View Full Version : Need low light/dusk film- color Transparency

21-Jan-2005, 09:51
I am an avid user of Provia 100F in all formats. I love the colors and the feel of the film. Unfortunately it totally fails in that time just after sunset when the light, coming from god knows where, makes some colors totally jump out. With provia I am getting an anoying color.-I'm a tad color blind so bear with me- I see a terrible blueish green color. SO...

I need a film that will hold colors true in these low light situations. What are people using in these just after sunset pictures?

tim atherton
21-Jan-2005, 10:15
try Astia 100F

I get a sense of that horrible bueish green underlying Provia even when it isn't shot in those conditions - I don't get any of that with Astia. Plus it has a bit more lattitude

Edward (Halifax,NS)
21-Jan-2005, 11:34
I guess I am the wrong person to ask because I use Provia 100F.

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Scott Fleming
21-Jan-2005, 11:47
I like Astia. Use it 80% of the time and I shoot more AFTER sunset than at or before. People rave about the color. I was scheduled to hang some prints in the local tourist center/coffee shop in February. I dropped by and showed some prints to the owner and he just raved. Took down the paintings he had up THAT day and hung nine of mine. While we were hanging them about ten people drifted in and out and every one of them marveled at the colors.

21-Jan-2005, 12:51

It shocked me when i first saw it.

Tim, Scott,

I will give the Astia a try.

Any other films other than fuji that can pull it off?

QT Luong
21-Jan-2005, 16:25
I'd have to agree that Provia is just yucky. I use only Astia in LF, but I've noticed on 35mm that EVS and Velvia are pretty good in those conditions.

Eric Leppanen
21-Jan-2005, 22:54
Provia 100F can work in open shade if you use a warming filter (Fuji recommends 81A; I've recently been using a Tiffen 812) to remove the sickly blue caste. If I have no other film with me, the warming filter usually gives acceptable results.

For alpenglow situations (right after sunset or right before sunrise) I usually use Velvia 50. Since contrast is usually low in such situations, high contrast Velvia can be used to add punch to the scene without worrying about blocked out shadow areas. Even Velvia often requires a warming filter in such circumstances.

For standard daylight shooting, though, I like Provia 100F since it offers a nice balance of enhanced color saturation and manageable contrast.

24-Jan-2005, 15:52
Thanks for the advice. Kind of interesting that there was no kodak films mentioned.