I got that impression from the entire process. When I first processed them, they looked a little dark in comparison to other negatives I've seen in the past. They were also hard to scan—harder than it was to scan negs processed at a lab. The image was desaturated, the grain was worse than I expected, the colors had a 70's kick to them. It didn't look like a color shift, just like a general haze—not a bad effect, but I know this film has a different look to it by default. Here's an example:
Originally Posted by BMbikerider
I took a roll of film from the same batch to the local photo lab, and their processing left the film base way lighter, and I can see more under a loupe than I can in the ones I processed myself.
I did a some research and I found this, which describes the problems I have to the letter:
"Insufficient bleaching of a C41 negative, e.g. due to exhausted or improperly oxygenated bleach, will cause the film base to be unusually dark. There will also be residual silver left in the film, which forms a monochrome image overlaying the colour image, which reduces saturation and increases contrast.
What you have is an accidental partial bleach bypass.
To cure the problem, redo the process starting from the bleach step using fresh bleach and fixer. Don't forget the stabiliser. The negatives should come back to normal after re-bleaching and fixing; if not then there are other problems."
…and that's why I think it was improper bleaching: I'm a nerd and I look stuff up incessantly.
I use Flexicolor SM chemicals in a steel hand tank and a waterbath at 100°f. I follow Kodak's small tank instructions—all the times I used are there.
Originally Posted by pentaxuser