DIY 3D Transparency Paper Photo Art Tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I have to admit when I saw this tutorial I was a little taken aback. In my past, besides selling to a major retailer, I also made my name known in the tiny art world for making life size photographs with layers of transparencies placed on top in a very different way to make them appear 3D. Note: I did not sort them into CMKY exact replicas of each and my art looks nothing like this very cool tutorial. TIP: You can also print out a black and white photo on transparency film (make sure there is lots of contrast) and tape it to a bright (think neon) colored piece of paper.

To fill everyone in: JWD has completed their move to Dartmouth, and can no longer be found in their Halifax location. I’ll be heading down there today while they clean to grab some final shots of the space. So, now you’re looking at history people! These shots no longer exist…makes me very happy to have had the chance to snap them.

So, without further ado….here begins Week 8 of photos from JWD! All shots were taken on March 28, 2012, using my digital cam as well as a few shots from my Brownie, using transparency slide film. They’re funkyy!

The front desk:

How to Cross Process C-41 color films and E-6 transparency films

First off, what is cross processing? Each type of film, whether it be color, black and white, or transparency has it’s own set of chemicals (which we call chemistry) for developing. Cross processing refers to the developing of E-6 transparency film in C-41 chemistry and vice versa.

Cross processing can produce various effects, including crazy colors and lots of saturation. It’s important to note that each brand of film will have it’s own cross processing results; for example cross processing slide film to C-41 does not have universal results. FujiChrome Velvia and Provia will have totally different results even though they are both made by Fuji.

A Guide for Cross Processing:

  • E-6 to C-41: you can either exposure normally, or underexpose by 1 stop and use normal developing times
  • C-41 to E-6: overexpose by 1 to 2 stops and push film (in processing) 1 to 1 ½ stops

These are just recommendations and films vary quite a bit, so it’s a good idea to test out your favorites brands and see what works for you. Here are some examples of photographs I have posted that have been cross processed:

{Image: Rue Prevot, Paris (2006) | Shot With a Nikon FM2 and cross processed Fuji Provia}