Last weekend I took a 36-hour trip to Portland, Maine. I didn't really have anything in mind except checking out the Old Port section by the docks and maybe visiting a light house. I had a few rolls of slide film with me, including a roll of Fuji's discontinued Astia 100 slide film, and a roll of Fuji Acros 100 black and white film.
I recall liking Astia a great deal, but not as much as I like Fuji Provia or Kodak Extachrome. I think Astia is (was) like Kodachrome to me - better in theory than in practice. Kodachrome was a great all purpose slide film, but it was also a bit finicky depending on the light you had. Astia is fantastic for portraits and brightly lit subjects where you don't want that super-saturated slide film look, but terrible when the light starts to fade.
Last weekend, I tried to shoot the Astia roll before the sunset, but a few of my shots (including the one below) were taken after the light had disappeared. Astia also has a weird color shift that I never get with Provia.
This photo is underexposed and a bit muddy when you look at it up close. I do like the colors though.
I'll post some Fuji Provia (and maybe Astia for comparison) tomorrow or Friday.