…I don’t like developing color film!
Some time ago I bought a C41 development kit and a handful of cheap color film (Fuji Superia 200) and those last weeks / months, I have shot all but one of them. I used my Olympus Trip 35, the XA2 and even the now gone Canon A-1 with those films.
And I have developed them! These are the results fresh out of the Olympus Trip 35:
And I found that developing color film is really not as much fun as developing black and white. For one thing there’s the hassle with keeping the temperature of all the liquids at a scalding 38°C instead of the cool and easy 20°C for b&w…
Takes quite some time to fill a basin with water that warm and then to bring up your chemicals to exactly the right temperature. And as soon as they reach it… they begin to cool.
Then again, the products, unlike my trusty Rodinal which keeps for years, are only good for about two months. And for about a dozen rolls of of film. So that takes the fun out of the whole process, for me.
I don’t want to say that the results are too bad, at least to my sorry eyes. I even like a lot of the photos of this last roll quite a lot. But honestly, it’s hard to get the colours right, even with the very good film profiles of Silverfast (a software I have a passionate love/hate relation with).
Is it my developing, the ageing chemicals, the film profiles…. the colours simply seem off sometimes. And I’m not one to fiddle for hours with some levers in Lightroom to get them right. I really don’t blame the film. It’s certainly not Ektar or Portra, but it’s not really bad.
It’s just that black and white is easier… there’s just the two of them colors!
Anyways, I think I’ll keep my fingers off color film from now on. If I want color, and here I’ll shock you 😉 …..I’ll use my iPhone!
What’s your take on color film? I’d be happy to have your ideas and experiences!
And as always, thanks for reading!