This is the second post of these images, I couldn’t bear the first post. These do Velvia more justice. Something was not right with my scans. I think I had an exposure setting wrong. These images are better. It turns out the F6 meter did a better job than I thought and the film had a better ability to hold shadows and highlights. Much better and true to what I saw. I did not edit the images at all in software but for cropping out the black edges from most of the scans. I am sorry to post so many images, but the colors are fantastic and it leaves me enthused.
An about face from pinhole. I shot this roll of Velvia 100 in mid-afternoon yesterday and used my Nikon F6 thinking its metering system would tame the beast. Velvia is a tempestuous film and shooting it is like strapping into an ignited Apollo rocket – a balls to the walls journey of intense color.
My initial scan and post suffered from the effects of film curl. Most of these images are much sharper. I don’t have any experience to speak of shooting slide film. It is a matter of choosing one’s poison within a composition containing large swaths of light and dark, understanding either shadows or highlights will be lost. Unfurling the film from the reel and seeing the true colors of a positive image is intoxicating!
These images were shot in what was once the Kaiser Aluminum factory in my town. My grandfather Antone deSousa emigrated to the US in 1919 from the Azores at the age of 16 He had one job in his life and it was in this wire production factory. My grandfather’s nickname in the factory was “16”. I learned at Christmas that Grampy’s given surname was Gomes and it was changed either voluntarily or involuntarily from immigration papers.