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    I done gone and did now...dang it!

    This is my first post (I think) in this section of APUG. I shoot 95% B&W, with some grocery store colour film for those "under the Christmas tree" type photos.
    I shot a roll of Velvia 50.
    I picked it up, and my wife and I looked at the results outside the store, in the mall.
    I went back in.
    I now have their last 30 rolls... (and one roll of the 100F, just to compare).

    I hope it keeps ok

    Peter.

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    Store it in zipper freezer bags, in the freezer, and take it out a few hours before you want to use it, and it'll be good several years past the expiration on the box.

    I've been avoiding trying slides again. I shot a few rolls of them long ago (so long ago, some were in 28x28 mm 126 format, and I last owned a camera for that film in 1982). These days, one roll with processing would break my film budget for a month or more. If I go there, next thing you know I'll be panhandling on freeway ramps with a sign "will work for film"... :o
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    I keep mine as Donald stated and it seems fine. I've got some 120 slide film that is 6 months or more out and it still looks good when developed. I shoot color from time to time, but I have to drive it into town (about 1:30 drive each way) so I find that I don't shoot a lot. There really is nothing, and I mean nothing, like viewing transparencies though. I do a lot of stereo work and a sterograph can't hold a candle to viewing stereo slides. They just look so vibrant!

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    I know what you mean Peter. I started using Kodaks E100GX and I just fell in love with the stuff. I don't know about Velvia 50, I figure sence it's not being made anymore I won't even try it. It's easier to quit an adiction if you never start in the first place.

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    Hi, well this is my first post on Apug! I shoot a lot of velvia and absolutely love the stuff. I store mine in the freezer to in freezer bags.

    Sandra

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    Sandra, welcome to APUG!

    Everyone, thanks for the advice - I feel better knowing that I won't have to speed-shoot the stuff! At my pace, 30 rolls should last me a while! Given what passes for "colour processing" nowdays, and that I do not have the facilities to do my own (yet), I am starting to feel that if need colour, I will turn to slides.
    While I am here, let me ask - what would be a good transparency film portraiture? I am not even looking for "realistic" rendition, frankly, if I could get that golden glowing vintage look, I would be very happy!

    Thanks again for the advice and listening to my rants and raves!

    Peter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Lofgreen
    I know what you mean Peter. I started using Kodaks E100GX and I just fell in love with the stuff. I don't know about Velvia 50, I figure sence it's not being made anymore I won't even try it. It's easier to quit an adiction if you never start in the first place.

    D.
    I've got a roll with your name on it if you want it, either 35mm or 120. Rember, the Velvia pushers always give you your first roll for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnashings
    Sandra, welcome to APUG!

    Everyone, thanks for the advice - I feel better knowing that I won't have to speed-shoot the stuff! At my pace, 30 rolls should last me a while! Given what passes for "colour processing" nowdays, and that I do not have the facilities to do my own (yet), I am starting to feel that if need colour, I will turn to slides.
    While I am here, let me ask - what would be a good transparency film portraiture? I am not even looking for "realistic" rendition, frankly, if I could get that golden glowing vintage look, I would be very happy!

    Thanks again for the advice and listening to my rants and raves!

    Peter.
    I have heard that provia is worth a try for saturated portraiture. I guess Velvia is garish and somewhat frighteining.

    I think that some of the Kodak stuff is really made for that purpose. Check out Ektachrome Plus (EPP). It is supposed to be just the thing. If you want a really saturated look, it might not be enough, I am not really sure about that.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I think this B&W die-hard may be...uhm...branching out... my poor wallet...

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    Hi, Peter, Velvia 50 is a wonderful tranny film for most purposes if you want highly contrast saturated pure, " in your face", colours, great for many type of work, but for portraits ( the majority of my work ) I prefer Fuji Astia F, because portraiture is what it was devised for , it produces pleasing and natural looking skin tones, and a gentle colour palate, combined with a lower level of contrast, try a roll , and compare them I think you'll see what I mean.
    Ben

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