All Heads Were Bowed

Shortly after some guy listed a hundred or so boxes of this low ISO Vericolor film on Ebay, lots of folks were trying to figure out how to shoot it – myself very much included. I got five boxes for a song, and after a poor outing where I could only get it to work as b&w, I decided to really test it out.

It didn’t take too long to realize that I needed an 85C filter and to shoot it at 6iso. People were also trying to figure out if it was C-41 or E-6, but it seems like C-41 to me. However, I’d be okay with testing a sheet or two in E-6 – never know, right?

Indoors it was okay, but outdoors it’s really random. I still don’t get it and never have any idea what to expect from it, but I think I’m okay with that. A good rule is to make sure there are yellows and reds in the shot – otherwise, it’ll turn hard toward blue.


‘All Heads Were Bowed’

Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962)
Lens: 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex
Film: Kodak Vericolor 4111 (x-06/2004); 6ISO
Process: C-41

Seattle, Washington


4 thoughts on “All Heads Were Bowed

  1. Somewhere in among my addled brain cells I seem to remember Vericolor 4111 was a film used for making negatives from slides. Probably explains the weird results as it would be used in controlled lighting conditions. “Somewhere” I have an old Kodak professional film guide there may be some tech details about it. Like the stereo receiver.

  2. The guide says it’s a colour duplicating film with a retouching surface on both sides. It’s balanced for tungsten illumination @ 3200K, I guess that’s why the orange filter works with it. Seems like a really interesting and rare film stock.

    1. Thanks so much for this! I just developed another shot and the neg looks VERY red, so it’ll scan in very blue (it’ll end up looking like a cyanotype, I bet. It was shot with an 85C filter. I should probably use B. I’ll scan it in and see how it looks for sure, but this film is super moody. It was an outside shot (which I’ve not had great luck with) and sunny with a few clouds. A fairly typical “sunny 16” day, really. Nothing tricky about it.

      1. This is it. VERY overexposed, which is weird since I’m usually worried about underexposure. I used an 85C filter, so if anything, it should be a bit under.

        It’s very possible that I mixed up my math or that maybe something else went wrong somewhere. Looking back through the few outdoors shots I made with 4111 film, I think I’ll stick with 6iso, but I’ll switch back to the 85B which will correct for the tungsten temp.

        I’m about to leave on a 3 week trip and plan on shooting a LOT. I’m taking this film as well, so I’ll hopefully get some nice results. I like a challenge, but I also like a bit of predictability. Oh well!

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