Fabulous Film Fridays, March 11 – Velvia and Vignettes

For this Fabulous Film Friday post, I decided to share some images made on Linny the Linhof.  We’re still stuck in the deep freeze more or less in Alberta, so it seems fitting to post some more frigid, blue snow scenes.  Or is that purple?  Velvia really returns a blue-violet cast on overcast winter scenes.  It’s pretty strong in the following two images, but I didn’t correct it as 1) that’s what the slide looked like and 2) I kinda like it!

Like the Holgas, the Linhof does not have a 100% accurate rangefinder so sometimes you can be surprised at where the edges of the image end up.  You can shoot a bit wider than you think and then crop in post-processing to adjust, which is what I think people did in the good ole days of darkroom work.  I did crop out the black edge of the slide for these shots but otherwise left the framing intact.  What do you think?  Do you hanker for the unique colouring of Velvia or are these hues just too much?

Another interesting quirk with Linny the Linhof is that the centre of the image is brighter than the edges.  This is a by-product of lens design, and apparently there are  centre spot filters you can buy that have a darker toned centre to combat this result.  I especially notice the bright centre when the image has an otherwise fairly even exposure.  I guess part of the fun of photography is learning the features and characteristics of each camera, even DSLRs.  With the film cameras though, the quirks seem more pronounced.

I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I can take out Tachihara Tim!

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~ by Samantha on March 11, 2011.

4 Responses to “Fabulous Film Fridays, March 11 – Velvia and Vignettes”

  1. […] week, Fabulous Film Friday’s is hosted over at Sam’s Rant where she talks about Velvia and Vignettes with a word about the famous magenta/purple cast with […]

  2. My Linhof used to do that too but not as pronounced an effect as in your photo above. You can think of the bright center spot this way. Many photographers spend a lot of time and money adding this effect to their digital pictures. You can do it in camera. 🙂

  3. Not all lenses for this camera require a center filter. Actually, the necessity for using one is more of an exception, than something normally used.

    The color cast also depends upon which Velvia you are using. I’ve found that the color change for Velvia 100 is much less pronounced than Velvia 50.

  4. actually, in the photos here, this is often the way I see it with the blue cast.The purple one of Banff Springs Hotel (I think that is the hotel) reminds me of old photos, gives a romantic feel to it.Maybe that is where the author got “purple mountain majesty” from.

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