Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Reclaimed FP-100C45 negative without correction or manipulation

Shot of Alisha yesterday using the Xenotar 2.8, fluorescent lighting, no manipulation or correction, this Fuji FP-100C45 reclaimed negative scanned in quickly.  The texture is from the new paper towels that did a little selective lifting.

Here is a link to a big file that shows the possibilities, and the limitations of this interesting material.  OK enough of this - please go try it - back to the matters at hand here.  Or, if you want to find out about things you never knew even existed, or at least I didn't, visit Aaron Muderick's blog, which will lead you to jumping spiders, X-RAY vision, Thinking Putty, and why to process E6.


Arpond said...

I've been reading your blog for a few weeks and I'm happy to say that it inspired me to buy some FP-100C and start shooting in an old Polaroid 210 Land Camera. The results are great and I can't wait to start reclaiming the negatives I'm saving.

What cameras are other people using? I am still getting used to the 210, but I'm already wanting to have some more control. The 600 SE looks wonderful, but pricey -- are there any bargains among the other models?

Bob Crowley said...

The folding packfilm cameras are the favorites. Some of them like the manual lensed 180 and 195 are pricey, but "the Reporter" is pretty good. The 250 has a Zeiss viewfinder and can be found for $15 sometimes. I have one, the only caveat being that you have to buy a pretty expensive ($8) battery, but it lasts a long time.

Get a pack film camera that folds up and no worries. The 210 is quite decent and durable.

Glad you are having fun. It really is some kind of magic, even today. People love it when you show them an instant picture. Nothing like it.

Anonymous said...

Bob - before I clicked on this image and honestly, it didn't look like much, then, I zoomed in, and, I have to ask, what is it about this and why is it so engaging? Is it just the film and the fact that we are now used to digital?

You know who - jumped blogs - miss microphones.

Unknown said...

Hi Bob,

Just wondering what software you are using with your Epson. I recently got an Epson V500 and am thinking the software that comes with it might not be the best for scanning these Fuji FP 100c negs. Your image above looks great. Mine are looking yellow and reddish. Any suggestions?

Bob Crowley said...


I use an epson 750. It seems to me that the epson SW and also the included Silverfast AI sw do pretty much the same thing. My native scans are a bit orange so I do correct them at the scan-in. Don't ask how though as I am not very competent - I did find a preset for some Mitsubishi film I never heard of and that is what you are looking at. As a thumbnail it looks a drab but full screen I like the less than extreme saturation. Colors are so bright these days so moderation is sometimes a relief.

Anonymous said...

No makeup I assume?

Bob Crowley said...

No I don't think so.

B. Wright said...

We did a post on our BLOG back in October of '09 on this process with the fp-100c here:

Since then we did another post after mastering the process with much better results:

Our tips:
-Let the print develop double the recommended time before peeling to prevent solarization. Fuji's pack film is self-terminating so you could let it process for hours without any adverse results!
-First remove the black with extra strength bleach and then clean the negative. The excess chemistry actually protects the emulsion a little.
-Cover the emulsion/goop side with masking tape. Don't tape it down to anything!
-Set the negative face down on an old towel when removing the black back. The towel absorbs most of the bleach before it bleeds around to the emulsion side.
-Clean the black off with extra strength bleach, a toothbrush and a paper towel. Have your toothbrush in a cup of water and dip the toothbrush in the bleach, scrub the black, wipe with a paper towel, dip the toothbrush in water then bleach again and repeat until the neg is clear.
-last remove the masking tape and rinse in cool running water. After it's dried everything is ready to scan.

We have tons of examples of these negatives on our BLOG:

We also use a V750 with SilverFast to scan these like Bob.


santiagoenprata said...

Nice work, it enchants, to see as much people using already this process to me shortage in my humble laboratory.