52 Rolls Week 38:52

Scenes around the Boreas Pass Summit……The gravel road that follows the old railroad grade.  We start in Como at the Old Railroad Hotel, now a Bed & Breakfast:


Now we move on to a Film Comparison.  Our favorited Fuji Velvia 50 compared to Fujicolor Pro 400H.  After viewing I’ll let you decide which film I used for the Hotel.

First the Baker Tank, the only remaining water tank from the Old Railroad:

 Left: Fujicolor 400H; Right Fuji Velvia 50 (for all pairs)

Aspens along the Boreas Pass Road

What remains of the The Station at the Boreas Pass Summit (11,481 ft ; 3,499 m). Maintenance personnel and their families lived here year-round, to keep the Railroad operating.

I used both of my Mamiya 6X7, side by side.  The slight difference in perspective is due to using a 50mm lens on the Fujicolor camera and a 43mm lens on the Velvia camera.  I didn’t want to change lenses in such a wind swept and dusty environment.

I’m going to stick with my version of reality and continue to use Velvia 50 for my color work.  Although the Fujicolor was better to me, than Portra (which was designed for portraits, of course).  l’ll do a side by side of those sometime.  Maybe next spring for my flowers.  Right now we are chasing Fall across Colorado.  So I’ll stay with Velvia 50.

Tech info: Mamiya 6X7 (lenses as described above), Fujicolor Pro 400H (C-41), Fuji Velvia 50 (E-6).  Developed and scanned by Old School Photo Lab.

3 thoughts on “52 Rolls Week 38:52

  1. Great comparison. I like Pro400H although I find it has a purplish color cast sometimes, maybe it is my bad exposure or development. The colors pop with the Velvia like not tomorrow. I am skittish to use it due to its minimal exposure latitude. How do you successfully expose Velvia? Beautiful shots by the way.


  2. To answer you bot….First I’ve been shooting transparency film for my work as a field geologist since 1986. Yes you make a few mistakes in the beginning (i.e my volcano photos from the 80’s and 90’s here: http://myvintagecameras.blogspot.com/search/label/Volcanoes).

    But my much better Patagonia Photos from 2006. Too bad these Kodak films are no longer available: http://myvintagecameras.blogspot.com/search/label/Patagonia

    You have to figure out how accurate your camera meter is and then compensate if necessary and trust it. Then your metering will be spot on.

    Answer Part 2: It’s true that the Mamiya 7 is still manufactured. But looking towards a future when these cameras will no longer be available, we made the decision to have duplicates of all of our Mamiyas so we have an extra camera to cannibalize for parts if needed.


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