Quote Originally Posted by Tom Duffy
...you still have to get your exposure exactly right, something you don't have to do with negative film.
Speak for yourself. If I want truly beautiful prints, I expose them perfectly, whether reversal film or not. Color or black and white.

But, I guess for the sake of convenience, the best bet for the trip would be Portra 400 NC, as the VC is shorter scaled and contrastier. The color balance is also a little too vivid. You could crank that up in the printing, if necessary.

Another advantage to transparency film is that it responds well to zone system controls, whereas negative color film simply develops to completion and that's it. I can expose EPY for the shadows and develop for the highlights. With negative film, I can only expose for the skin tones and hope for the best at either end. (Most of any color photography I do is of people.)