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5 Frames with FujiFilm Provia 100f, My First Roll of Slide Film – by Simon King

I genuinely wasn’t sure what to expect from slide film. I bought a few rolls in anticipation of shooting the new Ektachrome, wanting to get used to the process of shooting an E6 emulsion. I went into this first roll with no expectations, and only the knowledge that I needed to nail my exposure. When I received the mounted slides back I was incredibly reassured as I looked at the images on my light-table. I feel like slide film might be my go-to for bright conditions, as the colours, clarity, and sharpness are all absolutely excellent.

I shot these images with my Konica Hexar RF and various lenses, including the 7artisans 50mm f/1.1, Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2, and Leica 90mm APO. The Hexar RF has a very similar centre weighted metering system to my M10 and M240, which made exposing these scenes quite easy. I trust the meter, and was lucky to be working with some very evenly lit scenarios for these images. I tend to expose for the shadows of a scene when shooting film, but with slide film I wanted to make sure that my highlights were correct, so I erred on the side of the highlights and midtones for each exposure.

Brighton, 2018

London, 2018

Brighton, 2018

Brighton, 2018

London, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my work. If you’ve enjoyed these slides you might enjoy more of my photography, which can be seen over on my Instagram.

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    February 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I really like the last two pictures! I’m currently trying my hand with some Provia 100F, I’m shooting it in a Zeiss Nettar as I’m hoping to get some lovely 6×6 negatives back. Then ill try and find a way to mount them on the wall, maybe a battery powered light box? Are you happy your negatives came mounted? These days that seems kind of an anachronism considering slide projectors are quite hard to come by?

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      February 12, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Glad you enjoy my work! Good luck with your own 100f πŸ™‚ the light box idea for mounting sounds awesome! I specifically got my frames mounted so they would be easier to store and scan. I’ll be trying some projection ideas with my original slides in upcoming galleries – you’re right it’s an anachronism, but it’s something I’d like to try!

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    Graham Line
    April 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    It’s a shame you probably won’t have a chance to experience Fuji’s short-lived Provia 400X, which was every bit as sharp as 100 and gave a useful speed increase. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/718401997/in/photolist-26tZTr-26tZTk-26tZU2

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