Re: FRAMEWORKS Digest - 18 Feb 2007 - Special issue (#2007-114)

From: Ken Paul Rosenthal (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Feb 18 2007 - 17:40:55 PST

7218 in E-6

Neither chemistry nor camerastock (neg/rev) determines whether a processed
image ends up positive or negative. Rather it's the processing steps that
are used. One may make a negative from reversal filmstock or make a positive
image from negative stock. For example, if one is processing E6 reversal
stock, one can skip from the first developer to the fix, and get a negative.

That said, all 1-liter COLOR E6 home processing kits combine the bleach and
fix into one step, thereby preventing one from making a neg, or skipping
bleach. The TMAX b/w 1-liter b/w kit does not combine these steps,
permitting you to make a negative or skip bleach. But I recently tried to
skip bleach with that kit and it came out black, presumably because too much
silver was left unremoved. If you obtain a 5-liter Fuji Hunt or Kodak E6
color kit, none of the chemistry steps are combined, thereby permitting one
to make: a color reversal OR a (greenish) color neg OR a (sepia-ish) black
and white neg (by skipping the color step) OR skipping bleach with all of
these aformentioned possibilities.

Processing Vision negative stocks in E6 chemistry will yield you a
psychedelic mess of gleefully tortured pastels, but will exhaust the
chemistry very quickly. 300 feet or so is all you'll manage. Of course
'exhaust' is relative. I find the older the chemistry, the more magical the
mix. Also note that processing Vision stocks in chemistry for which it was
not intended will render those solutions 'unusable' with the stocks for
which it was formulated.

More details can be found in my article, 'Antidote for a Virtual World;
Hand-processing Reversal Motion Picture Film', recently updated/amended for
the imminent reprint of Helen Hills 'zine. In the meantime, I'd be happy to
forward it to anyone that is interested.


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