Mistakes in developing color negative photo materials

This is a summary (so far!) of my experience and mistakes in developing old color negative films like ORWO NC-19, NC-21, Svema, Kodak 5247, Fuji Eterna 500T, AGFA, etc. I do not have enough experience with C-41 films, so the below problems may have slightly different causes then these here. Most of the negatives below … Read the rest

Films, Uncategorized

Cross-processing in ORWO C-5168

Let’s explore color negative developing kit ORWO C-5168 and how it behaves on a concert with different emulsions, most of them not designed for such a duo.

I was planning for some time to cross process various films in old recipes and the darkroom gods smiled down upon me this January. In my quest for … Read the rest


Fuji Reala 500D

Let’s have a few f/stops around Fuji Reala 500D negative film. 2 years ago I got a well kept roll of it, but never went back to the pictures until recently when I was browsing some memories from 2015.

As obvious, Reala 500D was used as a motion picture film. Slumdog Millionaire, Walk the line, Read the rest


Kodak motion picture film 5247

Now I may be tempted to talk about Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Back to the Future and The Shining. What they don’t have in common is the costumes. What they really have in common is that Harrison Ford took a part in two of these and hadn’t in the other two. All … Read the rest

Films, Uncategorized

Testing Svema DS-5M // Свема ДС-5М

Svema (СВЕточувствительные МАтериалы, or Light-sensitive materials) first saw the light in this world in 1928 and by 1931 was already a company (by the Russian standards). Its portfolio included many types and formats of films, proudly used to keep cameras rolling in productions like the epic War and peace, heart-breaking The Courier or Queen Read the rest