It seems like it was a very long time ago, but it has only been 3 months since I first got my hands on a true Lomo-camera, a gorgeous Black Jack Diana F+. Having browsed the Lomography site quite a bit, I had seen a lot of beautiful redscale shots, and I decided that the Lomography Redscale 100 ISO was going to be my first film. This is a very easygoing film that turned out to be a good choice for a newbie like me.
Those of you who live up north know that during winter there is little or no color to be found. No blue skies, no green trees, let along any colorful flowers. So when I discovered redscale photography I thought that it was going to be the perfect solution for all those gray and rainy days. Finally I would be able to get some nice red and yellow tones in my photos even though there was no color to be spotted anywhere!
As soon as my Diana F+ arrived, I popped in a redscale 100 iso film and put the loaded camera in my bag, waiting for the first opportunity to put it to good use. Luckily I didn’t have to wait long as that very same day I took my first steps as a Lomographer! On my way back home from work I witnessed a gorgeous sunset, just begging to be photographed.
The following day I shot the next few frames. Conditions were very cloudy, so I should have set the aperture accordingly, but never having held a Diana F+ I simply forgot and left it at f22. It also didn’t occur to me to use the bulb setting, so shutter time was fixed at 1/100. Looking back, it should have been a disaster, but even though the resulting photos turned out fairly dark, I still like them.
That night I finished this first roll with my novice attempts at long exposures. This time I did use the bulb settings, but didn’t take any rules for shutter speed into consideration. I kind of just winged it, using shutter times ranging from 2 to 8 seconds. Again, disaster waiting to happen, and again, it all turned out rather fine.
When the first roll was developed and I saw the dark pictures taken during the day, I realized I had a lot of reading up to do! So I did. I soon learned that redscale is quiet light hungry. So for the next roll, which I loaded in a Coronet box camera from 1910, I knew I had to adjust shutter speeds. Looking at the results I would say maybe I let too much light in this time, as most of the red tone is gone. Nonetheless, results are OK.
In my opinion the Lomography Redscale 100 120 film is a very tolerant film that can handle just about any light condition. Obviously, using correct shutter times and apertures will result in much better pictures, but unlike a normal CN film, under or over-exposure doesn’t necessarily ruin your shot!