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ShortlinesUSA 10-20-2005 03:40 AM

Film selection for cloudy shooting
Evening all,

I was hoping someone could offer some film advice. I shoot almost exclusively Provia 100F. I'm looking at some fall color shooting for the weekend, but it looks like the weather is going to be cloudy/rainy. I'll be doing mostly short lense work, so I'm not worried about higher speed film. Can anyone shed some light if they've worked with something other than Provia in these conditions, such as Velvia 100F? I'm just wondering if there's anything that will give a little more pop to a dreary day, or if I should stick with my trusted Provia.


Mike Derrick

Pat Lorenz 10-20-2005 04:17 AM

I would stick to your trusted Provia, i shoot it to. Although i usually stay away from cloudy conditions, not that the film doesnt expose right, its just i have no intrest in cloudy conditions. Anyway, Velvia is just about the same stuff as provia, but i do recall that it might be better suited for what you are going into. I also tried the Astia and that seemed to give me a pretty close result to provia, though there wasnt as much saturation. If i was you i wouldnt switch, i would stick to what you know, in otherwards you know what provia will do in such and such conditions so you can make you adjustmnets as you need. Thats my opinion, but see what everyone else thinks first!

Slopes09 10-20-2005 05:12 AM

My book, Railroad Photography, suggests shooting black and white film on cloudy days. But thats mainly if you can process it yourself.

ssw9662 10-20-2005 05:20 AM

Ektachrome 200 is my film of choice because the weather is always crappy when I railfan... :oops:

Pat Lorenz 10-20-2005 06:36 PM

No offense to ssw, but i would stick with fuji products.

ATSF666 10-20-2005 06:42 PM

Velvia 50 (RVP)
Velvia 50 (RVP) would be my first choice (it is for all lighting conditions) and the new Velvia 100 (RVP100) would be my second choice and the Velvia 100F would be my third and last would be ProviaF (because it is a cool cast film and cloudy days already have a cooler cast).

Joe the Photog 10-22-2005 09:23 PM

What is this *film* you guys speak of? Can you play it in your eight track player?


All kidding aside, I held the perhaps unpopular and even naive belief that you can out think yourself when it comes to film. When I was shooting slides way back then (two years ago, actually) I have to admitt I only used various Kodak stuff that us poor souls who had to buy it one or two rolls at a time at CVS could afford.

While what is in the camera naturally can make a difference, I was of the school of thougt that if you knew what you were doing with the camera, you could get away with using just about any slide film.

The best lesson I ever learned in photography was to stop buying the print film crap and actually shoot slides to start with.

Joe H.

Bryan Jones 10-23-2005 07:57 AM

I'm in the same situation as you Mike, shooting fall colors under mostly cloudy/rainy skies. Get yourself some Fuji Velvia 100F and I think you will be really pleased with the results you get. Its been my winter and poor condition film ever since it came out. It really gives the colors a nice punch on those dreary days which would be rather bland if I was just shooting Provia that day. The Ektachrome E100VS isn't a bad film either, very similar to the Velvia 100F and will provide the extra color punch when you need it.

Bryan Jones

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