Fuji XE-1 Velvia

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South Shore Beach Sunset at Low Tide, Alameda, California (Fuji XE-1 Velvia mode)

South Shore Beach Sunset at Low Tide, Alameda, California (Fuji XE-1 Velvia mode)

For those who aren’t aware, Fuji Velvia was the slide film of choice for many landscape photographers throughout the 90’s until about the mid-2000’s when digital SLR’s started coming of age. Velvia was characterized by it’s super saturated colors along with contrasty highlights and inky black shadows (or lack thereof). It is only fitting that since Fuji now makes cameras, that they feature the ability to make images with film simulation settings named after their famous films such as Velvia, Provia, Astia, etc…

I made this photo at Alameda’s South Shore Beach last night with my Fuji XE-1 using the Velvia film simulation setting with no other processing in Photoshop or Lightroom other than converting it for web use. I didn’t use any GND filters, no tripod, nothing. This was purely a test. The Fuji XE-1 clearly has some impressive image quality just straight out of the camera.

See more of my San Francisco Bay Area pictures.


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2 thoughts

  1. Robert – there are exceptions but there’s no denying that the majority of Velvia users no longer shoot film these days. Large format as in your case is obviously one compelling reason to stick with it however.

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