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Light Leaks at Disney

In case you are following my blog and actually reading my drivel – you may be wondering why I am posting a couple of B/W images when I just said that B/W processing takes a couple of days in Hong Kong.

The answer is that these are Ilford XP2 400 images that are processed C41 and not D6.

Not wanting to sound like a school master, but wanting to explain this a little – here are the simple explainations.

Colour Film – that gives you colour reversed negatives is processed using a technique that is called C41.

B/W Film – is processed D6 – hence uses different chemicals and timings for the parts of the process.

Slide Film – is processed E6 and this is again different chemicals.

There are a couple of B/W films made specifically to be processed C41 and these are Ilford XP2 400 and Kodak BW400CN. I don’t find that they are as contrasty as B/W films and only chose to use them for a bit of a change.

As I have said before in this blog – you can also Cross Process Slide film in C41 instead of E6 and this gives you different effects depending on the film type. My article on Crossing films is here (

When we were at Disney on Friday we had brunch at the Disney Hotel, where a few of the characters come around meeting each table – hence Minnie and Mickey being in the photographs. What I don’t fully understand is why some of the images are coming out with serious light leaks – but I guess it must be from me taking the back off the camera to change films and the dark slide not being that dark on the 6×6 back. I’ll know more when the true B/W films come back as I was changing film backs continually at Disney that morning.

For now, here is Mickey and Minnie on Kiev 88 with a very shy Lola.

Posted by simon on September 27, 2010
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  1. 09/27/2010

    The contrast on that second image is stunning! Your Kiev makes me very very jealous.

    I also just replied to your comment on my blog, but didn’t know if you’d look there again. Long story short I’d love to hear about your B&W filter experiments.

    Take it easy


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