On Monday evening, I purchased a few boxes of large format Fuji Provia Slide Film. You can get a box of 20 4x5 slides for slightly less than $40, which works out to about $2 per sheet. Once you factor in the cost of $3 per sheet to develop, you know that each time you take a picture it costs you $5. This certainly slows you down and forces a more thoughtful process. I enjoy that and love how a 4x5 slide looks when you hold it up to a lightbox. When viewing slide film like this, you see it exactly as it looked when you pressed the shutter. It's obviously not a "negative" of the scene and you don't have to consider or correct any artifacts introduced by scanning.
And it simply glows in the light. When I looked at this slide on the lightbox at the lab I actually gasped. The colors were so vivid and perfect.
Since I don't have a light box, I tried to replicate the experience using the light from my comuter screen. It's not the same, but you can still get a sense of the color.
Here is the same slide scanned. You lose a little bit of the punch, but it still looks good. This was a 30 second exposure metered with incident metering and shot at f22. There are slight light trails from light traffic in front of the cafe and you can see that the people inside were moving and talking while the shutter was open. Remarkably, and I didn't notice this at the time, there is a woman in one of the upper windows sitting perfectly still for the entire 30 seconds. If you view this same photo in the original size on Flickr you can really see all the details. You can also see that I didn't clean the slide up after scanning.
and taken just a few moments earlier... I like the heavier light trails from the traffic in this one.
Right as dusk settled in I shot the blooming trees on Fifth Avenue just down the block from us. This was a 15 second exposure and there was a strong wind. You can see the blossoms moving in the wind.
These slides were shot with my Toyo 45AII 4x5 camera and Schneider f5.6 lens on Fuji Provia 100 slide film. It's going to be difficult to shoot anything but slide film with this camera during the next several months.