The Fun new Problem

See those red marks?  (Of course you do–they’re dang hard to miss).

Look closer–

What do they look like?

Like tiny bolts of lightning, actually.

Believe-it-or-not, they are discharges of static electricity on the film.

This is what happens when you shoot high speed films like Cinestill 800 in dry climates like Alberta.  It typically occurs when one winds the film too quickly.  (And, incidentally, part of the reason why most cinema films have Remjet backing on them, as they move at 30-60 fps through the motion picture camera).


4 thoughts on “The Fun new Problem

  1. Karim D. Ghantous says:

    The irony is… well, very thick. 😉 However, some of these frames are absolutely terrific. I had this idea to start up a lab that sells cheap ECN-2 film, with Remjet intact, and that also processes that film. I wonder how much money I need to do this. Probably more than I can raise, I bet.

    Like a lot of people I initially really loved Cinestill. But it’s not worth it. I don’t like the halation which makes film shots look digital at night. Screw that. But, in dry environments you probably do need a Remjet film, and there’s no easy way to develop it at home.

    • mewanchuk says:



      Home developing—possible, if you use an extremely hot Baking Soda wash beforehand. The residual goo gets all over everything, however, and the final negatives need wiping down.

  2. -N- says:

    Couldn’t find any red jags . . . I thought I was looking for chicken pox or measles! Nice series of portraits, Mark – as always!

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Naomi!

      (Zoom in on the fourth photo—right side specifically, near her arm and the pillar behind her. You will see some clear examples there—Once you see them, you will easily find them throughout all the photos).

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