Using Slide Film in Macau.

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Okay, so this is my second roll of slide film; the first roll was used in Taichung and when I got it back from the lab, I was incredibly confused. I was not sure what to feel about the photographs and told myself to reserve my opinions at least until I’ve tried another roll. To be honest, both rolls have not turned out the way I imagined them to at all – not even close. The slides are wonderful, they are the cutest things to squint at (it’s only unfortunate I do not have a projector at my disposal) but the scans are kind of terrible.

There are a few possible reasons I can think off the top of my head: lousy scanner at the lab, inaccurate settings on my cameras, nature of films I picked, limitations of cameras I used. I suppose I was expecting super rich, super realistic colors but both rolls I got back were actually just… dull. It adds to my confusion that after spending twice or thrice as much money on film and developing in E-6, I get results that make me only half or a quarter as happy as color negative films.

Please, if you have any experience in using slide film, positive or negative (pun unintended, haha!), do kindly share. I’m still trying really hard to wrap my head around the idea of slide film and deciding if it’s worth the splurge. In the mean time, here are some snippets of our short trip to Macau in December, the photographs will come in full swing in a while.

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18 comments on “Using Slide Film in Macau.

  1. I’m sorry to read you were disappointed once again by slide film. I have to say though that these photographs you’ve shared here look lovely to me.
    I do not normally use slide film, but last summer I happened to try out a Fujichrome Provia 100F and I’ve been very happy with what came out – though I normally get my rolls printed out and not scanned.

    1. Thank you so much, dear Polly, unfortunately in Taiwan we no longer have access to printing via slides/negatives (at least not easily, from what I know). Printing these days are also digital so the lab will scan the slides and then have them printed. I could try printing them in another lab though, one that has a better reputation for handling slides. :)

  2. Oh no now I’m scared, I just bought a whole bunch of slide film expecting crazy bright colours, eep! At least I’ll have perhaps slightly more realistic expectations now :) Despite the film not turning out how you expected I kind of really love the muted colours but yeah I never would of guessed it was slide film!

    1. Oh, I sure hope you get way better results than mine, Fiona! And you’re right, they are not too bad just completely not what I’d expected! :D

  3. I think maybe the quality of the developing liquids and the scanning interfere a lot in the results…Slide film is very very sensitive to exposure and it is important that the reading of the light is perfect.If they are out of date the colors may go wild crazy and you get completely weird colors and one tone pictures.

    Maybe also if you can get lucky to find a E6 kit developer in ebay it would be fun to learn or try to figure out if there are any schools there that teach and you can use the lab to develop yourself – slide developing is so much easier that color film.I have done it a lot and it was fun,sometimes i think i should go back to college so i could have access to the wonderful lab and material at our disposal.
    I wish i had a projector too and that developing it weren’t so expensive, i still have two rolls of slide from last year to do so…
    p.s love your pictures anyway <3

    1. Dear Sara, your suggestions are wonderful and I’ll need to check out the kind of classes available locally in Taipei. So glad to hear you say that developing slides is much easier than developing color film :)

      P.S. I have heard that you need to get the exposure correct which is why I used the Lomo LC-A+ which has a meter for exposure, perhaps I will try slide film with my Yashica rangefinder the next, it has an excellent meter. :)

  4. Basically I’m kinda repeating what Sara said, but according to the book “Film is not dead” when it comes to exposure, slide film is the least forgiving. You need to nail the exposure. The book also mentions that it can be hard to scan.

    I think I’ve shot two rolls of slide film and my experience is somewhat like yours. The small frames look awesome and so vibrant, but not really so on screen.

    Still though, the colours on those night shots rock.

    1. Thank you, Linus! I’m not sure how else to nail the exposure other than using cameras with meters but well, I’ve just got to keep trying! :D

      1. The previous mentioned book suggests using a grey card and a external light meter, but then the author seems to be on a different level than what we (I am making assumptions about you now ;) ) are at.

        So whenever I give slide film a go I usually just trust the built in light meters, trying to adjust for whatever quirks I know it have and try to measure at the proper spot.

        1. You made the correct assumptions :D Anyway, I’m a very lazy user of cameras, I really wouldn’t bother with anything other than camera and film!

  5. Well, you’re right, they don’t really look any different than some ordinary old colour negative film, but the shots are still great… as always. My favorite has to be the little temple-thing (the second last shot). It looks like clay to me, but whatever it is, I like it.

    By the way, I finally did a post on my first (in a long time) experience shooting film. I thought I’d share it with you since you’ve greatly inspired me to try it out again: http://wp.me/p2fKaT-jn

    1. I just checked out your photographs and totally fell in love! :) Such a shame the Xpro Chrome is no longer available, don’t you think? Anyway, the tiny temple is probably made out of cement, so clay is not too far off I guess, haha! That one is actually probably my favorite too.

  6. I’m scared of slides:-D. The slide works of my tutor were so so fine I was very much tempted to try it. Sadly,I’m still a chicken hehe.
    Besides, no shops develop slides in my town so that’s a good excuse for me :-D

    1. So if you were to try slides you’d have to take it to another town to develop? But that could be an excuse to go on a photo trip to another town… :D

  7. I love slide films, my favourite is Agfa CT Precisa, EB and EBX. What make me love it more is when it was crossed proccessed. Means here is that all my slide film was developed using other liquid instead of E6. The colour become more saturated and bold. Yes E6 i the liquid to develop slide films but it did not give the shot strong hue or colour. So try cross proccess it! Good luck!

    1. Thank you Leo Jack! :) I have cross-processed before and absolutely love the results – I was really just expecting a lot more from E6 developing! Thank you so much for your suggestion! :)

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