5 images… Working with a C-41 film during my frugal film project (Konica VX 400 and a Canon AE-1 program)

It goes without saying that this past year has been difficult in more ways than one thanks to the pandemic and the restrictions associated with it. Nonetheless, it has also been a year of innovation and discovery – at least for me.

I signed up this year for the Frugal Film Project (FFP), the purpose of which, as I understand it, is to encourage people to shoot a roll of film per month with a camera that costs the user 50 $ or less. I love film photography and thought it would be a good way to hone my photography skills in a more direct way, so I signed up.

The camera I chose for this project (Canon AE-1 program). long gone. I use it with an A2 retractor and an FD 35-70mm lens. It works wonderfully well and brings back fond memories of when I was in the high school photography club.

For the first six months of the year I decided to work with inexpensive color film and found six rolls of Konica VX 400 online. And to share footage every month, I decided it would be faster and more efficient to process the film myself. However, I have never dealt with a C-41 film before because it is not a film that I usually work with.

My main films are ILFORD for black and white and Fujichrome Provia 100F for color. As I am already processing my own E6 film (slide), I found out that C-41 was a similar process. Now that we are at the start of the year, I have some experience dealing with C-41 color printing films and it is quite easy.

After processing multiple rolls it became clear to me that this emulsion must be somewhat outdated and possibly poorly stored, but with a few photo software I was able to submit usable digital files. This is a selection of images taken during the first five months of this year – one for each month so far. Another month of color then it’s back to black & white.

The kit I use for the C41 treatment is made by CineStill and the FFP can be found on their own Facebook page.

Thank you for your time.

~ Bob

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