Velvia lives!

I've just done a few test shots with Velvia film emulation after applying the 1.10 update to the X100. It's good. Very good. It might even become my default setup.

When I first got the camera I tried Velvia and found it a bit too garish; Then I found I could do some slight processing in Aperture and get some really cool results with it… until I realized the blacks tended to sometimes get completely crushed.

Fuji says in its 1.10 release notes: "Image quality captured by Velvia / ASTIA mode is improved on mainly shadow tone (dark area), when dynamic range is set to 200% or 400%."

I set dynamic range to AUTO which probably explains why I wasn't always running into the problem.

The trick with this mode is to add contrast back with a strong S curve and lower saturation a tiny bit as it tends to create files that are very colourful but a bit flat overall. But the results are very different than using the default Provia — it really does feel like using a different film stock: skin tones are silkier and everything feels richer and… rounder if that makes any kind of sense.

Here's some of the shots:

Below is Provia as a comparison. It might not be super obvious from these web sized files but believe me, the difference is more than a placebo effect.

Equipment used:
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