Redscale Part 2: Shoot a little bit faster

Olde Town Arvada water tower
The water tower and train tracks in Olde Town Arvada just after sunset. Love the silhouette effect. Shot at ASA-400. (Daniel J. Schneider)

Last week I posted the first part of my experimentations with redscale film, rife with alien-esque landscapes from the Denver Botanic Gardens and elsewhere around town. This week I’ve refined my process.

I loved the effect I got before, but decided I might’ve rated the rerolled ASA-400 film a little too slow after reversing it. I was metering for ASA-25 or ASA-50 in last week’s shots.

This week I decided to go back to the drawing board, metering instead for ASA-100 or ASA-200. The effect, to me, was much more like some of the other #BIFscale15 shots I’ve seen on Twitter the last couple weeks. Much more contrasty and moody — and red.

Display window at Denver Pavilions
A dress on display in a window at the Denver Pavilions mall as the building’s shadow cuts a neat line on the wall. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)

Shooting at 400, though, resulted in quite noticeable grain on some of my frames. I’m not sure if this was because of the underexposure or the age of the film — I think the Kodak Gold 400 I was using when I made the box-speed frames expired around 2000, and I don’t know how it was stored before it came to me.

The theme for week 2 of the BelieveInFilm Redscale month was Shapes/Buildings. For the second week, I once again used the Konica EE-Matic (you probably noticed it was still in my bag when I wrote about that a few days ago).

Without further ado, here’s the rest of my edit from the week:

Shadows on the wall of Denver Pavilions
The shadows of the lights and letters of the near-iconic “Denver Pavilions” sign at the mall of the same name. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Dancers outside Sheraton Denver Hotel
Afternoon sun lights up one of the dancers in a sculpture outside the Sheraton Denver Hotel. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Republic Plaza dining tables
The vibrant red, green and blue umbrellas of the outside dining area at the base of Republic Plaza in Denver. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Fountain outside Westin Hotel
The fountain outside the Westin Hotel Denver is dry for the winter, but still a popular place for downtown workers to eat their lunches. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
The glow of the afternoon sun behind the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center as the light rail moves northeast along California Street in Denver. Shot at ASA-100. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Accordion on 16th Street
An accordion player is accompanied by a drummer outside the Rialto Cafe on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Alleyway skybridge in Denver
A short skybridge between the third floors of two buildings spans an alleyway off the 16th Street Mall in Denver. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Sheraton Denver Hotel
The sun behind the Sheraton Denver Hotel. I never cease to be fascinated by the endless pattern of the Sheraton’s facade. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Denver Pavilions sign
The Denver Pavilions sign, made of steel I-beams, has become strongly associated with the city since the mall opened in 1998. Shot at ASA-200. (Daniel J. Schneider)