Wednesday, February 17, 2010

120 Redscale is not possible because of the backing paper…WRONG!

Yes, that’s wrong, 120 redscale is possible! Look at my photos to see for yourself

Yes, that’s wrong, 120 redscale is possible! Look at my photos to see for yourself
When I found out about the 35mm redscale technique, I was curious if that could be done for 120 film. A lot of people said that it wasn’t possible. I found that weird because the principle of redscaling 120 film should be the same as redscaling 35mm film. After so many thoughts about it, procrastination sessions, I finally had the push to give it a shot. I had a roll of undeveloped exposed film, so I checked out what had to be done. The film itself is just taped to the back paper, and what’s left of me to do was peel off the taped film, flip the film, and tape it back on. Simple right?!
The hard part of redscaling 120 film:
• Must be done in the dark.
• Aligning the film when taping it to the back paper in the dark.
• Making sure that as you roll back the film to the spool, it doesn’t loosen up.
• Don’t use the redscaled 120 film right away, let it stay rolled in the spool for some minutes to adapt to its new form. This will avoid the film from loosening up when placed inside a camera.
• Use a medium format film that your are confident in getting all 12 shots exposed (my first try was with a Diana F+, I only got 3 out of 12 shots).
• I think we should push process it by 1 stop (I haven’t tried but all my shots are under exposed).
I’m extremely satisfied with this experiment, proving that redscaling 120 film is possible! The possibilities for film photography are endless! That’s why I love lomography and film =D
Now it’s your turn to try out this tip! Go red!
Good Luck and Lomo on!

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