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    Color Film Recommendations for High Contrast Light

    I will be going to Montana soon (not to be a dental floss tycoon) and will doing mostly mid day shooting in the mountains. I'm looking for a film recommendation to try and manage the high contrast wide latitude situations that usually arise. If it's cloudy and dull Velvia would be my first choice but for harsh sunlight what do you suggest? Shooting 35mm manual camera so any bracketing for scans and HDR would be difficult.

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    If you want to shoot slide film in hard light, try Fuji Astia 100F.
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    Kodak Portra 160NC, Fuji Pro 160S, Porta 160VC, Fuji Reala, Kodak HD400 would be my top choices in that order. All are preferable to any slide film I've used in tough light.

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    Kodak EPN or e200 if you can find it.

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    For landscapes [mountians, lakes, snow on the mountians] I recommend Kodak UC 400 for 35mm.

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    Wow, quick responses, very nice community!

    I was leaning toward negative film for the exposure latitude and easy highlight roll off. I'll take some slide film if the weather socks in but I usually run into to much contrast and harsh light when I can't plan to be out at the good hours.

    I was considering the Porta(s) but hadn't had any experience with them. I've shot 400UC and lots of Reala both good films but was looking to try something different.

    Really appreciate the feedback

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    Try Portra 400NC, that's what it's made for:



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    I'd take a variety of negative films if you are looking to make RA prints from compositions with a wide luminance range. I'd probably bring 400NC and 400VC for sure, and possibly Portra 800 and 160NC.
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    for neg film any of the NC's or Reala would be my choice.

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    High contrast?

    In my experience, mid-day summer light is low contrast, not high. While Velvia/Crayola turns me off, I'd suggest Provia rather than Astia for these conditions.

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