.
102 F, Dev time 5 minutes 50 seconds, Blix 10 minutes



A 4x5 view camera or a Canon 6D would give entirely different looks, and each probably a different mood.  Valid, but to borrow an often-repeated phrase:  it depends on what you're trying to do. 

I did actually photograph this approximate scene with a DSLR that day, but the plastic film camera captured what I was looking for.  Yay for $2 cameras.  I want to enlarge this to wall size.  Got it, bucket list crossed off, I can quit photography now.  (Kidding.)  Actually, the answer is more pictures. 






Grinding Wheel

January 2016
Fujifilm Superia 200

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 4/22/16

Chems at t=744 hours, refrigerated when not in use
102 F, Develop 5 minutes 50 seconds, Blix 10 minutes



Here's regular C-41 color film again, after having done a roll of xpro.  At just over one month since mixing, the chems are still working remarkably well.  This is from the seventeenth roll of film to have been developed with this batch. 

Since my scanning methods don't use any kind of auto-correction, I usually know when there's color shifting.  There's not any here, as far as I could see.  The negs are still doing great at n=17 and t=1 month.






Steel, Recycled

January 2016
Fujifilm Superia 200

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 4/22/16

Chems at t=744 hours, refrigerated when not in use
102 F, Develop 5 minutes 50 seconds, Blix 10 minutes



Ultra-contrasty lighting here:  direct afternoon sun.  Even with well-used solutions, this one still looks right to me.

This photo was for a planned metalworking article.  When it's 8 degrees Fahrenheit, what else would you want to do but go outside and arc weld?  Either that, or take photos.  Better yet, how about both?








East Hartford, Conn.


Fujifilm Superia 200

Unicolor C-41 Kit

Developed 4/22/16

Chems at t=744 hours, refrigerated when not in use
102 F, Develop 5 minutes 50 seconds, Blix 10 minutes


I'll have to see if I wrote down the settings anywhere.  This was probably a tripod photo.




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