Just a few shots of a faded print and same print with gels, it can make a lot of difference in a viewing
experience by removing the fiery reds and restoring some colour.
Hi Vidar, it is a combo of blue and yellow, in some cases I use a green as well. I've made a selection box of different strengths
and combinations depending on fade on film. The shots are not perfect as I am still getting to grips with digital pics, I won't
call it photography, that is hallowed ground to lots of folk, but exposure could be better. In using gels, its a simple matter of
remembering the YCM of Technicolor, you must have yellow and blue when only reddish tones are left to bring a semblance of balance.
Are all films created like this? Magenta first, yellow second and then blue? Because I have a 16mm of an old Tony Curtis film and it's faded to blue, not red. I actually got two of this and they're both blue
You can get them from your local disco hire shop or theatre hire shop. Not so popular now but these outlets stock lee filter and roscoe filter gels for the par cans in theatres
in large sheet format, but they have a small filter swatch book of all the range in colours and patterns close to where the display will be for free. These are about 50mm x
25mm approx and will just cover a standard super 8mm lens but you could get two books for 16mm lens I guess. The colours go from almost neutral density colour right through
the colour range to full colour, so you get very pale yellow (straw ) to bright yellow, you can just add to or take away to get the best filtering to suit your film. The professional
range are diachroic glass filter which are about £10.00 or so for a small piece !!!!!, but these offer no fade colour effect and are better at transmitting light. The gels are good enough
for most film filtering because there is little or no direct heat to effect the centre colour of the gels.
I recently ordered a gel set (and custom cap for my lens to hold them) for my 16 mm Kodak Pageant. There's a gentleman here in Ohio who makes these for 8,Super-8 & 16 mm projectors of all makes. I'm looking forward to my set arriving so I can test them out on my machine.