3 – Riding in Velvia’s Rocket Ship – Image Repair Repost

This is the second post of these images, I couldn’t bear the first post. These do Velvia more justice.   Something was not right with my scans.  I think I had an exposure setting wrong.  These images are better.  It turns out the F6 meter did a better job than I thought and the film had a better ability to hold shadows and highlights.  Much better and true to what I saw.  I did not edit the images at all in software but for cropping out the black edges from most of the scans.  I am sorry to post so many images, but the colors are fantastic and it leaves me enthused.

An about face from pinhole. I shot this roll of Velvia 100 in mid-afternoon yesterday and used my Nikon F6 thinking its metering system would tame the beast. Velvia is a tempestuous film and shooting it is like strapping into an ignited Apollo rocket – a balls to the walls journey of intense color.

My initial scan and post suffered from the effects of film curl.  Most of these images are much sharper.   I don’t have any experience to speak of shooting slide film. It is a matter of choosing one’s poison within a composition containing large swaths of light and dark, understanding either shadows or highlights will be lost.  Unfurling the film from the reel and seeing the true colors of a positive image is intoxicating!

These images were shot in what was once the Kaiser Aluminum factory in my town.  My grandfather Antone deSousa emigrated to the US in 1919 from the Azores at the age of 16 He had one job in his life and it was in this wire production factory.  My grandfather’s nickname in the factory was “16”.  I learned at Christmas that Grampy’s given surname was Gomes and it was changed either voluntarily or involuntarily from immigration papers.

10 thoughts on “3 – Riding in Velvia’s Rocket Ship – Image Repair Repost

  1. Lou, these are great!! Makes me want to shoot color. Where did you get these developed? Last week at flea market I picked up 2 roll Kodak color expired… 1989…$1 each. I develop my own B&W would have no idea about color…


    • Thanks Andre. I developed at home using Tetenal E6 kit. It’s not hard to develop color. I use a cheap rotary processor for even development. If you look back over my posts here I put up a video of it. It cost about $80. I strongly recommend trying home development of C-41 film like Portra or Ektar first. Portra 400 in particular has huge latitude and can be overexposed to ridiculous levels and still produce pleasing images. I like to overexpose it, box speed and higher gets sort of muddy. The Tetenal C-41 kit is easy. Key is temperature control. Developer must be at 102. A few degrees either way is not a big deal. I sometimes start at 104 to account for cooling but it’s not necessary. Initial development time with fresh chemicals in developer is only 3.5 minutes. As the chemicals are used I increase development time by 15 seconds every 4 rolls or so. I wash the film after developer – this is not called for in the instructions. 4 or five inversions with 100 degree tap water is enough. Once I get the developer and blix to temperature I just remove the blix from the water bath as it has a range of 95-105 degrees. For your landscape shooting, Ektar is marvelous.

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    • Thank you so much. I am quite fearful of this film but in the spirit of trying new things in my second year I am trying to tackle the fear. A lot of the shots not posted were muddy and colors were not good, probably from scanning difficulties, film curl and improper exposure. From the bright mid day light holding detail in shadows was nigh on impossible. It comes down to either using the blacks or avoiding them altogether. I’ll keep trying and hopefully will get better.


    • Hi, I could not bear the original images, knew something was wrong. The negatives looked well exposed but the scans were muddy. Rescanned and much better I think. Thanks for your kind words….L.


  2. I’ve never seen such colors, but then I shoot mostly landscapes and not these bright scenes. Also not sure Velvia 50 behaves the same. Great Work and Developing!


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