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Long Exposures in Redscale

As I had only used redscale film once before, on a sunny day, and it came out under-exposed, I was a bit worried about trying night shots with it. I was pleasantly surprised...

The first time I used redscale was last summer. Even though I had tried to take every photo on a sunny day I was still only left with around four photos that were not under-exposed. That gave me the idea that maybe redscale film is made to be over-exposed.

I headed out on a cold, snowy night with a couple of friends and my camera (a Samsung Fino i found on eBay and purchased for the main reason it had the ‘bulb’ setting) loaded with some Kodak Max 400 ISO that I had redscaled myself. If anyone is unsure on how to do this, there are plenty tipsters on here telling you how.

We found a bridge over a busy road and set up our cameras. As I haven’t bothered buying a tripod yet a had my camera resting on the handrail while I was holding the shutter button down. It doesn’t get much more lo-tech than this!

I was surprised at how well they came out as I had exposed each one for between 15 and 20 seconds!

I also tried setting the flash off at the beginning of the exposure to capture anything in the foreground. This would have worked a lot better if I’d kept exposing for longer after the flash had went off.

I even tried a couple of exposures of around 30 seconds!

On the way home we stopped by the local train tracks and tried a few shots.

I think it’s apparent from the last two photos that for light trails on redscale, there needs to be quite a lot of traffic to have the desired effect.

Anyone who is thinking of trying this, my best bit of advice would be to expose your photos for as long as you want, and worry more about under-exposing than over-exposing.

And if your heading out in the snow, find a pair of gloves that you can still operate your camera with. I didn’t, and after holding the shutter button down for this long, my finger was completely numb!

written by jazz_cafe


  1. neanderthalis


    Awesome light trails in the beginning photos!

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  2. jojo8785


    Great work!

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  3. 134340


    so nice. i'd love to try this some night :)

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  4. mojo_lomo


    flash on or off??

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  5. bethmac


    these are great!
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  6. chindijap


    the photos by the train tracks are absolutely stunning (~:

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  7. deje


    @jazz_cafe Я тоже как-то писал про редскейл ночью, у меня правда немного другие цвета получились. Наверное потому что делал выдержки минут по 5.

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  8. deje


    @jazz_cafe I also once wrote about redskeyl night, I though slightly different colors are. Probably because the expose to 5 minutes.

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