THIS IS NOT WHAT I ORDERED

When I ordered my LC-A, I also bought several rolls of film, including inexpensive Kodak 200, Lomography 400, and one roll of Ilford. I also purchased one roll of Kodak Elite Chrome. I had fallen in love with the vivid blues of the film after first seeing it on Rhianne's blog and desperately wanted to try it myself. In the end, however, the lab cross-processed the film ... and what I received were not cerulean images. Rather, the white is blinding, the black is darker than midnight, and each one of the photos has a very stark contrast. They are very surreal looking, and are intriguing ... but they are not for what I was hoping. I'm also disappointed in the quality of the scanned images. The prints themselves are much sharper; the ones scanned onto the CD are blurrier and duller in color. I'm almost embarrassed to show them here, honestly. (And, as I personally don't have a scanner, these are what I have to share, unfortunately.)

The lab later told me that the machine they use for films like Elite Chrome was permanently shut down just three weeks before I dropped off my film. Next time I visit them, I plan to ask if there is another place in the city where I can develop it, or if I will have to send it elsewhere.

The photos are from a walk I took during my lunch break. Now that it is warmer, I like to go out and patrol the canal. Or downtown. Or the mall. Something. Anywhere but the office. These particular photos are from around the Statehouse and the Kurt Vonnegut Library (they are just two blocks from each other).






Camera: Refurbished LC-A
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 100

6 comments:

  1. Yeah, I see what you mean about there being way too much contrast. It gives the photos an almost eerie appearance. I do like the one of the Kurt Vonnegut library though, the tones are less harsh in that one and it almost looks deliberate rather than a lab error. Also, in general I like old storefronts, reflections, etc. Btw, I'm reading Vonnegut right now.

    Perhaps there are other photo bloggers who can recommend a lab to send film off to?

    Also, did you get your birdie brooch yet?? :)

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  2. I think the photos are still lovely (despite the stark contrast), but I understand your disappointment. It's really unfortunate that the machine is gone, in my area, it is almost impossible to get a roll of film developed at a decent price.

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  3. They're an interesting look, but I do understand that it's disappointing when you don't get what you hope for.

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  4. Usually, on this side of the pond, it's the other way around and I have to ask to have a slide film cross-processed.

    Anyway, I do think you can ask to have them re-scanned because I have a film scanner and the quality is quite good for both slide and print films. It doesn't matter if your roll has been processed or cross-processed, the scanner doesn't change. The only thing I have to take care of are scanner settings, of course. Same thing is true for the lab!

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  5. I always get mine cross processed, so you did the right thing, I wonder why the contrast is so high though... there are a few options I can think of.

    1. The photos are slightly over exposed.
    2. The scanner autobalanced the images
    3. The film was expired? (Elitechrome isn't being made any more, so this is a guess, but I can't imagine that it is old enough to distort as much as these have. still you never know)

    I totally understand your disappointment, but try not to be so hard on your images, you won't ever get the same results as someone else does, even with the same film and camera as too many other variants are different.

    However, I actually really like the contrast in these, I never get that with my films usually, so its great to see and I love the last photo. I think for a learning curve you have nothing to be embarrassed about, film is a tough one, its taken me 4 years to get to where I am and I still make as many mistakes as I did when I started...

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  6. Although I rather like the results you show above, I really can understand your disappointment. I had the same problem with a Rollei Redbird last week. As Rhianne said: ...film is a tough one...

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