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EXPLORING THE HANDMADE REDSCALE PHOTO FILM
Have you ever heard about black and white film? It’s a monochromatic film which only has two
major colors, black and white, which the rest of the colors hued from those colors. The black and white film has its own virtue that color film usually didn’t have, because the state of being colorless gives a dramatic sense for the pictures. If you know about that film already, you will ready to exploring the other films, it is not just a common color film, but it is a redscale film. Redscale film, apparently same as the black and white film, but instead of has black and white as major colors, its major color are ranged from orange, red, and black. The process to make a redscale pictures with film are popularly known as Redscaling. The process is simply by pulling the unexposed film, the usual common film you buy in photo studio, and put it reversed in the new film cartridge. Basically, red scale film is best used to expose objects like trees and blue morning or evening sky. Before we get move to redscale film, it is necessary to get know what are inside the film, because you will make your own redscale film manually. If you try to open your photo-film cartridge, you would find a long strip of plastic that has coatings on each side (See Figure, it is number 1 and 8). The main part of the film is called the base (number 1), and it starts as a transparent plastic material that is 4 thousand to 7 thousand of an inch (0.025 mm) thick1. Inside the base there are various coatings (number 2 to 7) that are important to the physical handling of the film in manufacture and in processing. There is where the photochemistry happens. The individual layers in there that collectively less than one thousand of an inch thick.2 Inside that layers there are Silver-halide grains and other molecules added which are sensitive to blue, green and red light. And, this process happens separately for exposure to the red, green and blue portions of the reflected light. Some of the do
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Figure 1.0 Photographic Film 35mm Layers Source: commons wikimedia.org

Woodworth, C. (2008, Thursday, October 30). How Photographic Film Works. [Homepage of How Stuff Works], [online]. Available: http://www.howstuffworks.com/film.htm [Accessed date April, 21 2010] 2 Ibid

2. If you already have that stuff. logically the process is reversed too.org/wiki/color_wheel [Accessed date April 21 2010 at 11:36 PM] 4 A changing bag is a bag which has two arms like a jacket instead the strap. (see figure 1. you can start to make your own handmade redscale film. without passing through the protective layer first. the latest color. On simple sentence. That is why the most color made in redscale film is yellow and red. number 3. because the yellow color are reaching the base faster than being filtered. Available: http://en. those three primary color are hued or mixed to form other secondary or tertiary colors as the Goethe’s Color Theory3. and pull some film out of it. then the yellow color are reduced. Then snip the leader of the film (a part that on the first edge of the film which usually only half width of the film). This reversed process made something called color-loss. with a bit film Figure 1. At first. April 21 at 00:46 AM). a clear tape. a filter. And also. how about the redscale film? Have mentioned before that redscale film is made by putting the film reversed in the new film cartridge. a green sensitive layer. a red sensitive layer and formed a latent image on the base.1) 3. which is blue and green also. and blue light forms a latent image in the blue-sensitive layer (On figure. then tape the two film together. 3 (2010. Take the unexposed film shell. So. the base are dyed blue first. On that procedure. and a scissors. [Wikipedia. is placed in the very front. as a canvas. a photo-film cartridge which is got after you lab-processing a film or in other term called “an empty film-shell”.1 Two Film with opposite side of film facing up. . the yellow filter before the blue sensitive layer becoming useless. cannot reach the base well. you need a darkroom.wikipedia. a changing bag or dark places). 4 and 7). or a completely dark place that you can found there is no lights leak into it. there is a separate layer in the film for each color: Red light forms a latent image in the red-sensitive layer of the film. Take a roll of film. Color Wheels. because the base. Source: writer creation left in it. to a blue sensitive layer. a changing bag4. and make sure you do it in complete darkness (in a darkroom. So. [Online]. with low in green and lack in blue color. After the scientific know-how about the film and redscale process. we will try to learn how to make the redscale film. the tools we need are an unexposed roll film. the color usually black. then dyed red. but with opposite side of film facing up. The image is called latent because people cannot detect its presence until the film is processed. The Free Encyclopedia]. The base are exposed first by light. green and blue in a row. with a yellow reducing before the blue. Roll the film into the other cartridge (the used one). having two layers and two zippers. step by step. and it is used in photography as a mobile darkroom. light is go through the filters and layers in a row. then dyed by green and red color. The steps are: 1.not form images. green light forms a latent image in the green-sensitive layer. Also.

Other failures will be explained later. most of them said that Fuji Film photo-film has strong color in green. the more it became as same as common film or more chance to green colors occur. we can conclude that redscale film can be self made and it is cheaper than you bought it as it were (it comes to market on 40. Some photographers found that different photo-film manufacture produce different tone in redscale. 22 January at 11:20AM). [Flickr: I Shoot Disscussion]. cut some edges to make a new leader on the used film with film inside it. because Kodakchrome 64 is higher four times from that price). which means it is in the same position as the common film. on writer’s personal experience. Then. but if you were too overexposing it far enough. then the less.000 rupiah each. 5. there's nothing different about shooting it. Now. (2010.000 to 50. the more the red and yellowish color occur. But if it is all about efficiency. [Online]. But. Other than that. pull it a bit.4. Overall. then people must pay attention to what film are they use to exposing a redscale image. it will come grayscale. There are some failures which mostly occur when making a redscale film. Before the film is complete transferred. one thing to keep in mind is that you might want to overexpose everything by one stop. If it is true. With this film. Another thing to think about is that different kinds of film and different lighting conditions will yield somewhat different results. Available:http://www. ranging from a very much maroon tint to a strong yellow. it is only matter of overexposing the film.flickr. One of the failures is the film irreversibly transferred. 5 Mimiblumenfeld. it depends on what film you use to make a redscale film. now people can enjoy the sunset-like photograph even in a sunny lunch break photo session.com/groups/ishootfilm/discuss/72157623262912692/ [Accessed date 2010. then snip it so the new film cartridge Then. Discussing Velvia 100 F Color. Konica Centuria series has strong in blue and Kodak in yellow5. 18 May] . you already have made a handmade redscale film. the more you overexposing. It is a become empty and the used one are have a film inside it. half width of the film.

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