Another positive film experience

A few weeks ago I tried shooting colour slide film for the first time in many years and was really impressed with the results. Well, last week we had a really bright sunny autumn day and I thought it would be great to try to capture some of the brilliant autumnal colours on slide film.


These pictures can also be viewed in full size here.

The film I used was Agfa CT Precisa 100 which I had loaded in my Minolta Dynax 5. I had taken the camera to CenterParcs when we visited in August and I’d only taken about 12 pictures, so I  took a walk around the bright orange and red trees in the local area, and shot them using aperture priority on the camera. The Dynax 5 sets the film speed from the DX coding on the film canister, and I didn’t alter that speed at all, letting the camera judge the correct exposure at the box speed of 100 ASA.

I received the film back from the processing lab a couple of days ago, and scanned these pictures at 3200 dpi on my Epson V550 perfection scanner. I left switched off all the scanner software options to ‘automatically correct’ exposure and colour balance etc, importing the TIFF files directly into Lightroom where all I needed to do was slightly pull back the highlight slider and apply a bit of sharpening.

As with the last colour slide film I took I’m impressed with the clarity, colour and definition of these pictures – there is still something about film that has a quality that it is very difficult to capture with a digital camera. Digital images would, without doubt, be better technically on every level – but they wouldn’t have the same ‘look’.

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  • Really nice images, you’re right there is still something about film that is very difficult to capture in digital and these images show that. The colours are exactly right, on a digital image they just wouldn’t look correct but with film they just do.

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  • zoran vaskic

    ‘…better technically on every level-but they wouldn’t have the same look.’ I know what you mean. On the other hand there are situations where film is hands down better looking technical or not. Digital has its place where it shines and does things film cannot do and its amazing and only digital could produce certain types of images. But then there are certain types of imagery only film – so far anyway – can produce. Whether its the attraction of nostalgia or not – and I think it is partly nostalgia, but the other part is truly beautiful imagery – if asked to say what I am most drawn to it would be certain types of film imagery that seems to have a greater depth and richness to the image and its colours. Digital seems to have too much pop with its colours at times and the technical efficiency seems too much at times. However I’m very thankful we have digital, and I wish the photography lords of all the major companies would play by the rule of valuing aesthetics over the bottom line of sales and then there would be no separating digital away from film and films and film cameras would continue to be produced with no fear of losing any of it. There is no reason to leave film in the dust except for the fact that those who make the stuff we buy are governed by how much money they are making or can make. I cant blame business for having this position, its a necessity for survival. Its unfortunate that the world has to run this way,so that then something beautiful like film and film cameras have become endangered species

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