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How To Shoot Psychedelic Blues Film by Ashli Dunphy

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Psychedelic Blues Overview: Psychedelic Blues film will give you beautiful color streaks throughout your images. Since it’s an experimental film (created by Dustin Adams through a process of fogging consumer 35mm film), expect different and unique results with each roll and a fair amount of grain. It also does best rated at box speed without any overexposure. Pick up some Psychedelic Blues here: Dustin Adams Photo Film Shop. It’s often out of stock, so be sure to follow the Psychedelic Blues Instagram page for stock updates!


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Psychedelic Blues Film Review by Ashli Dunphy

Dustin Adams creates the 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

Bright and colorful.

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How To Shoot And Meter Psychedelic Blues Film

I find it does best either in an auto mode, or metered bulb-in at 90 degrees. It does not do well overexposed, in my opinion. I almost always shoot this in my fully auto Nikon Action Touch (KEH Camera: Nikon Action Touch) these days.

Shoot It With Film Ashli Dunphy Psychedelic Blues

Where It Performs Best

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.

Shoot It With Film Ashli Dunphy Psychedelic Blues

Shoot It With Film Ashli Dunphy Psychedelic Blues

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).

Shoot It With Film Ashli Dunphy Psychedelic Blues


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!

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2 thoughts on “How To Shoot Psychedelic Blues Film by Ashli Dunphy

  1. Magical! I love this film so much.

    1. It really is so magical! ♥

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