I haven’t shown a lot of it on this blog of recent. I do prefer b/w photography, but at the same time, I am the tight fisted photographer, and I still have plenty of Poundland film (AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200) in my freezer. I tried C41 home processing, I did have some success, but I didn’t really enjoy it, not enough to learn how to keep C41 chemistry well. The nearest photolab is not only incredibly expensive, but on my last film, totally botched up the colour. I’ve even resorted to cross processing C41 film in b/w process and chemistry a few times.
Still, I recently thought I’d try again. My faithful Olympus XA2 from the 50p Camera Project kept looking at me from the camera shelf. So in went a cassette of Poundland film – that Ilford can be so expensive. It was in there a few weeks or so, I didn’t use it to take any particularly good photos, just snapshots here and there. I like the above result – it fitted my mood post general election about the future of minimal government – our parish council certainly provides it. I have a very dystopian view of the future, perhaps I’m getting old.
Anyway, after I used up the 35mm film, I took it to a photolab in Kings Lynn, that I hadn’t used before. Not a chain, but an independent. They charged £2.50 for film process only, but had my film dried, cut into strips, and properly packaged in less than a hour! Colours look good (of course, my scanner will have an effect), and they are clean. Really pleased. They did point out that the quick process was a result of their minilab being hot when i walked in, and I got lucky – but it looks like I’ve got a new photolab resource.
Now, that works out at a cost of £3.50 of film / development for 36 exposures. I don’t think that at the moment, I could get b/w that cheap. Other than cross processing. Better get some of that Poundland film out of the freezer.