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#1 kalkarman

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 09:37 AM

Howdy,

Other than pushing, pulling, cross processing and bleach bypass... can anyone tell me some other
lab requests one could make? and what look it would achieve?

Cheers,

Kal
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#2 Joseph White

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 11:42 AM

there are several variations on the bleach retention variety of processing, different labs have their own proprietary ways of going with this look so i guess you could say these are alternate ones. if you have something in mind, i'd just call the labs around where you are and speak with them - the processes you've described are definitely the most common, but some labs offer special services that are unique to their orginazation.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 11:58 AM

Considering the large volume of film run through a lab daily, you're lucky that they even offer those variations! Lab work is mainly about standardization & volume when it comes to processing.

Technicolor and Deluxe offer a variable version of skip bleach called ENR or ACE for print stock only, since it involves adding extra b&w development tanks to the FCP processing line.

Edited by David Mullen, 21 December 2005 - 11:59 AM.

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#4 John Pytlak RIP

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 12:14 AM

As David says, labs can offer only a limited number of process variations, usually involving a relatively simple change to the process (time, skip bleach, etc.). But full service labs can offer a variety of printer manipulations, such as selective flashing, use of bi-pack masks, contrast and color manipulation via separations, etc. Of course today, many of these techniques have moved to the "digital intermediate" arena, because it lends itself t WYSIWYG, rather than trial-ane-error photographic manipulation.
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