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photoshoot for Arabesque cover

A while back I was asked to do the covers for Arabesque issue 2# and here are the results:

final draft cover for issue 2#:

Model: Jiaying
Camera: Nikon FM2 + AF Nikkor 52 prime lens
Film: Fujifilm Sensia Professional 100iso

Outfit 1#:
Top, tights: offbrand
skirt: Angelic Pretty
Hair tie: Forever 21
toe shoes: photographer's own

Outfit 2#:
JSK: metamorphose
hair: forever 21
toe shoes: photographer's own

To create a purple cast:

1. heat the film to 80 degrees celsius CONSTANT temperature for at least 30mins. Do not expose it directly to water; I suggest putting it in a film canister (plastic types will do) and putting it in a ricecooker during the last part of cooking rice. Direct heating will cause the negative layers to melt into each other, and large changes in temperature will cause the film to crack. Another method is to put the plastic container in a cup of hot water.

2. Load your film as per normal, but shoot it with an underexposure of -2. The easiest way is to set the iso higher than it is. So if you have a 100iso film, you should be shooting at 400iso (exactly 2 stops)

3. During processing push the film by 2 stops to compensate for the underexposure. Push your film during the 7th step of E6 standard processing, read the chemical instructions to see how long you need to leave it in the developer for. In my case I leave it in the developer for an additional 15mins per stop. As usual remember to do it in complete darkness (no red light). If you are not processing the film yourself, ask the lab to do the push process for you.

4. Note: different types of film will have different colour tone casts. The rough guide is: Fujifilm will either produce a magenta or green cast, Kodak will produce a yellow or red cast and the strength of the cast is determined by the heat exposure + pushing. Pushing the film allows the cast to develop fully as opposed to a tinted effect. So far I only know this technique works for E6 and not C41, as C41 has a larger tolerance range. I think for C41, you could probably end up with a vingette tinting but not a real colour cast because cos of the tolerance range + chemical property + film type.

I hope this is useful for someone experimenting with film, please have fun and take care! :D

Issue 2 will be released in January 2011! Please keep an eye out on the Arabesque Zine blog: we hope you will continue to support us :D
Tags: media: photoshoots, tutorial: misc
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