Experimenting with Kodak EKTACHROME E100VS
Picking up from our original Kodak E100VS review, we’re going to talk about how we can experiment with this film and the kinds of results you can expect.
We’ll be talking about pushing, cross processing and then pushing and cross processing this film below, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Her’s what’s covered in this article:
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Pure fun ahead
The amount of fun I’ve had shooting this film borders on the childish. After processing a couple of rolls “the right way”, I decided I should push process and cross process a couple of rolls on my next batch. Many, many seasoned photographers will tell you that you shouldn’t mess with slide film. You’ll be told that it’s not worth the cost, unpredictability, or heartache when all you’ll get is ruined film back from the lab.
Whilst I agree in part, it’s my belief that if you respect slide film and work within its boundaries, it can give back much more that you might expect. That being said, I’m much happier to experiment with Kodak and other-brand slide film than I am with Fuji. Mostly due to Fuji slide film’s almost total unpredictability when cross processing…more on that in another article. (Note: this isn’t hate, as you’ll see in the Fuji Provia 100F film review).
Pushing Kodak E100VS
Let’s take a look at how it pushes to ISO400. I should have pushed a single stop but as Kodak’s own documentation states it can be pushed two stops, I decided to give it a try.
Not bad, eh? I shot in 645 format on a bright day with gorgeous light and the two stop push was well worth it in my opinion. The colors remain vivid, grain remains sharp and clear, and we still retain the wide range exhibited when shot at ISO100. I’d highly recommend you try it for yourself. (With any luck, I’ll be shooting a roll at ISO800 next time and hoping for the best).
Cross processing Kodak E100VS
Cross processing any slide film can be a risky process, especially when the film has aged, or was improperly stored. Most cross processed slide films will exhibit predictable color shifts when fresh. For example, Kodak films tend to shift towards yellows, golds and oranges, Some Fuji films go towards the blue/red and Agfa films lean on green and blue.
Anyway, we’re here to talk about Kodak, so let’s look at the results when the film is shot at ISO100 and then cross processed in C41 chemicals. Take a look below.
It’s plain to see where this film is leaning to – reds, yellows and golds. In fact, white and light Gray elements have a pinkish hue to them. Not altogether unpleasant to my eye.
Details are generally retained and the images get an attractive “shine” to them. Reds and pinks tend to bleed through, giving those elements a “halo” effect.
Personally, I really like the results. The shift isn’t always huge and the first image in particular has a really interesting mix of high contrast color, as well as blocked out shadows.
Pushing and cross processing Kodak E100VS
So, let’s say that a simple cross process isn’t experimental enough. What if you decide to push the film to ISO200 and then cross process it? Let’s look at the results below:
Seeing the saturated colors, “halo” effects and huge color shifts for the first time had me smiling like a mad man. What I wasn’t prepared for was the retention of detail and grain structure.
The second image of the dog really blew me away, whilst the third made me feel rather uncomfortable. Regardless to say that I’m incredibly, pleasantly surprised and plan on repeating this experiment again very soon.
That’s it from me for now. I’m sure there’ll be more to come soon. As the last word from me, I’d like to invite you to view the images featured in this experimentation review, as well as Kodak’s E100VS technical datasheet below.
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