I was a Latecomer who missed lots of the RedScale fun. And now I am falling deeply in love with the film!
I became officially indulged in Lomography since April this year, and before then, I have no knowledge about films, the ISO, positive negative film, redscale, etc. After wandering a while in the Lomography website, I always bumped into the beautiful red tinted Lomographs that attracted me so much. I then started the search of RedScale film.
Occasionally, I was told that Lomography had stopped the production of the film. I was quite upset by the news, it was “like if you had never tried RedScale, you had never been into Lomo!” kind of thing. But miracles happened in Lomography (don’t they?)! I realized that the “add to cart” button magically reappeared itself in the Lomography online shop. Immediately I pressed, then checked out and waited for its arrival. Soon after I received my RedScale, the “product unavailable” kicked in.
Being a ISO 100 film, it does not show its true potential under cloudy sky. I had a few underexposed shots, and could barely remember what I was taking. Suggestion is to take your shots with B mode (hold still your camera!) under cloudy condition or even late afternoon. And remember a flash at night.
Its versatility slowly slipped in while the surrounding light conditions started to change. That is one of the best features about RedScale I love and it truly expresses the ‘unexpected’ element of Lomography. I will describe the film as a woman’s lips. Someday, you see her protruding sexy-red-hot-lips; some other time you see she wears just a sweet lip gloss; the next day, it is a whole new look again.
Overall, I love this film so much that I bear not to use the rest of the RedScale! I did not regret purchasing RedScale. The only thing I regretted is, I should have added 10 of these into my cart!