A review of a slide film that’s now hard to find (in Italy), but with amazing results that always leaves me speechless, even after so many years.
Have you ever tried to overexpose by a half-stop using the Fuji Velvia 50? Or even a whole stop? I did it unintentionally when I used the Praktica LB (a camera without TTL exposure meter) with a selenium cell exposure, precise but not reliable in the situation of a scene with various zones of light and shadow. Even if the slides that I obtained are too light to be projected on the wall, the surprise was great when I scanned the images!
As you can see in the photos above, the two images of the Blue Lake in Cervinia are almost transparent, full of delicate and pastel tones, overexposed but without white areas lacking of details! A pleasant surprise (thanks to the limits of the exposure meter of the camera)!
However, why are the photos of the Matterhorn (Cervino) turned out dominantly red? Well, this is due to a bad bleaching process, that after many years has caused the presence of ‘hot’ dominance. Still, the photo is pleasant.
When exposed properly, the colors are vivid and balanced (below is a photo of the Viamala between Chur and Splugen, Switzerland)
The colors in the picture below of flowers are wonderful (despite the shift toward warm colors).
Here, you can see an Helvetian Alpine Lake. Please note the beautiful green tones of this slide! The Velvia 50 is great for naturalistic photos:
In a well done development process, the colors are quite neutral and pleasant, even in the presence of large clear zones, as in these two pictures taken in Marseille:
The trasparency effect is still impressive (maybe accentuated by my scanner Rolley DFS).
Even under conditions of high contrast, the Velvia 50 performs well, considering the limitations of the slide in terms of latitude of pose.
And when the weather is bad? Well, again the result is always quite similar to reality!
Have fun with this slide! A lomo-hug for you!