Bluescale: Redscale's Cool Cousin


Redscale photography is a popular technique that yields dramatic images of red and yellow by exposing color negative film back-to-front. Now meet bluescale, a simple way to achieve striking cyan photographs.

Redscale is what happens when you flip color negative film over so that the red-sensitive layer at the back of the film is now closest to the lens. Your images shift into deep red-yellow hues. Other surprising effects are also possible if you vary the ISO setting of your camera.

Shot using Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm. Credits: poglad

But what happens if you take the fantastic LomoChrome Turquoise film and flip that?

It turns out that LomoChrome Turquoise has a special blue-sensitive layer that is exposed nearest to the lens if you flip it over. This creates blue-cyan pictures very similar to redscale but with a totally different palette.

In order to create bluescale film, you will need:

● One roll of LomoChrome Turquoise 35mm film
● One empty 35mm cassette
● A place to go where it’s very dark

You can either get a reusable film cassette or a roll that has been developed but has a little tag of film left sticking out. Then you attach the end of the LomoChrome Turquoise to the empty roll. Make sure to do it back-to-front so that the bright yellow side will face away from the lens.

Once it’s attached, find a very dark room and begin to wind the film into the empty cassette. You don’t need to wind all of it; you may keep some portions of the original roll to use as normal LomoChrome Turquoise film, if you so wish.

Once you’ve transferred as much film as you want to use for bluescale, cut the film and fashion a leader section by trimming the end of the film so that you can load it into your camera.

LomoChrome Turquoise is rated at ISO 100-400, but because you are shooting through the back of the film it’s best to over-expose by one stop, so I treat the bluescale version as ISO 50-200.

Here are some of the bluescale pictures that I took. In each sequence, the ISO setting on my camera was first 200, then 100, then 50, then 25. Which setting looks best? You decide!

Trial 1

Buildings appear to be in twilight when shot at ISO 100 or 200. Credits: poglad

Trial 2

Metallic paint really gleams thanks to the cyan and white highlights. Credits: poglad

Trial 3

Coastal and maritime scenes take after the blue of the ocean. Credits: poglad

These are just a few examples of what is possible with bluescale photography using LomoChrome Turquoise film. Why not prepare a roll for your next photo trip and upload your own album of unique bluescale pictures?

About the community member

Paul Taylor is a Lomographer based in the United Kingdom.

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written by poglad on 2015-09-06 #gear #tutorials #film #redscale #bluescale #turquoise #tipster #lomochrome


  1. spiceminer
    spiceminer ·

    very nice!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    @poglad That's great an I will try this for sure!! :) I was asking myself what would happen with a reversed Turquoise... did you try the same with a Purple?

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    And exposure at 100 or 50iso seems the most interesting in my opinion...

  4. poglad
    poglad ·

    Not yet with Purple... I think you would still get the deep blue, but where it turned cyan you would get magenta instead! Why don't you try it and see! :-)

  5. poglad
    poglad ·

    @vicuna Not yet with Purple... I think you would still get the deep blue, but where it turned cyan you would get magenta instead! Why don't you try it and see! :-)

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    @poglad I will! :) I already noticed that the Purple exposed normally at 200iso with strong sunlight gives very blue pictures...

  7. reizueberflutung
    reizueberflutung ·


  8. mugiwahyudi
    mugiwahyudi ·

    wow, amazing, may I share this link?

  9. eddyd
    eddyd ·

    Why don't they just make a lomo blue scale as they have with the red scale. Too many steps involved to make a DIY bluescale.

  10. poglad
    poglad ·

    @mugiwahyudi of course!

  11. poglad
    poglad ·

    @eddyd who knows, maybe they will... you should message them and ask! Would be great for icy blue pics when the snow comes.

  12. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Thanks for the info & maybe you should try greenscale with Fuji Sensia 400 reverse… ^_^

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