I have only used Ektar 100 on a cloudy day and I thought it was very good. I will have to give it a go on a bright day to see what it is like.
Originally Posted by rawhead
Did you rate it at ISO 100? Quite a few reports suggest it works better at EI 80 or even 64. Not sure if that will change its rendition of a blue sky though.
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
I LOVE Reala, and thus far have had only mixed results with Ektar. If the day isn't too bright I'd also suggest 400UC but...well, difficult to find.
Well, I'm off to Algonquin Park in 2 week ends for 4 days of shooting with a few other apug and general photogrpahy pals.
For 35mm I have packed 5 rolls of Provia, 4 rolls of Ektachome GX, and 2 rolls of Ektachrome VS for E-6 and a grab bag of 2 Agfa Optima II , and 2 - Fiji NPZ for circumtances where E-6 might not work out well, like if I get a too contrasty or too dull day. I am hoping to expose mostly chromes.
For 120 I am taking 3 rolls of Provia and 4 rolls of EPP, and maybe a few rolls of 100SW, if I can find them amonst all of the food that is presently packed, having harveseted most of my vegetable garden by now. For c-41 I have packed 10 rols of Fuji NPC, 5 rolls of Kodak Portra, and 1 roll of Fuji NPL which I may use if we get a desire to get natural neutral colours in a strong orange sunset situation.
I have not decided if I want to take any e-6 film for 4x5 work; I can't scan them at present, and I am still tweaking my e-6 processing, so I think that I will keep e-6 contstrainted to other than sheet film types.
Hopefully, the weather is good, and the leaf conditions peak, and I have a great shooting extra long weekend. Nothing suck worse than coming back from a planned photo outing with lots of unexposed film still in the camera bags.
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Kodak E100GX is perfect for fall colors IMHO, but it was just discontinued. E100G is also excellent, just a little cooler balance and would be my recommendation. E100VS is warmer balanced, but higher contrast. In the right setting it could work really well.
That said, I've shot fall color on Provia 100F and Astia 100F too. I think Astia does a nice job with the yellow leaves, but the blue sky is not its strength. Provia has a slightly cool look to it.
I also find the new Ektar to be a little weird. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but red/orange look a little strange and blue tends toward an electric cyan. I've used Portra 160 NC, VC and Pro160S with fall colors with success.
I'm planning to shoot this fall on 4X5 E100G, E100VS, Portra 160VC and E100GX on 35mm (I have a stockpile).
I'd still shoot Kodachrome. As you say, Kodachrome's reds, oranges, and yellows make it one of the best choices out there for fall colors. Also, if you are shooting fall colors at high altitude (like California's Eastern Sierra or the Colorado Rockies), Kodachrome gives a REALLY nice dark, navy blue sky like no other film can. This makes a most excellent backdrop to the mountains and changing leaves.
Originally Posted by nickrapak
Aesthetic qualities aside, I can think of one more reason to shoot Kodachrome rather than something else. Velvia, Provia, Ektar, Portra, and all those other E6 and C41 films will most likely be around in a couple of years. Kodachrome WON'T. If you don't shoot it this fall or next, you will NEVER be able to shoot the fall colors with it. And, if anything, it will probably be harder to get a year from now. So shoot it now while you still have the chance.
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Absolutely right. "Use it or lose it". If you've got Kodachrome shoot it while you still can.
Originally Posted by StorminMatt
Reala + redhancer filter or Velvia 100 + redhancer