Ektar is an excellent film, and records gentle subtleties very nicely. RA-4 papers of whats left are a bit heavy handed in the optical dark room, their contrast and saturation is high, so it's not a good combination with Ektar when you want gentle results, as there are no gentle papers left.
These RA-4 papers work well in lightjets and the such without needing a huge intensity range of the laser or LED etc to reach full black, and also because the printer is calibrate for WYSWIG from a calibrated monitor, so it can print any 'grade' it's fed.
Waterfall by athiril, on Flickr
Sunset #2 on Ektar by athiril, on Flickr
Sunset #1 on Ektar by athiril, on Flickr
My example above is exposed for the coloured area of the sky (reflective metered) for 100. This is a scan and I had to clip out all the sand detail and make it dark, as it was too fully detailed and I didn't like that, as otherwise it was too bland and distracting, even at this level of exposure it can record huge shadow detail.
I expose my Portra at box speed for excellent results in portraits, incident metered towards the key light.
If you want to use Ektar and portraits, I would recommend EI 50, incident metered towards the key light, to give +1 to skin tones.
Otherwise I promote box speed usage with incident metering of the key light, or reflective metering of sunsets, etc.
Underexposure causes blue results, especially with very cold lighting, it just compounds the fact
Cape Woolami #7 by athiril, on Flickr
Cape Woolami #8 by athiril, on Flickr
I exposed as long as I could, the light was just fading fast, and basically night by this point, I had tripod nestled/wedged in the rocks up there, supporting with hands, as I had climbed up those two rocks (it's quite high up) and had to climb down before absolutely pitch black, and tide was coming in beneath me.
I would pick Ektar over Reala. The last time I used Reala, I was kind of bewildered by how it turned out, it turned into a HDR-tonemapped looking image, at long exposure at night. Ektar and Portra are ideal companions for any situation practically speaking. These are the two films I cannot do without.
And lose the masking? No thanks! You might be able to dissolve the mask out though with a solvent anyway.
Originally Posted by wblynch
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