I was looking to add some “kick” in my photos, so I decided to give this roll a try. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed!
Believe it or not, my first try with a 120 film wasn’t a regular color negative one, but it was with the Lomography Redscale 100 120 . Will it be good? Will I get the “lomo effect”? Will the photos turn out too red? Tons of questions plagued my mind. But I knew that the only way to find out what to expect was to finish up a roll on my own! So, I loaded my Holga 120N, snapped away happily and never looked back.
As most people may (or may not) know, redscale film is simply one which has literally been inverted onto its other side. I don’t know whether this was done on purpose or by accident, but if I would like to personally thank the person who discovered this amazing wonder. The film is C-41 processed, which means that most photolabs are able to get your photos ready without any or much difficulty.
Redscale film loves light and will reward you handsomely if it is “fed” well. As my Holga 120N did not have any variable ISO settings, I relied a lot on the sun and other light sources (such as a flash) to get a photograph that was less red. I did the opposite when I wished to have a more “red” or “fierce” photo.
But the thing that makes me enjoy shooting with redscale film most are the unexpected results that can blow me away and make me go, “Wow, I didn’t see that one coming!”
This particular photo, taken in central Singapore, made the sky look somewhat green.
While this one shot in Phuket, Thailand had the word “retro” written all over it. Kinda looks like a vintage holiday destination postcard of some sort. Dare I say it, almost Polaroid-ish…
So, don’t be afraid to experiment and even do multiple exposures with the Lomography Redscale 100 120. Not knowing what to expect in the end will simply add to the excitement and fun of shooting! Cheers!
Load up the Lomography Redscale 120 100 ISO and achieve the warm-tinged effect produced only by exposing the negative on the reverse side! You’ll get breathtaking square shots evoking intensely warm, honey hues. See our selection of Lomography films here.