Film Photography

Autumn on Fujifilm Velvia 50

I want to shoot slide film in the autumn, to capture all the color. You’d think I’d also want to shoot slide film in the spring, which is equally colorful. But no. In my mind, slide film is for autumn.


This slide film was a gift from Marcus Peddle, who sent it all the way from Korea. He sent me four rolls; I shot two of them this time. Thanks Marcus! It’s Fujifilm Velvia 50 in 120, so I put it into my Yashica-12.


I shot mostly around the house and along Zionsville’s Main Street, although I did shoot a little in Indianapolis, which I’ll share in a later post.

Red flowers

Downtown Zionsville is such a rich photography environment. We won’t live here forever — Zionsville is nice and all, but I miss Indianapolis a lot. After we move, though, I will miss being able to quickly pop downtown for some photography.


I’ve shot the Yashica-12 a lot in the last year or so, and I’m getting much better at using the grid on the focusing screen to make my subject straight.

Black Dog Books

In “the village” (as we call Zionsville within its original town limits), people take holidays seriously. Many homes decorate extensively.

Decorated for autumn

The Main Street shops place season-appropriate stuff on the sidewalk. For this photo I should have chosen a narrower aperture and a slower shutter speed to get more depth of field.

Autumn flower boxes

I got the focus right on this one, and I love the shadow play.

Decorated for autumn

This florist could have done more to decorate the front of this shop, but the pastel color of the window frames and door often make me stop for a photograph.

Flower shop

Closer to home, the trees along the back entrance to my subdivision were just starting to change when I made this. As I write this, every tree is ablaze with red, yellow, and orange. But I wrote this on the day before Halloween. By the day this post publishes, most of these leaves will have fallen.

No outlet

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34 thoughts on “Autumn on Fujifilm Velvia 50

  1. kennethwajda says:

    Nice fall colors, Jim. I grew up in Philly so I knew them well, but in Colorado, we mostly have yellow aspens. Glad to see the reds, especially on Velvia!

  2. Dan Cluley says:

    These look really nice.

    I recall seeing Velvia in the ’90s and the color was just way too much. I wonder if the film has changed or my tastes?

  3. Andy Umbo says:

    Gotta Love That Velvia 50! You know, when they introduced it, it was a “no go” for pros trying to do catalog work with clothing colors to match, and face tones to be perfect; but for everything else, it was really a great “sell-through” for Fuji! Every landscape photographer I knew ate it up! You can see it wasn’t much of a jump for the “juiced” colors of the smart phone camera algorithms!

  4. Hi Jim,

    The Velvia 50 really made the colours pop and I wish I had had your photographic wisdom. My neighbourhood had a good combination of yellow, orange and red. I have a 36 exposure roll of 35mm Velvia 100 that I completely forgot about until your post.

    I did however explore the sugar maple tree in my yard with the Velvia film simulation on my Fuji X-T2.

    • I sent these two rolls to Fulltone Photo, I usually use Dwayne’s, but Fulltone charges less, so I gave them a tumble. My only disappointment with their service is that the scans are only 1024px square. Dwayne’s scans are about twice as large.

    • It’s expensive, and it requires accurate metering, but you get such gorgeous results. The processed film strips, the transparencies themselves, are quite breathtaking to view.

  5. It has been such long time since I used color slide film that I had forgotten about the details of processing. It was easy back then to get quick local processing and mounting the positives in projector-ready cardboard frames was routine. Viewing and editing the slides was easy with a little hand-held viewer which provided a nice, bright depiction. I also had a compact Leitz projector; I never subjected others to the dreaded vacation slide shows, but it was a great way to look at the images. Big name photographers did do slide presentations of their work to large audiences, and I recall attending several of those at the MOMA in NYC. Print publication editors liked the slide format as it gave a quick and easy way to evaluate photos, though that also placed a premium on getting the composition perfect right from the camera.
    I still use the Epson 2450 flatbed scanner from those days; it has three negative carriers, including one for mounted slides.

    • I have a hand-held viewer here, it was my wife’s mother’s. She shot a lot of slide film in her Kodak Pony 828 (which my wife has) and in at least one 35mm camera (lost) from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, mostly Kodachrome.

      I had an old Kodak projector for a while. It had a two-slide tray that you passed through the projector in front of the bulb. I used it to display some of my mother-in-law’s Kodachromes and they looked fabulous.

  6. Oliver says:

    I have a theory, and I’m sure you will concur, that cameras loaded with expensive colour film, Velvia 50 in this example, are (more often) pointed at beautiful things (or people). Beautiful pictures, great film, a nice combination!

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