I’d heard of cross processing E6 slide film using c41 chemistry but until last week I’d never tried it. I’d read that the results can be unpredictable and color shifts can be radical. In spite of having some misgivings about wasting a perfectly good roll of Fujichrome Provia 100f I wrote ‘please cross process’ on the bottom of the lab envelope and put it in the drop box. Since it was expired and I’d only paid a couple of dollars for it what was there to lose?
I picked it up a couple of days later and any misgivings evaporated. The colors were nothing short of spectacular. The negatives had a St. Patrick’s Day green tinge but there were images so I went home and scanned them.
I tried scanning with and without color correction on the old Epson 4490 and much preferred them as developed. The guys at the camera store told me that there’s no way to predict what any particular type of E6 is going to look like when cross processed so when going down this road one should be ready to embrace the unpredictable. Camera used was a very much underrated and very capable Pentax PC35AF. This turned out to be a great pairing.