Fujifilm Velvia

I will not add to the weight of Fuji X100s reviews on the Internet – other people are much better qualified, suffice to say, I think it is a wonderful camera. The retro look and controls remind me of using my Dad’s Werra and just to complete the nostalgia trip, it nestles in a brown leather case (£16 from Amazon, not the £70+ Fuji version!).  Excellent results are very easy to achieve from a great sensor and lens and, as one of the online reviews says, it sees in the dark.

I am not entirely sure why I do this other than to see instant results – the camera has seven custom settings for commonly encountered situations.  I tend to shoot in black & white with a virtual red filter or, as in these examples, in Fujifilm Velvia simulation mode. All of these images are straight from the camera – the only Photoshop CC adjustment has been to add a pencil-line border and watermark. They were all shot 1/3 under-exposed at ISO 400.

The name Velvia is a contraction of “Velvet Media” and refers to its smooth image structure. It is known for its extremely high level of colour saturation and image quality. I think under-exposing the simulation has over-egged the saturation – another time I would opt to over-expose. Given that most of this could have been achieved post-processing I am not sure of the advantages of simulating in the camera – except – would I have arrived at the images in the previous post without starting from here.

Langdale Little Langdale Tarn Path to Slater's Bridge Slater's Bridge Slater's BridgeElterwater

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  1. meticulousmick · January 28, 2014

    I can feel the damp and smell the wet from here Robin. MM ☔️

    • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2014

      I felt it mostly in my feet 🙂 I really like your icons – shame they only show up on my iPod 😦

  2. suej · January 28, 2014

    What larks! Virtual Velvia….I used to shoot Velvia for a while in the days of film. Whatever, I digress, these are great shots, and I too can smell the damp 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2014

      Many thanks Sue – Larks indeed – there are nine others 🙂

      • suej · January 28, 2014

        Nine other posts?

      • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2014

        That would be over-egging it : -) ……nine other film types.

  3. harrienijland · January 28, 2014

    If these are straight from the camera, you only have to easy-down the saturation a little, and ready you are. They are razor sharp and have a lot of detail. And well composed!!

    • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2014

      Thanks Harrie – I was tempted to fiddle but for once I resisted 🙂 It is a fabulous lens.

  4. Livonne · January 28, 2014

    beautiful photos..

  5. Cate Franklyn · January 29, 2014

    These shots are just lovely and they look as if they had been shot with Fuji Chrome Velvia slide film, which I used waaaaay back in my non-digital days.

    • northumbrianlight · January 29, 2014

      Many thanks Cate – it does take you back doesn’t it – even more so if you use the retro X100s (I sound like I work for Fuji sales – I don’t 🙂 )

  6. LaVagabonde · January 29, 2014

    Really beautiful effect. My favorite is the first one. I’ve got some of these settings on my camera but have never used them. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

    • northumbrianlight · January 29, 2014

      Many thanks – I guess there are some advantages in letting the camera do the job as opposed to post-processing. I am not sure I would find the right combination of Photoshop tweaks to arrive at the same effect (more than over-saturating I think). Anyway, a long-winded way of saying it is worth giving it a go 🙂

  7. Mélanie · January 29, 2014

    HL=huge like for these wonderful colors… 🙂 good luck in all your endeavours, have a sunny day like here and thanx for stopping by my crossroads! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 29, 2014

      Likewise Mélanie – I am envious – just more rain and very cold up here 😦

  8. Meanderer · January 29, 2014

    Sumptuous and wonderful. My other half has some old film cameras. These images make me want to have a go at using them ……..

    • northumbrianlight · January 29, 2014

      Thank you. I would find a digital camera with Velvia simulation – so much easier 🙂

  9. safia · January 29, 2014

    Fantastic – these are my kind of landscapes -water, mist, bare trees – bliss.

    • northumbrianlight · January 29, 2014

      Thanks Safia – mine too usually except we have suffered an excess of mist and rain recently – a bit of sun would make a welcome change 🙂

  10. Photography Journal Blog · January 29, 2014

    I particularly like the fourth one…

  11. restlessjo · January 30, 2014

    Can’t do the technical stuff but these are absolutely beautiful, atmosphere laden shots, Robin 🙂

  12. lavendermoongirlblog · January 30, 2014

    Wonderful photography.

  13. bentehaarstad · February 4, 2014

    Wonderful colours in this landscape.

  14. littledogslaughed · February 6, 2014

    Wow! The color in the images is wonderful-lveoly shots all!

    • littledogslaughed · February 6, 2014

      That would be *lovely* I had a bit of help from a dog-

    • northumbrianlight · February 6, 2014

      Many thanks – lveoly is just fine, if not better. I am bilingual – I do dogspeak as well 🙂

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