Allt horn (Arkle)

Rock pools can be a nightmare with a 35mm film camera when using slide. If the rock pools are particularly sheltered on a very sunny day, there can be a 3 stop difference between the dark areas and the white highlights. So we sometimes end up with large black areas and burnt-out white areas all on the same film, and everything inbetween not even that well exposed either. This is particularly an issue if using high contrast film.

We used provia for the 35mm as it worked so well at River Lochay capturing the light of the early summer evening. It's generally considered a medium contrast film; not as contrasty as Astia but less contrasty than Velvia. Kodak E100GX seems quite a constrasty film here. When comparing the digital with the 35mm, the digital shots were far better and more consistently exposed. I like to think of digital as the equivalent to print film in terms of its exposure latitude and colour saturation.

The digital shots came out quite warm, possibly because of the Sigma lenses. And the 120 Hasselblad shots were also warm, also because of the use of Kodak E100GX. But then it was a warm and bright sunny day as well, so the shots are quite representive in that regard. The sky was always changing, sometimes there was a lot of cloud cover, other times mainly blue. This could lead to a less consistent look between the pictures, especially when considering that we had two different films and digital being used together.