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Redscale

Quite a while ago I discovered some cool photos shot in “redscale.” This is a technique where one shoots through the base of the film or the wrong side of the film. You can buy redscale film such as this roll of Rollei Redbird film available at Freestyle Photographic Supplies.

Redscale shot of a local seminary shot with Kodak GC-400, expired and overexposed by at least one stop.

However, it is also not neccessary to buy the film premade, especially if you have a changing bag. There are tutorials out there on how to respool a roll of 35mm film so that you shoot through the base layer. In this linked tutorial, you have to waste a roll of 35mm film. In my case, I’m lucky to have reloadable film cassettes laying around, so I just used one of those. I did however save the donor 35mm film cassette so that I can use it for the next roll of redscale film as it has the bit of film left hanging out as shown in the tutorial.

For this shot, I had a Nikon FG-20 with a Nikon 28mm 2.8 E series lens. I metered off the grass, then set that exposure manually. I prefocused,then ran at the geese. As they flew up I fired off 3 or 4 shots as fast as I could since I also had to wind the film every shot.

 

Redscale film should be overexposed by 1-2 stops, so I set the ISO on the camera to 200 when using 400 speed film to try to compensate a bit. Additionally, my film (Kodak GC-400) was expired and poorly stored for years before I received it when buying a camera on ebay. Its fine for redscale. I used my Nikon FG-20 for this roll. Some shots had better exposure than others.

It is definately something I’ll try again.

This shot was underexposed a bit. The first scan was terrible so I rescanned it a couple of more times trying different settings until this came about. Underexposing gives a deeper red and perhaps by using flash to light a subject while underexpsoing the background might give a nice effect. Its definately something I'll try.

A shot of a local rugby field.

 

 

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