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

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

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

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  2. uncle_jay

    uncle_jay

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

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  3. nuo2x2

    nuo2x2

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

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  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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