A lot of this is over my head but the image colors render a very unique look that I like a lot so I wanted to read further in.
The only thing I can comment on is your mention of skipping the bleach step which I wanted to confirm is correct that some movies are made that way it is commonly called "bleach bypass" and gives a very high contrast image that some "gritty" movies like but it's also hard to get away with because the studios don't want to take the financial risk. If the movie looks bad with the bleach bypass'd film, they can't fix it in post or edit it out, it's the final film so it not often done.
Anyway congrats this is nice. You're in NY? The places in the images remind me of places I walk a lot when I'm in Manhattan.
Thanks and good luck and keep on learning and experimenting this is all very interesting.
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