Dustin Adams creates the Psychedelic Blues film in small batches, and they are all a little different. He starts with a consumer film, and then fogs it with various light sources.
I love the unpredictability and the bright colors of this film.
When I use this film, it always brings me back to the joy of the moment. It helps me to see what I felt.
What To Expect From Psychedelic Blues Film
You can expect bright and colorful light leak type effects on your film. The edges of your film will have strong streaks of yellow, red, or pink.
Each type of Psychedelic Blues film will have a different look to it. Psych Blues #2 and #3 have a strong light leak effect, #4 has a holographic color effect, #5 has the color effects along the border of the image, and #6 has the color effects in shapes like circles and rectangles. The images in this post at with Psych Blues #2.
I personally prefer it in colorful or darker environments. For example, dark water (i.e. the Atlantic Ocean) and bright blue skies makes a great backdrop for this film.
I’ve seen awesome landscapes done with it, too.
Where It Struggles
For starters, it’s an experimental film created with consumer 35mm film, so, it’s going to be grainy. It doesn’t bother me, but I know it can be a deal breaker for some.
I think it’s great struggle can be seen in very white environments and when it’s overexposed. The times that I’ve shot it inside all white rooms or metered for shadows, it just came out looking wonky (not the good kind of wonky).
Thank you so much, Ashli! If you have questions about Psychedelic Blues Film, leave them below in the comments, and you can find more of Ashli’s work on her website and Instagram!