Rasp film is the first to be featured in our new in-depth guide to revolog films. Get to know the scratchy film with the yellow label.
Type: Colour Negative
Rasp film was one of the first films that we created back in 2009 when we still visited the photo college at “Die Graphische” in Vienna. It took a few weeks of trial and error to finally figure out the right look for this film after which it became a favorite of ours due to its simplicity.
Photographs taken on Rasp film include colored lines, which either run horizontally (when shooting landscape format – see top photo) or vertically (when shooting portrait format – see bottom photo).
The coloured lines that are the trademark of Rasp film will be more visible in darker parts of the image. The lines that go through the image will usually appear yellow in brighter parts of the image and blue in darker parts of the photo.
Over / Under Exposure
Rasp film is a particularly nice film to try out at night, as the effect comes out strong without overwhelming your photos.
The lines are connected through the frames and make it possible to shoot great panoramas.
The effect of the Rasp film adds a certain dynamic to your image, it is the perfect film for all kinds of photo projects, from landscape to architecture and portrait.
Going experimental – Rasp film cross processed
Cross processing is a technique, where you develop film in a chemical that is not intended to be developed in. Usually that means developing slide film in negative film chemistry (C-41), but it can also be done the other way around, developing negative film in slide film chemistry (E-6).
When you develop colour negative film in E-6 chemistry there is the disadvantage of the orange hue that comes from the orange colour “mask” which was designed to help in the printing process. If you decide to cross process a colour negative film it is wise to have a film scanner handy, as you might be able to tweak the colour of the processed negative in your preferred way.
The following examples where taken on a sunny afternoon in August at Augarten, Vienna with a Minolta AF7000 camera with slight overexposure (the camera had a faulty exposure meter we later discovered).
The scans we received from the lab showed little effect, as the orange hue covered all of the pictures. There is almost no detail in the highlights due to the overexposure. The picture was rescanned with an Epson V750 scanner and Silverfast software, which autocorrected the colour of the photo. The usually multi-coloured lines of the Rasp film appear dark, and the photo itself has a washed out, greenish tint.