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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Thank you!

    My choices in Kodak are Ektar 100, Portra 160 and Portra 400. In Fujifilm they have Acros 100, Pro 160NS, Pro 400H, and Provia 100F. I don't really care if its a positive or negative film.

    What I'm getting from this is Portra, or over-expose Provia. Any preference in the Portra between 400 and 160?

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    I am looking for the same thing in a film that you are. I don't have any personal Portra experience yet, having just started shooting color a few weeks ago--but before I did, I looked at a LOT of photos on the web, and it was definite that 160 is the more pastel version, so that's the one I'm trying now. I have high hopes for this project since I don't like color in general. I did buy a couple of rolls each of all of the Portras, just to test (the advantages of shooting 35mm!) and a processing kit. When/if I figure this out to my satisfaction, then I'll try it in 4x5.

    Take a look at Alec Soth's work--I think he mostly uses Porta 160, in 6x7 format. That's the quality of color I'm looking for.

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    I'd say Astia if you want slides, Portra if not.
    Thanks for your suggestion .

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Portra 160 (developed in c41 of course)
    You can always boost the contrast or compromise the dynamic range after scanning if you want.

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Thanks JP. Portra 160 is what I ended up buying. Now I'm getting used to shooting 6x7 on the 4x5.

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    I will want to hear how that goes. I did it years ago, in a technical situation, but a recent camera buy brought me a Calumet CN back in the package, so I'm curious to try it again for real photography. What camera/situation are you using it in?

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Quote Originally Posted by David Lobato View Post
    ...try Provia with a 1/3 to 1/2 stop over exposure to soften color saturation...
    Would you tell the lab to "pull" it or just develop it normally? I have under-exposed/push-processed E6 a fair amount, but never over-exposed it...at least not on purpose.

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    Re: What is the opposite of Velvia 50

    Just saw this Michael. I bought a Calumet roll film holder just so I could shoot color on all my 4x5s, only some of which have a Graflok back. I shoot color relatively rarely, but some subjects demand it. I used to carry ten holders, with two loaded with color, and use those when I needed to, but now I will carry that roll film holder instead. I'll probably leave it at home when I am travelling light, as it is heavy as hell.

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