21st August 2003, 09:39 PM
I want greener greens!
I took some pictures along Kallang River, and the trees along the river, in the photos, weren't very green. Is this a film issue, or a hardware issue, or is my metering just off? I used Kodak MAX 400 and Fuji Superia Xtra 400. Both gave me pretty similar output.
Also, due to the river reflecting a lot of light I did a +0.5 EV compensation.
This was with my minolta kit lens, 28-80(F3.5-5.6) and 75-300 (F4.5-5.6), Dynax 5.
21st August 2003, 10:11 PM
usually colours look more saturated if they are underexposed slightly. In your case, my guess is that in the process of compensating for the reflective water, the trees are slightly overexposed, resulting in greens with less contrast and saturation. Can try metering off the trees, and do a -1/3EV. You may get overexposed highlights in the river though. Well it depends on which you think is more important in your picture.
btw, above purely my guess from your description. may not be correct.
21st August 2003, 10:18 PM
21st August 2003, 10:22 PM
Fuji Xtra 400 should be rather contrasty and saturated. What was the exact result you got? Diff shade from what you expected?
One thing to note might be the lighting conditions, if the trees are in harsh light, then they aren't likely to be green no matter what.
Did they look green to you in the first place?
21st August 2003, 10:23 PM
or for negative film, try Fuji Reala. Very saturated as well.
22nd August 2003, 02:37 AM
go for 400vc Kodak porta.......its a negative film......
22nd August 2003, 02:49 AM
I say use a graduated ND filter with the clear side alighted along the trees and meter for the trees :P
22nd August 2003, 05:14 PM
22nd August 2003, 05:19 PM
Heh, which means the trees weren't the desired shade/intensity of green to begin with.
22nd August 2003, 08:57 PM
Get a Cokin filter system, then can shift the filter to your desired position.
Originally Posted by alvin
23rd August 2003, 01:34 AM
actually in my opinion fuji superia xtra 400 should give you some very nice green results already. In my opnion(i might be wrong) if you dun get decent results, or even worst, you view the green as dirty green, changing to reala wouldn't produce a superby nice shades for you either.... or course reala is more saturated, but i dun think it would make a heaven n hell diff. if wat you seek for and wat you get is too far off, prehaps you should recap how the scene look like when you took the photo =p