Fuji Astia 100, 07 March 2011

2011/03/08

As mentioned in my previous post regarding the problems I encountered with Fuji’s Velvia 50, I shot two other rolls of Fuji slide films, Astia 100 and Provia 100; the photo below is an example of the Astia 100 formulation.

Hass500CM CHI Astia100 SearsTower 02B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 Distagon [1][2]
Film: Fuji Fujichrome Astia 100 (120)

Now, I know what you’re thinking…those colors can’t be right, can they? Actually, it seems that all of Fuji’s color-reversal [3] films render color with fairly high saturation levels. For now, you’ll have to take my word that Astia skews a bit into the red spectrum; I shot this photo on one of the rare winter days when the Sun was out in full, so the sky ended up being a rather intense shade of blue. If you look at the building on the left-hand side, you can see some red-skewed tones, but overall, it’s quite subdued in this photo.

Oh, and in case you don’t recognize the subject of this photo, it’s the Sears Tower [4] in the western edge of the Chicago Loop. [5] Nice, ain’t it?

Enjoy.

Notes:

[1]: I’m sure there’s a reason that Carl Zeiss lenses have names like this, but I have no idea what it means. Zeiss being a German company, I’m sure there’s some significance to the term, but I can’t find it…and Google Translate doesn’t seem to know what it means, either.

[2]: I should also mention that one of the things I love about this lens is how well-designed the optics are…just look at this photo! 50mm on a medium-format camera is a wide-angle lens, but the photo is quite devoid of the typical optical distortions one would expect to see from a wide-angle lens. Oh, there’s some distortion, but it isn’t particularly noticeable. I suppose those Germans know what they’re doing!

[3]: I’ve mentioned this before (a long time ago, I think): color-reversal films render positive images, rather than negatives once they’re processed. Typically, 35mm frames are mounted into slides, though color-reversal films are available in formats up to 8×10; even today, these films are sometimes preferred to digital cameras for archival purposes – the slide formulations are proven to be stable under archival conditions for decades.

[4]: Yes, it’s the Sears Tower. If you refer to it by any other name, we will be enemies forever.

[5]: This is the local name for the central part of downtown Chicago – the area is defined by the loop of elevated rail lines in downtown (hence, the name – creative, ain’t it?)

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