Rad Redscales: How to Enjoy the Full Redscale Spectrum from your Film

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There is only one way to know how your roll of redscale film will behave in different conditions and camera settings. You have to experiment. Here's what I did and found out.

Redcale films are unpredictable. But if you want the confidence of knowing the probability of a certain color result from your photos then you must shoot a test roll.

Every camera will produce a different redscale result. With SLRs to Rangefinders to the cult classic Vivitar UWS, not to mention the LC-W in my camera library, I decided to experiment with my Yashica GSN as one possible camera dedicated for shooting redscale. This was also due to being influenced/encouraged by plasticpopsicle ’s use of her Yashica Electro for redscales.

As such, for the purpose of my experiment I used a roll of Kodak Colorplus 200 film which I redscaled myself. I deliberately selected ISO 50 as my film speed setting because I felt that it would the lowest handheld speed that I can manage with this camera. As this was an aperture priority camera I selected f1.7, f4 and f8 to experiment with.

Here are the results when used in a bright but fairly covered open space around noon.

As you would expect, you will get orangy hues when used in a well shaded place.

Based on my experiment and experience with Kodak films, I think I will stick to the f1.7 setting when i want vintage/washed out colors. For deeper orange/reds, f8 and above works for me.

written by uncle_jay on 2012-09-27 in #gear #tipster #film #tipster

4 Comments

  1. jaszee
    jaszee ·

    I love redscales as different setting brings out diff hues & tones....
    personally i play around the settings on the iso. but i love sticking it to 25-50 range...
    and higher makes my pictures blood red... :D

  2. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @jaszee: I like the ISO 25-50 range too, especially when shooting an ISO 200 or 400 rated film.

  3. nuo2x2
    nuo2x2 ·

    interesting comparison!
    maybe you could give short descriptions regarding the camera that yo are using bellow each photos set :)

  4. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @nuo2x2: Thanks! And thanks for the reminder to write a paragraph that introduces the photos instead of putting descriptions under the photos (which may not work all the time).

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