Is Cross Processing or XPRO Dead?

I’ve just started a film test in preparation for my trip to Italy next month– the two films in consideration are Kodak Ektar 100 and Agfa Precia CT cross processed. Thus far, most of the artworks from my current series A New Eden are either XPRO (cross processed- E6 film in C41 chem) or expired film. However- after much testing here on FR I have recently  fallen in love with the new Kodak Ektar  …SO I decided to do a quick comparison test and find out: does the XPRO effect really have to be actual cross-processed film?

So what do YOU think? Look at the snapshots below and see if you can pick out the one that is the Agfa Precia CT XPRO…only one is true XPRO…the others are all Kodak Ektar  in Photoshop using Alien Skin Exposure 2! 

Think you have the right answer? Then give a listen to the Audio portion of this post for additional thoughts on cross processing / Xpro… as well as the answer!

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When you finish with part one, click here to listen to part 2!

6 Responses

  1. The reason we do XPRO is not solely the final effect. We do it for the unpredictability and fun of trying out different films and exposure techniques to get the most interesting pictures.

    Trust me, you’re not the first person to figure out you can photoshop something to look like XPRO. By no means is it dead due to your latest awesome discovery. If we just photoshop all our pictures, where is the fun and the unpredictability? Surely photoshop is great for the few pictures we’d like to have a bit more of a punch, but do you really think a medium will die? We love XPRO because it’s fun and interesting, not because we want people to look at our picture and go “Hey, is that Agfa Precisa CT? This guy is AWESOME!”

  2. I wouldn’t bother cross processing if I could control the result in PS, I tried it once it bored me, the whole process felt unrewarding and pointless, anyway cross processing isn’t that hard an effect to get in PS if software was going to kill it off it probably would have about 10 years ago!

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