Fuji Velvia 50 - reciprocity?

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by raymondc, May 7, 2016.

  1. I have only got my manual RB67 and started using a handheld light meter. I have shot Velvia with an automatic electronic Nikon as an amateur for some time but I have never wrote down my settings in a lot of detail. When we spot meter it depends where we aimed it and how much adjustments we applied. Also there is reciprocity - going by Fuji they claim that 4" will require some form of adjustments and I read that some people have not needed to do that until XX seconds.
    So can anyone tell me what you guys do at night photography with Velvia 50? I would probably need to waste some film to bracket and really write detailed notes and do long exposures with and without correcting reciprocity. Depending how it turns out maybe I would need to use Velvia 100 which Fuji says does not need adjustments until 60 seconds.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. david_henderson

    david_henderson www.photography001.com

    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/professional_films/pdf/velvia_50_datasheet.pdf
    If you link to the above you'll find Fuji's Velvia 50 data sheet which tells you what you want to know. Note two things
    As well as increasing exposure it recommends a light magenta filter to compensate for a colour shift to green on long exposure.
    They do not recommend using this film for exposures of more than 32 seconds. This is presumably because they consider the films exposure or colour response (or both) to be unpredictable beyond that point.
    Given that at night you won't be seeing much of the colour characteristic people associate with Velvia , and that its slow speed will exacerbate things like moving clouds etc, are yousure you're using the right film for night time application?
     
  3. I have the sheet printer. I was
    after people's experience. The
    only alternative slide is Provia.
    A lot of pro's used Velvia at
    night right and sunrise sunset
    twilight.
     
  4. Ken Rockwell's recently posted his cheat-sheet: http://www.kenrockwell.com/fuji/velvia-50.htm#reciprocity
     
  5. david_henderson

    david_henderson www.photography001.com

    OK if you want experience rather than information, I found the colours created by Velvia 50 pre-dawn and post sunset to be so unpredictable and sometimes downright unpleasant that I stopped using it (in favour of Provia) at those times and wouldn't use Velvia unless there was enough sun to light at least part of the scene. May be better if you scan slides.
     
  6. Velvia is an awesome film, so much so I hope its here for us forever, but for how well Velvia does what it does, its necessary to know and accept what it doesn't do. So I use it for the landscape in daylight and move on.
     
  7. Some years ago, I did moonlight photography with Ektachrome 200, maybe about 10 minutes.
    That is, lit by a full moon. I think I also tried 45 minutes with Ektachrome 64.
    I don't remember a problem with the colors. Never tried with Fuji films.
     
  8. Velvia 100? 60sec without
    reciprocity.
     

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