Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Scans

I had a feeling.
On Sunday when I took my film in to be developed and processed, I told the lab tech not to mess with any color correction.
When I got my images back they looked way too normal considering I was using that red scale film.
Sure enough, when I scanned the images from the negatives, the color was way off on the pictures I got.
First let's look at the original batch of red scale I shot with that cheap plastic Holga camera:

For one thing, the scans show more detail and are more contrasty, must be the machine processing.
The pictures don't look half bad, from a color point of view.
I think with the Holga or Lomo cameras and their fixed apertures, 200 ISO film is the minimum and 400 would be better.
Forget shooting at night unless you got some flash.
Next, the red scale shot with a Nikon FG:

You, the reader, can compare the bottom two shots from the ones I posted up on Sunday.
The sky is on the green side because over exposing by two stops gets you yellow so yellow combined with the blue sky gets you green.
Like this:

Either that or the light is exposing the green layer on the film and not hitting the blue.
Crazy film!
If you squint yer eyeballs you can also see the dust and some scratches on the negatives which I think looks kinda cool.
I think there's a lot more one can do with this film, like doing multiple exposures at different stops and getting some red mixed with the yellow or orange.
This red scale stuff is not for everyone.
More of a distraction when you get bored though it is kinda like ceramics where you don't know what you're going to get until you open the package.
Next I'm going to try and shoot some expired film and do some cross processing with slide film.
Should be interesting.


Chandra said...

I like all the photos, Limom; though, the one with the surfboard is my favorite, next to the one where you show the bike.

Paz :)

limom said...

Thanks! I like the surfer one too.