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Rad Redscales: Who Says you Can’t Shoot Redscale Indoors?

Conventional wisdom says you need lots of light to shoot a roll of redscale film. Typically, this means shooting outdoors. But did you know that it’s actually not necessary to shoot redscale outdoors?

Photo by uncle_jay

If you are equipped with the LC-W loaded with a roll of redscale film, the world or rather, indoors, will present you with even greater photo opportunities that seem to scream for the use of redscale.

Photo by uncle_jay

Here’s my hypothesis.

Considering that the LC-W has a tendency to overexposure slide films in the great outdoors when shot at box speed but works fine when underexposed by a stop or two, it appears logical that redscale films are the natural choice for this camera. To test this hypothesis of mine, I loaded a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 film which I redscaled myself and went shooting.

The results were somewhat expected, which validated my hypothesis.

But some photos simply blew me away like the following one.

Photo by uncle_jay

This photo above is one of my favourite photos so far. When I do shoot redscale, which is rather often, I tend to favour the green/blue tones of the film. I can’t explain it, but I like the color. Another contender is the one below.

Photo by uncle_jay

Reviewing my photos, I started to understand how particular brands of film will behave under certain conditions. For example, I have also tried the Lomography Redscale XR 50 – 200 films with a SLR. And I like the results when I expose the film at lower ISOs and shot indoors.

The tinge of red/orange makes the photo(s) look nostalgic to me.

Naturally, this little test of mine is inconclusive. But if the results are anything to go by, I’d say that this is perhaps one way to pleasantly surprise yourself if you’re in the mood for experimental photography.

See the rest of my LC-W indoor shoot album “here”: http://www.lomography.com/homes/uncle_jay/albums/1883400-lc-w-kodak-ultramax-400-redscale-changi-airport-in-redscale

written by uncle_jay

4 comments

  1. denisesanjose

    denisesanjose

    Just got some Lomography Redscale 100 film. Should definitely try it on the LC-W then!

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  2. adam_g2000

    adam_g2000

    Did you shoot the ultramax at the rated 400?

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  3. uncle_jay

    uncle_jay

    @denisesanjose: That would be interesting. I would hazard a guess that most photos will come out really dark and red if shot at box speed. But if you do try it indoors, I strongly recommend finding a very very bright indoor light source, else it may be underexposed.

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  4. uncle_jay

    uncle_jay

    @adam_g2000: Good catch. I actually exposed the film at ISO100 and 200 for the photos in this story. But I exposed the film at ISO400 (for silhouettes) in The Art of Falling Tear Drops story.

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