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5 Frames with a Canon AT-1 and a Roll of Redscale – by Toby Van de Velde

Canon AT-1 with 28mm lens.

I have had my Canon AT-1 for 30 years this year, my first ‘proper’ camera when I first started to study photography in the 6th Form. I took it to Iceland with a 28mm f2.8 lens, alongside my D810 and IR converted D90 a couple of years ago. I chose to shoot Redscale as I had a camera that would take ‘normal’, albeit digital, pics.

Having had this camera for so long, I find that I can shoot in a very instinctive way. The basic controls offer all I need – or want – shutter and f/stop I can find with my eyes shut, I can load and unload it with my eyes shut as well. The Canon AT-1 is not a camera I come across very much, I see more AE-1’s in circulation, and often feel this long owned piece of my early adulthood can be a little forgotten in camera circles.

As a photographer, Iceland in August was an amazing experience. Obviously the scenery, but also the light. This was the purest light I have ever shot in – as an aside, the files I got from my D90 were some of the best I have shot in IR.

The visible light was very attractive as well, so I messed it up in Redscale, just because I like the unexpected results this way of shooting delivers. I always respool my own as well. I love to count how many stops I am overexposing and try to visualise in my mind’s eye how the scene will be recorded. Heavy red saturation at +8 and then burning through into those lovely muted yellows and oranges as you hit 12 or 15 stops over.

These five images I chose because they illustrate a fleeting glimpse of the varied scenery I discovered whilst exploring the country.

Langjökull - Into the Glacier. Five frames with a Canon AT-1 and a roll of Redscale.

Langjökull – Into the Glacier.

1000 year old icebergs at Jökulsárlón. Five frames with a Canon AT-1 and a roll of Redscale.

1000 year old icebergs at Jökulsárlón.

Behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Five frames with a Canon AT-1 and a roll of Redscale.

Behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Vik, the Black Sand Beach, Iceland. Five frames with a Canon AT-1 and a roll of Redscale.

Vik, the Black Sand Beach, Iceland.



Icelandic flatlands leading to volcanoes. Five frames with a Canon AT-1 and a roll of Redscale.

Icelandic flatlands leading to volcanoes.

My website:  www.vandevelde.co.uk
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  • Reply
    Victor Bezrukov
    March 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    it’s first time i see such interesting use by REDSCALE film – not too red but beautiful in red tones in blacks !
    and now i really would like to try it !
    thank you

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you Victor, the secret is to heavily overexpose – by at least 12 or 15 stops – that burns the red out.

  • Reply
    Terry B
    March 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    If Van Gogh were alive today, he’d no doubt love these, especially the last one.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks a lot Terry. Have you seen the film Loving Vincent? It’s about Van Gogh, his life and death. All made from animated versions of his paintings.

      • Reply
        Terry B
        March 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm

        Toby, no I haven’t. Looks like it could be fun. Must check it out.

        • Reply
          March 21, 2018 at 4:40 pm

          I was lucky enough to see it at a cinema.

  • Reply
    Toby Vandevelde Photography | 5 Frames With – An Icelandic Memory
    March 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    […] – especially the Redscale photography I took with my Canon AT-1. You can find that article on 35mmc.com It’s just a short read, more about the pics really, but I am glad to be getting stuff out […]

  • Reply
    Alex Hakimi
    March 24, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    love the mood in these. now i’ve got to shoot some redscale. which emulsion do you prefer?

    • Reply
      March 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      I don’t think that matters Alex. It’s all about the #FilmWrecking so go for cheap and cheerful.

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