Do Not Cover the Film Counter


Another accidental trick and this one looks great too!

After buying my Diana+ and knowing I can place a 35mm film inside it, I decided to buy some negative films. Placing them inside requires a lot of effort: sponges, electrical black tapes and avoiding the light leaks is the most important for this one.

I forgot to place a black tape over the film counter of the Diana+ at the back. What did I get? A yellow notch, more like a strange drone that is infesting over the center of my photo. What’s best is that it looks redscale and cross-processed all over. I love the effect especially on my outdoor shots. It created a special colour that somehow mimics of how that little slide film gets all the attention.

So the next time you want some funky colours, try to forget placing a black tape or miserably, DO NOT cover the film counter at the back. It looks funky, yes!

written by ethermoon on 2009-05-19 #gear #tutorials #red #philippines #35mm #tipster #ethermoon #diana #film-counter


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  1. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Wow, I love it =) Seems like the perfect way to spice up color negative film, I'm going to try this one out for sure! Thanks a lot for this tip =))

  2. kernow_and_cambria
    kernow_and_cambria ·

    Same thing happened to me on my Holga when i jammed some 35mm into it. I got a red square in the middle of each photo that looks quite cool!

  3. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    I did the same mistake with my Holga and liked the effect too! :D

  4. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    great tip, might try it with miss holga!

  5. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    guys thanks for the comments! appreciate this one!!! i really love the effect on indoors, not outdoors. indoors gave that xpro feel... outdoor shots gives a redscale feel... :)

  6. dogma
    dogma ·


  7. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Wow - Disco Colors!

  8. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    I already forgot to cover the film counter, but the results were not so nice...

  9. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Wicked! Cool! Good tip.

  10. stouf
    stouf ·

    Oh yeah that's cool ! It happened to me the first time I putted 220 film in my Holga (as there's no paper in the 220, like in the 120)... Great gallery !

  11. jroberts
    jroberts ·

    very interesting!

  12. reddeviltj
    reddeviltj ·

    I didn't know we were supposed to cover that film counter.
    I'm still having problems getting photos that are something other than gray. Why is it that I just can't get those silly settings right?

  13. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    thanks a lot. :)

  14. mokochen
    mokochen ·

    lovely! i like the color!

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