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5 Frames of Agfa CT Precisa in low light in an OM10 and Cross Processed – By Robert

September 17, 2020

I hadn’t ever shot slide film until I bought a few fresh rolls of Agfa CT Precisa 100 in January this year. A mate with much more experience than myself told me he wanted to shoot slide film at the London Lumiere Festival and that sounded like it could be fun.

Online advice is that shooting slide film at night is really tricky because it has zero latitude, don’t over expose it but don’t under expose it, what light meter are you using? Blah, blah.

I didn’t use a handheld light meter I just bunged it in my OM10, selected 100 ISO and hoped for the best. This was partly because that’s how I roll, but mainly because I’m a tight arse and I’m really impatient. I packed my tripod and went for a bit of a mooch around the South Bank.

Unfocussed but the colours in this shot were so sweet I got a toothache

Even indoors the CT was perfectly well behaved. A touch under exposed but I really love the contrast.

A few days after my evening stroll I took the OM10 to a woodland while the sun was very low. It was just entering the morning golden hour. Again, when cross processed the CT Precisa takes the orange and reds and just goes nuts.

Bonkers tones but really crisp details.

So I finished the roll and took it to a lab to be developed. I handed the slide film canister over the counter to Bob like I’ve been doing with my other rolls for years but this time he asked me to pay a lot more than usual. “How much?” I asked, trying to disguise the shock in my voice and silently vowing to never to shoot slide film again. I really had no idea it would cost nearly a score just to dev and scan one roll. “There is another option.” said Bob with a smile. I’d never tried cross processing before but Bob said it was cheaper than E6 processing and that pretty much swung it for me.

I’m really happy with the way the colours came out. The sharp citrusy yellows and vivid blues are way better than I expected. Since I shot this roll of fresh CT Precisa I’ve gone through about 15 rolls of slide film most of which was over ten years expired and cross processed. I have had some Velvia, Provia, Lomo 100 and fresh CT Precisa E6 processed though and loved the results and I must say I love shooting slide film. It doesn’t have to be expensive, there are many rolls of expired slide film available online of varying age. The results can be very unpredictable but that’s the beauty of film.

You can find a curated collection of thought provoking analogue art and info about a range of workshops and photo walks and a few of my own bits on my Instagram – LondonCameraProject

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  • Reply
    Ben Garcia
    September 18, 2020 at 12:07 am

    That color is amazing! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply
      October 6, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Ben. Your landscapes are wonderful. You live in a beautiful part of the world!

  • Reply
    Tobias Mann
    September 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve never tried cross processing before, but then again I don’t shoot a lot of slide film. Kodak’s Ektachrome 100 that I reviewed a few months ago was the first and so far the only slide stock I’ve shot to date. I wonder what it’d look like cross processed. Thanks for sharing your experience with Agfa CT Precisa, the results took me a little off guard at first until I caught on to the cross processing. The cost of slide film and the additional cost of processing are my primary deterrent these days.

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