In my last post I showed some photos I shot on a foggy summer morning on Portra 400 (some digital shots there too). I liked the colours I got that morning, so when later that week I was awake early enough for a second outing I decided to give Velvia a try. I do not have a lot of experience with shooting slide film, but it seemed that the saturated colours would suit the sunrise well.
I was warned, I know that exposure is much more critical with slide than with the very forgiving Portra. And the dynamic range is definitely smaller too. I used my simple handheld Sekonic L-208 meter in reflection mode, but it can still be tricky to get a good interpretation, specifically when dealing with shadows and sky. For example this next photo was one of the first frames I shot of this roll, and you can see some good colors in the sky but there is no detail at all in the dark parts of the trees. The darker foreground parts are quite red, definitely more so than I remember it. So it was a bit of a balancing act between sky and subject.
Although less forgiving than Portra, I do love the colors I got from this roll. I think it really brings out the special light you get on an early morning. The photos are more or less in chronological order, so the sun gets slightly higher, and the fog gets more diluted, in each frame. I hope you enjoy them!
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