Is there a good film for night shootings ? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread


I'm starting to do night shots about architecture in particular. I use ( most of the time 100 ISO chrome films ) and long time exposures, from 10 sec. to 5 minutes...

What about reciprocity failure ?

Thank you to all of you for their helful contributions !


Bruce Barelly - France

-- Bruce Barelly (, April 23, 2001


Acording to Fuji, Astia needs no reciprocity correction for exposures up to 32 seconds.

-- fw (, April 23, 2001.

Both Ektachrome EPN and Fuji Astia are good chrome films for night work. They avoid the green cast so many films have and work well for exposures to 8 hours without many problems. Astia is a bit finer grained if that is a consideration.

-- Dan Smith (, April 23, 2001.

Hi Bruce

Check out the Fujichrome RTP 2 T 64 ASA. He brings the colors not so warm like the others, because he is a tungsten version. He is specially made for long time exposing! If you meter reads for example 60 seconds just go for 120 seconds! It will make you happy! Good light!

-- Armin Seeholzer (, April 24, 2001.

Absolutely argee with Armin. Fuji RTP II is a very good chrome for night shooting. Expired film is even better. It makes blue bluer, and yellow reddish warmer. I rate the film at 40.

-- Geoffrey Chen (DB45TEK@AOL.COM), April 24, 2001.

Thank you so much guys for your wise advices !

By the way, why Astia in particular rather than Provia 100F or Velvia...? I use sometimes E 100 S, and I think it's great ! I also enjoy a lot all kind of casts caused by urban lightings...

-- Bruce Barelly (, April 25, 2001.

Ca va, Bruce the biggest problems in nights shoot ist the colour balance of the lights. The street candelabers have mostly a source of light, that is made for low energy consumption. The disadvantage of these metal(mercurey, sodium etc)-high pressure-lamps: It's not a clean photographic light: The colour temperature is not balanced, the difference between a new and a old one is queit big, and worse: the R.A-values, which means the way this lights reacts on colors is in the lowest possible cathegory.( ca 50 -60 when 100 = best, and Fl's go from 80 - 95 !!) When I'm asked to really control these settings, I use the negativ films, in that way, I still can balance the colour when scanning. And the exposure is not as critical as using slides, as the neg.films are not as contrasty as the transpierences. I'm not using very much, but here the advantages are obvious. Bonne nuit, montespluga

-- montespluga (, April 26, 2001.


What is your opinino about Kodak EPR 64 for night shotings ?

People said good things about Astia, EPN and tungsten films...what about VELVIA ???



-- Bruce Barelly (, April 29, 2001.

By the way, what about infrared films.

Thanx ! : ))


-- Bruce Barelly (, April 29, 2001.

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