Today I felt a bit of a creative spark after seeing some really amazing film images.
I wanted to take a photo on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and try to recreate the cross processed film look similar to what you see from a sprocket rocket camera (where the developed film includes the film sprockets) so I went to the beach after work to get the idea going.
Kodak Gold 400 Stressed Film
Previous to this I took a blank roll of 35mm Kodak Gold 400 Film lying around in the lab and I proceeded to scrunch it up to cause some creases and stress on the film. I then asked Derek my lab manager to do a high res scan of the film (including as much dust as he could).
Derek was all for the idea of trying to recreate a retro look. To this day I don’t think I have met anyone so mad about film than Derek. If you ever get the chance to go to Fremantle Camera House be sure to pick his brains! Also be sure to speak with Duncan Wright who also works at the store…you can check out Duncan’s work on Friends on Film where he is cataloging different film types both 120 and 35mm. Fremantle Camera House is one of those rare places now where you actually still get 35mm and 120 film developed! I’m not too sure if Gerry Gibbs Camera House or Leederville Camera House (Leederville Cameras) do the same service? If anyone knows please message me.
So now that I had an image and a high res scan of a blank film I simply had to work some Photoshop magic to merge the two together:
Scarborough Beach Surfer, Fujifilm X-Pro 1 with Fujinon 35mm
The Final Result
I know that the final result may not be everyone’s cup of tea. For me all I can say is…I will never go back to film. This is the closest I will come.
Experimenting with a film texture was certainly fun and I would highly recommend doing the same!
Let me know what you think of the final image. Do you think I was able to mimic the cross processed look?
Until Next Time – Happy Shooting.