Pulled Velvia: How to expose?

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As in the previous thread mentioning that Velvia can be pushed, It can also be pull processed. I have tried to keep the contrast lower by exposing it at 20 ASA, and sending it for pull processing, but the results where underexposed (not sure the lab did the best job though). How do you rate the film when exposing it that way? Do you expose for the highlights or the shadows? I also have heard of difficulties to get consistant results from the labs who treat mainly Kodak films. Any experience?

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@smile.ch), August 13, 2000


Many people rate Velvia at a 40 ISO speed and then process it normally. This will reduce contrast a bit, and you will not incur any added processing costs.

-- Robert Pellegrino (bob.pellegrino@juno.com), August 13, 2000.


I expose Velvia at ISO 50, and like the results. Depends on your meter's calibration, too.

With respect to a lab, I strongly suggest that you develop a relationship with a local professional lab, assuming that one is available. They'll provide consistent processing, and you can then tune your exposures to their processing and get the results that you want. If you don't have a local lab, check out the Photo Source on PDN Online (www.pdn-pix.com).


-- Bruce M. Herman (bherman@gci.net), August 13, 2000.

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