This was my Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day outing, and I decided to cross-process with my first batch of E-6 chems. Other than having more items to mix than C-41, I didn’t find it anymore difficult. Just get the chems and distilled water up to temp in a hot water bath (my sink, hot tap water and some additional boiling water), then shake-n-bake for the required time. E-6 does seem to take longer (6.5, 4.5 and 10 w/ 5 min wash) vs C-41 (3.5, 6, 3 min wash, 30 secs), but man pulling these out of the tank I knew I either did it right or screwed up. With C-41, despite having home developed at least 40 or 50 rolls, I still can’t read them very well.
One other thing that surprised me was that the color negative actually came out a positive with the E-6 chems. Not sure what I was expected, I guess just a color-shifted negative.
It seems I probably underexposed a few shots, which seems to have shifted to kind of cool, purple color through the shadow areas. I also had very different perspectives on a couple shots, using the full height of my trip, plus the center post raised to full height. I could just reach the shutter slide, so it must have been at about 7.5 ft (~2.3m). I didn’t quite get the camera level on one shot and it is a little to the right and pointed down some.
Shot the Vermeer Panoramic Pinhole 6×17 loaded up with Kodak Portra 160, fitted with a 0.9 neutral density filter (3 stop).
Location: Gillette’s Castle State Park, East Haddam CT.
Most exposures (at EI 100) were about 1:30.
Oh I should point out the CT River ferry you can kind of see in the 3rd image. It moves slow enough to sort of show up.