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Done for an editorial essay regarding gun rights, gun control, and the resulting clash between the two. This isn't - by the way - mean to be supportive - one way or the other. I'd rather talk about the process used to shoot these photos. :D 35mm reversal stock is also commonly referred to as "Slide Film". This film is not shot as a "negative" but instead is color positive on a transparent media - used to make transparencies instead of prints (as you would with a negative). The process of developing this film is very different than the process of developing a negative into a print. The negative/print process(es) - there are two not including Kodachrome which is actually a reversal stock - are known as C-41 and RA-4. With the C-41 process being the most common. The process for developing reversal stock is known as E-6. I won't get too technical. But basically the film cellulose base that all film stocks use is hardy enough to undergo any of the three processes. This means you can take E-6 process reversal stock and use the C-41 process to develop it. If you take an E-6 film and process it in the C-41 process - what you get as a result is akin to playing with the color wheel - except think of it as the spinning wheel of the Roulette table... you can't really predict what will happen until the film is completely developed. What you can be assured of is that the image will have unreal - vibrant - strange colors - and it will be extremely high-contrast. ------------------------------------- I wanted these images to have a dream-like feel. I was shooting photos of a Beretta Model 96 - .40S&W - in my studio. The .40 caliber is a thick, squat - heavy round. And the Beretta is an instantly recognizable shape... having become a ubiquitous movie and TV gun in the past 20 years. I used a Nikon F5 - an because I don't mind arguing the merits of camera equipment - but try to stay out of heated political debates - I'll go on record saying that the F5 is in my opinion the best 35mm camera body ever made. The F6 may actually be better. But I've never seen one in real life much less shot photos with one. So I can't say for sure. I love the F5. It's a work-horse and it's such a pleasure to shoot with. I used a 50mm f1.2 lens with a Panagor optical macro adapter - I hand - held the camera for the shots. Having gotten on my knees in front of the gun, clip and bullets as they sat on my desk. I used 100% natural light and I over-exposed by 1-2/3 stops... knowing that I was going to be cross processing and compensating for the full stop I lost with the addition of a #85 filter. The stock was Ektachrome T-320. Tungsten Stock. Meant for shooting with tungsten light sources. When you shoot tungsten film in daylight the resulting image is shifted severely blue. You use an #85 filter - which looks orange (because it filters blue light out) to compensate and correct the color back to normal - where the key (main) light source is the sun and your stock is tungsten. _____________________ The end result worked out very well. With cross processing the colors can go any number of directions... I've had film come out shifted to green - to yellow - to red - to purple. I was hoping the colors would come out cool - because "cold steel" is often associated with guns. I also wanted the images to be more dreamy and surreal. Not really technical or defined - because like so many other topics where there are such strong polarity in views, you find that the subject is really far more difficult to define clearly than either side is willing to admit.
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I think you accomplished the "dreamy" side of this, and I like that. It actually took me a minute to figure out wht this print was of, and I really liked that, because once it become "clear" to me, it also wasn't clear at all because I wasn't sure which side the image was on (which is silly, an image can't be on a side). But I think you get what I mean XD Very cool process; I love hearing how the images come to their final look!