I’ve finished my first roll of Redscale film. Redscale is a special technique of shooting film through the back of the film instead of the front, meaning that you expose the film from the opposite side. This gives the photo a red / yellow color cast. The effect is a bit like shooting through a reddish-orange filter. But unlike a filter, the effect is unpredictable and varies in strength depending light source and the color of the subject.
Since I like to experiment with film I also wanted to try out Redscale film. So I started researching this technique of analog photography. I came across the awesome BelieveInFilm community, and every February they celebrate a month of Redscale film. And 2017 is no exception. One of the nice things is that the community uses the hashtag #BIFscale17, so it’s really easy to see what other people are posting online. The perfect opportunity for me to shoot a roll of Redscale film. To make it a bit easier for myself I didn’t create my own Redscale film, I brought three rolls of pre-rolled 35mm Redscale film from Lomography. This film can be rated from ISO 50 to 200.
I shot one roll of Redscale film, the first 20 photos at ISO 100, the rest at ISO 200. I used my Minolta X-700 with the MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 lens. I’ve developed and scanned this roll myself.
I’m really happy with my first roll of Redscale film. The colors look great, just as I expected. Though next time I will also use ISO 50. From what I’ve seen online the color cast should be less red, and more towards yellow and greenish.
Let me know what you think about my little experiment in the comments below. And let me know if you have a question.