After taking my baby steps into the wonderful world of Lomography, it was only a matter of time that I begin trying out not only the cameras in the catalogue but also photography techniques and other tips and hacks that fellow lomographers here in the community have generously shared with everyone.
Leading the list, of course, is the DIY redscale film that, as I’ve come to discover, is a favorite of many. I have to admit this, though: I was skeptical to try it out for myself because I find the strong orange, red, and yellow tones that bathe photographs not really right up my alley. I was used to the flexibility of color and black and white films, and personally I thought redscale films are only perfect for landscape and seascape photography. I’ve heard people claim of going through redscale "phases,” which have me puzzled.
Until I got to finally create my first DIY redscale film, shoot with it, and saw the results. Creating the film was a bit daunting at first but I think it’s a fun experience and easier than I thought. I used a couple of Solid Gold ISO 200 rolls with the LC-A+ shot at 100 ASA.
Here are a few shots from my first roll, taken while on a walk around our village:
And here are some from my second, taken at Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila (except for the last photo):
Now I understand why analogue photographers are so smitten with redscale! The red tones in my photos probably aren’t as bright as what others would prefer on their redscale photos, but this is how I actually want mine to look. I thought the colors were perfect. I particularly like the ones I took in Manila, where my alma mater and former workplace are located. It’s like seeing my favorite city in a different light!
Really, all my doubts about it have been wiped out and now I can’t wait to stock up on some more DIY redscale films. Guess I am now going through my own redscale phase!