Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How to Take Symmetrical Images with Exposing Both Sides of the Film (EBS)

Today, we featured excellent symmetrical images with exposing both sides of the 35mm film taken by Hodaka Yamamoto, aka hodachrome. In a tipster article on Lomography website, he explains a very unique technique of his. hodachrome is renowned on Lomography community for his stunning Lomography shots, often incorporating redscale or long exposure photography.

Now just scroll down the blog post to read all about this remarkable technique.

Today I will be introducing the technique so called EBS, exposing both sides of the film, one of the most unique techniques within Lomographic photos. Is it hard to do it? Maybe! But once you get good luck and concentration, you might get amazing results!

Photo by hodachrome

How to load the film with certain manner
Set the film for the first exposure. (Let’s pretend we are going to use an LC-A) Make sure the film winder is winded fully, so you know it is winded. (We want to make sure it’s the same setting for the second time, too) Pull the film end to the spool. You mark the sprocket by the gear rolling up the film. By doing this, you can set almost the same for the second time.

Make sure that film is nicely stretched, or would we say tensioned. Use the rewind crank to make it straight.

Take a photo of how it sets by other digital camera (even cellphone camera), so you can have the image to match for the second time. Close it, press the shutter, and wind. If you feel that the film is not quite winding, then reset the film again.

How to load the film

Okay! Let’s go out and shoot! Choose the day with clear weather, set the ISO as 400 or 200, shoot the regular side of negative film. (I use 800, but I like to make a bit over-exposed since my LC-A+ get a bit under-exposed when I set it as 800 when I use 800) Subject should be something quite high contrast, and clear background. If you can include blue sky in the background, it looks even better! Use the Splitzer to cover the bottom half. You may want to shoot couple of same shots, so that you can get the best result out of it.

Once you are done shooting a roll, go to darkroom to flip the film. (Refer another tipster to see how to make a redscale film) Make sure to keep the film order! Be careful!

Once you flip the negative, it gets two stops darker, so it becomes ISO 200 redscale film from ISO 800 film. (If you shoot 400, will be 100 redscale film. If you shoot 200, becomes 50, if you shoot 100, became 25... accordingly)

Set it as the first time, make sure just like the first time! If you miss it, the result will not be symmetrical images! Please refer to the setting from the first time through the digital photo you took before shooting the first time!

Let’s start shooting with redscale!
Pick the cloudy day. (Redscale film gets better result and contrast with cloudy day)
Set the ISO as 200.
Just like the first time, make sure to cover the bottom end by Splitzer again!
You are going to take a shot exactly the same order, place, and angle, yes, EXACTLY the same. How can we remember those info? I can’t! I always jot down all the information when I shoot the first time. Order, location, composition and all the details I can write, I even take photos of it by cellphone, too.

Do we hold camera upside down? Nope, you already switched the side when you flipped the film from regular color negative side to redscale side in darkroom. So, you can hold it normal. (Except if you were shooting vertical)

If you are done, bring it to the photo lab. It is a regular color negative, so you can simply develop with C-41. No need to ask for any special instructions. Since we expose both sides, there might be some gap of different length between each shot. If you are scanning it, you need to be aware of it.

Photo by hodachrome

Did you get what you like? I hope you see the red and blue symmetric world :)
It’s a bit challenging, but it is great when you see a good result!
Try it out!;)
Enjoy your EBS life!

This tutorial was written by hodachrome, translated by whynotwinnipeg and original published on here.

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