Failed EBS experiment #1

I sat with my coffee this morning looking at @hodachrome's latest incredible 'exposing both sides' (EBS) album and said to myself, Man, I gotta try that too! So I attacked the project with great energy, preparing a homemade redscale film and cutting out a strip of black card to tape inside the bottom half of the back of the camera (I don't have a Splitzer, and figured this would work just as well). No problem so far, so I set off around my town shooting stuff that was supposed to be the redscale half of the shots, shooting each scene twice (with -2 and -3 stops compensation to see which worked best), taking care to also snap each scene on my phone so I'd know in what sequence and from which angle to take the second round of exposures. I got to the end of the roll and felt pretty confident that all was going well, until, walking home to switch the film around back to the other side for the 'normal' exposures, I realised that I should have put the card strip across the top half of the frame, not the bottom, since what you see through the lens gets turned upside down on the negative. Damn, I thought, and damn again! Having gone to so much effort already, though, I figured I could still rescue it by turning the film back to the normal side, as planned, but then shooting the second round of shots with the camera upside down. And so that's exactly what I did, but something definitely went wrong somewhere, because when I got the negs back from the 1-hour lab, I saw straightaway that only half of the frame had been exposed in each shot. I've now spent all evening trying to figure out what the hell went wrong, but still haven't got the answer... and my brain hurts as a result! Anyways, I spent so much energy on this today that I decided I'd upload three of the shots. Although the top and bottom halves of what you see were separate shots, I confess I used PHOTOSHOP to combine them together. I will not submit these to any competitions, and upload them here only so that one of you gurus out there might help me figure out how I f*'d up, and also to serve as a reminder to myself that, one day, I simply MUST master this technique...! Thanks for your patience if you made it this far, and like I said, I'd appreciate any help you have to offer. Thank you!


  1. vici
    vici ·

    well damn, if this isn't beautiful anyway. I really want to try EBS too, but I'm nervous.

  2. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Did you change theposition of the mask when swithching from redscale to normal?if so, maybe it needed to stay in the same position. Since you only have half of your frames exposed, the issue has to be with the mask.. I think. I'm dying to try this technique as well so I really appreciate you posting a detailed description of your approach. Better luck next time.

  3. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @vici: That's very kind of you! @mafiosa: No, I left the mask across the bottom half for the second round too, and I definitely turned the film the right way, so both the top and bottom halves must have been exposed. If I'd got either completely unexposed negatives or double exposures on only one half, that would have suggested that I either masked out both rounds or shot both rounds on the same half, but looking at the negs, the redscale round just isn't there at all, so it's still a mystery to me... Yes, I guess I need better luck next time! Thanks for commenting.

  4. adash
    adash ·

    I am very interested in seeing what your real photos looked like, and not the ones that you Photoshopped.

  5. adash
    adash ·

    BTW, I believe that has just been translated:…

  6. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @adash: I know, it's unpardonable :( I was just frustrated that I put so much effort into this and had nothing to show for it. Sorry...! And thanks for hodachrome's article - I didn't see this before.

  7. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Ok, I believe I've figured it out now: instead of setting the exposure compensation to -2 and -3, I should have set it to +2 and +3....! I completely underexposed the redscale shots by 4 to 6 stops, which explains why they didn't show up on the negs! Will try this next time, dammit...!

  8. adash
    adash ·

    LOL, Redscale requires a LOT of overexposure.

  9. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @buckshot, I'm glad you have resolved the issue! I can't wait to see what your next attempt yields.

  10. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I like the clever technique and would like try it. I might just make a splitzer and then use a colour filter for the reflections. That will be easier. Lol

  11. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @vici @mafiosa @adash @iamtheju @nostalgina @analogdisplay @tsingtao @bloomchen @rik041 @aton @alburnkat @gorics @phenomenon @imbaaa @110isnotdead @gendis @lokified @emkei @aldaer: Hi friends, you were kind enough to visit my first (failed) EBS album, so I thought you might also like to see my second, more successful attempt here:… Thanks a lot, guys 'n gals...!

  12. troch
    troch ·

    One of the joys of analog is the huge opportunity to experiment! Good on you for trying failing and making it perfect!

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