I was preparing an image from Yellowstone National Park for a client when I came across an old image I had sort of forgotten about from the “old days” of slide film.

Some look back at the film era as the  “good old days.” Not me. Slide film was a pain in the ass even then and I don’t miss it at all. When I switched to digital, I looked at the big stash of slide film in my freezer and said “Adios. Hasta la vista. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split ‘ya.”  (That’s right, you used to freeze the slide film to make it last longer before it went all funny).

Looking back at old slides now is odd. It is still neat to see the images on a lightbox, but they are hard to scan, there is not as much tonal range as in a digital raw file, and the colors often shift in funny ways, especially in the shadows. That is especially true for the really vibrant slide films like Fuji Velvia and Kodak 100VS. Medium format slides are better than 35mm, but even so, I still much prefer digital.

This image below is one that absolutely pressed the edges of what my slide film could capture (in this case, Fuji Velvia). Knowing that, I carefully placed the rising sun into the thick mist of Old Faithful and hoped the film could hold a decent balance of highlights and shadows. It turned out ok, I think.

Old Faithful at sunrise, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Old Faithful at sunrise, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. Fuji Velvia.