This review is the 1st version, as I continue to study this film, I will be adding more photos and discoveries! :)
After a roll of this film, I am convinced that this is a beautiful film to redscale. It just requires a bit of mastery.
Since this is an outdated film and it is redscaled, it’s purely experimental! There are a lot of factors that will affect the outcome of your shots such as the camera used and the lighting conditions. Based on my test, here are the results:
Camera Used: LOMO LC-A Russian (Dead Stock)
Aperture Settings: Automatic
ISO Setting: 50, 100 & 200
Film Used: Redscaled Superia 400 135-36exp
Light Condition: Sunny to Partially Cloudy, 3PM, Eastwood, Quezon City
I took three sets of shots, one when it was cloudy, one directly under the sun and one indoors beside glass windows.In each set, I stayed in the same position, change the ISO setting, until I’ve exposed each shot in ISO 50, ISO 100 and ISO 200. I set the maximum ISO to 200 because ideally, redscale films should be overexposed at least 1 stop (divide the original ISO by half). I had the roll developed and scanned by Digiprint. No pictures were edited in any way. Click on each picture to view the differences in higher resolution.
One thing I noticed is that this film, in this camera, under these light conditions were best exposed at ISO 50.
When exposed as ISO 200, the pictures we’re obviously underexposed. The colors we’re too red and black — at least too red for my taste. Under the sun, the colors seem better but the picture seems flat (when compared to the other exposures). When indoors, the picture was simple dark red and black — This reminds me of underexposed cross-processed Fuji Velvia on my Diana Mini.
When exposed as ISO 200, the picture still seemed a bit more on the red side, although other colors especially green is starting to come out. The picture detail is better and is a bit on the grainy side. Indoors, however, it’s toounderexposed.
When exposed as ISO 50, the pictures were perfect, in my opinion. Among the three, ISO 50 achieved the best results! When in the sunny photo, the LOVE blocks we’re really green considering it’s redscale! This is the type of redscale that I adore! When I shot scenes while it was partially cloudy, the picture came out with a touch of yellow. This is another type of effect that I love achieving! The steel MALL sign came out perfectly! :) Lastly, while indoors, although I only held the camera, the picture I took surprisingly came out OK as well — the condiments in front of the mirror came out clear, so it was probably just a focusing mistake! :) In the future, however, I would hold the camera against something solid so that it wouldn’t move.
This film when redscaled is best exposed as ISO 50 and 100. With ISO 200, it still seems underexposed. For future experimentation, I will probably be using this film in the beach or in the snow using the same three settings. Another improvement I could do is to use it with an SLR to ensure proper exposure. In the mean time, I hope you find this article helpful!
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