Slide film: bracket your shots

It’s Velvia week here at the Resurrected Camera.  I just couldn’t resist the pull of color reversal anymore.  As far as being affordable, I suppose that depends on how much the results justify the means.  For someone just starting out, no, I wouldn’t recommend it; even I had trouble and I’ve been shooting film for years.  With slide film, you either nail your exposure or you miss the shot; there’s very little latitude.

Bracket your shots.

Here’s something I’m pretty happy with (and that the light meter didn’t lie to me about):00010024
35mm f/8 1/60 Fuji Velvia 50

Now this is the same shot overexposed and underexposed by one stop (f/5.6 and f/11):

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Yeah I hang around areas where one can see Pike’s Peak quite easily.  The thing is of course that, considering how many times I’ve photographed it, makes it hard to keep it fresh for me, but hopefully not for you.  Here’s a view from UCCS campus:

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50mm f13.5,9.5,6.8 1/250 Fuji Velvia 50 (the one the meter said was correct is far left)

I never had anything to worry about with color negative film; it just pulls in all the light it needs, but unfortunately this just isn’t the case with slides.  This is one that just didn’t take; it’s a shame because it looked just fantastic on the day.  According to the guy at the camera store, I should look into getting a graduated ND filter (I think he mentioned Cokin?) to be able get good exposure for the entire slide, when going for these contrasty shots.  I think I’d agree with him, but it’s going to cost…

And speaking of the cost.  I used a different lab this time.  They sent it up their main location in Boulder, where they have their E-6 machine (plus a very nice Noritsu scanner edit: I’m no longer a fan of that scanner…I must have just been dazed by the beauty of color reversal film).  It was $20 for one roll (processed, scanned, mounted, and a set of 4×6 proofs…it was a package deal), and I had to wait 5 days to get everything back.  This new place does seem to be a bit more professional in some things and I would definitely use them for any time I’m not shooting 35mm color negative.  The film is about twice as expensive as well.  I got around that by buying a (refrigerated) roll of Velvia 50 that expired a year ago.  It’s still good, thankfully, and the price was much better.  The other option in slide film is what’s being called AGFA Precisa CT, which, being made in Japan, I’d assume is rebranded Fuji of some sort.  And who knows how much Ferrania will cost when it comes out?  I guess we’ll see.  As I said in the beginning, it’s all about the results.  (which I’m still working on getting…)


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