I've noticed for a long time that many film photos on flickr look underexposed and bland in color. Even shots on Velvia look like this. Take a look at flickr. I can almost guarantee that if you search for any film and view the photo results, you'll see lots of images with low color saturation and nearly transparent shadows.

As a traditionalist, I learned not to underexpose negative film, and I've learned to dislike the smokey look that doing so creates.

I don't get it. Is this some sort of new "look" or trend? Or are people just using a lot of expired film? It's certainly not an accurate representation of the films in most cases.

And yes, my monitor is set properly. Don't get me wrong. Not every photo looks that way. But many do.