Oxford: Film test with Ariel

Written by Nasir Hamid on August 4th, 2014

Here are my first results from push processing Fuji slide duplicating film. This film is designed to make duplicate copies of slide film when projected in an enlarger with a tungsten light source. It’s not designed for regular photography in daylight but it seems to work very nicely. Not only did I use this film in conditions it wasn’t designed for I also (deliberately) cross-processed the film in the wrong chemicals. Film is amazing stuff and part of the fun is experimenting.

[Tech info:] Graflex Speed Graphic 5×4, Aero Ektar, Fuji CDU II slide duplicating film, rated at ISO 25 and pushed 1 stop in processing using Tetanol C41 chemistry.


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Gerard says:

    I really like the second photo. There’s a sense of wistfulness combined with serenity in it.

    Furthermore, it’s so rare to see large format colour portraiture these days. It really renders subjects in a unique way. Ariel and your other subjects are hopefully appreciative of your craft!

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Thanks very much, Gerard. I really like to use large format when the time allows, especially with old cameras and lenses. I find the more modern lenses can be too sharp and contrasty for portraits but with old uncoated lenses there is a beautiful softness about them that is very flattering for faces.

  2. Jos says:

    Wonderful results. Film is truly amazing stuff. The nice pastel green backgrounds and bokeh of the first photo are great.

  3. carmine says:


    Great results!!!

    I found somme 135mm and I would like to check it!!

    May be you can share times and températures for the process?

    I will appreciate!!!



    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Hey Carmine,

      I used the standard temperature for C41 which is 38C and the standard dev time for pushing 1 stop which is 3min 45secs in the first developer.

  4. carmine says:

    OK, great, thanks!

  5. Stephan says:

    great results Nasir! is this a corrected scan or a scanned print? How do you reckon this will c-print?


    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Hey Stephan,

      This is a corrected scan. If this was c-printed from the neg I don’t think there would be many problems. The neg looks nice. It’s possible there might be a slight cross curve but it’s impossible for me to say just by looking at the neg.

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