It’s okay to don’t think just shoot, but what’s better is to think, budget, AND shoot. So maximize your slide film when you want to by D.I.Y. redscaling it with only using 3 or 5 of the last frames of the roll, cause the rest of it is very precious.
I always want to know about any possibilities of what color will I get from the combination of a camera and film. And since last year, I read a lot of people chatting about D.I.Y. redscale at this site, and at the Indonesian Lomography facebook group, LOMONESIA. I didn’t even know what in heaven’s sake “redscale” was! Then I watched how to D.I.Y. redscale film at youtube link that people shared. After obeying the tutorial, I’m successful with my D.I.Y. redscale color negative film debut. Bored with the result of D.I.Y. redscale color negative film, I had an idea to do it with my slide film. And Kodak Elitechrome EB slide/positive film ISO 100 was my first D.I.Y. redscale slide/positive film.
When I shared the result at Lomonesia, many people thought that I was crazy, because for Indonesians like me, slide/positive film is a luxurious thing and D.I.Y. redscaling it made the amazing colorful result of slides become the monotonous redscale color.
At first I ignored the people protesting about my hobby of D.I.Y. redscaling slide/positive film, until I realized that my expensive slide film stock was nearly empty. After lot of thinking, then I realize that not all of the critics were wrong. Then I had some of thinking when D.I.Y. redscaling my slide film.
1. Just D.I.Y. redscale the last 3 or 5 frames. I lost many rolls because a lot of my D.I.Y. redscale shots using slide film were disappointing. So I decided to use only 3 or 5 of the last frames of one roll, not all of it.
2. I have tried almost all of slide films and almost all of the results were of a monotonous redscale color. So combine normal color at the first frame and double expose it with D.I.Y. redscale at the same frame will create a variety of results, just like I did with my Fujichrome 50D slide/positive film ISO 50.
3. Just shoot it at with the sun shining bright or super available light conditions or you’ll get super disappointed underexposure results, just like what happen to my Fuji Provia slide/positive film ISO 100 that expired in 1997.
4. I made a promise when I have tried all slide films and D.I.Y. redscaled it, I’ll stop doing it, because not it’s not the redscale color which makes my photo special, but it’s my satisfaction involved in making it ;p
And here’s the rest of the slide film that I have D.I.Y. redscaled. Enjoy:
Fuji Velvia RVP slide/positive film ISO 50
Fuji Astia slide/positive film ISO 100
Fuji Sensia slide/positive film ISO 400
Lomography X-Pro chrome slide/positive film ISO 100
Kodak EL slide/positive film ISO 400
Kodak Ektachrome E100VS slide/positive film ISO 100 (expired)