Don't be afraid, using this film won't expose you to gamma rays and turn you into a huge green super hero who would probably follow an anger management course... You'll rather be surprised by the green smoothness this film has to offer.
I believe that this films comes inside the Lubitel 166+ box for a reason. You look at it and tell yourself: “woah… 50 iso, that’s low… I’ll only be able to shoot this with huge light !” Well not necessarily…
Yes of course this film will produce extraordinary results when used under great light conditions, but even in the shade, even on back lighting photos, on each and every single photo, you can see this wonderful presence of green blues or blueish greens.
Colors are vibrant, unexpected and I believe that the balance between the blue spectrum and green spectrum will surely depend on how much of blue or green there really is in what you’re capturing.
Added to that, it is very hard to grain thanks to it’s low sensitivity.
During my summer vacation in the south, I was able to have fun and try this film in many different conditions.
On a blue sunny day, out on a boat family trip, well… blue of the sea + blue of the sky = photos that speaks for themselves !
With green subjects
Now I love how this film balances these two colors out. Take a look at this picture, the water obviously comes out blue on the low end of the frame, the pool top comes out green, and right smack in the middle of these two colors, my little cousin comes out yellow !
Here are a couple of back lighting shots
Even with the Diana flash and a color gel, this film is simply wonderful
Most of my favorite photos are shot with this film
I’ve recently shot a roll of this film, back here in Paris, shot the entire roll the same day and started shooting it around 5:30pm, and light was already making itself scarce. But no worries, I knew my Lubi could suck the light in properly
Now, folks if you own a TLR, go out of your way to find and try this amazing film ! Don’t be afraid of it’s low iso, you’ll be amazed by it’s results.
I’ve been wanting to try this film with my Diana, but I’m still waiting for a clear blue sunny day in this grayish autumn in Paris.
Here’s the link to another review proving how great this film is, written by lomobuddy @"fivedayforecast":http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2010/06/09/velvia-50-its-not-easy-being-green
Thanks for reading, and be sure to link here your Velvia 50 albums =)
Lomo on !