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Redscale Checkered Flag

Redscale Checkered Flag. (Fuji Superia Reala 100 — Redscaled. Nikon F100. Epson V500.)

Redscale Checkered Flag. (Fuji Superia Reala 100 — Redscaled. Nikon F100. Epson V500.)


8 responses

  1. James Gahl

    strange. i love it. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM

  2. Thanks. So do I. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 6:22 PM

  3. macktlr


    June 4, 2009 at 6:47 PM

  4. Another well done picture. I particularly like the highlights in the flag, but the flare is nice too.

    What exactly do you mean by “redscale?” I’ve not heard that term before.

    June 4, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    • It’s when you shoot film backwards, through the base (exposing the red layer first instead of last). Typically, you just remove the film from one canister (in complete darkness, of course) and wind it backwards into an empty canister. Because you’re shooting through the base, you have to overexpose by about a stop or two. The more you overexpose, the further you move along the spectrum, from red to orange to yellow to green, etc. They recommend about two stops, but the results can be a bit too yellow. I prefer orange or red.

      June 4, 2009 at 10:24 PM

  5. Wow- my redscales never come out this good. How many stops id you overexpose compared to the box speed? I have gotten lackluster results shooting at one to two over- I think I need to overexpose it more.

    June 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    • They recommend two stops, but if you don’t mind the color green, overexpose by three stops. This was overexposed two stops, but I was shooting into the sun, so it’s more like one stop (hence the orange).

      As you know, it’s really a crapshoot. The redscaled photo I posted today was two stops, and you can barely tell. Guess the sun was in a certain position. Beats me.

      Now that I realize it, I remember on your site that CVS has been scanning your redscaled negatives. As you’d expect, they were scanned normally, yielding backwards results. I’ve actually been scanning backwards, yielding normal results. You might not have a scanner, so just tell CVS to scan them opposite of what they’d normally do. (Hope I haven’t confused you.)

      June 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM

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