Streets in Velvia

A few weeks ago I dove into my Fujifilm camera settings again, played around with some presets and stuck with the Velvia.

I like the vibrant colours that it produces along with the high contrast to separate the subjects. Deep dark shadows work well and I can get the needed result with minimum editing afterwards. I shoot with the LCD screen so I can immediately see what’s in front and If I need to tweak the shutter speed or exposure.

The images below are from the last photo walk in Montpellier, France.












Thank you for visiting and what is your favourite preset to use at the moment? Let me know in the comments! Till next time


26 comments on “Streets in Velvia

  1. Striking photos, I especially like the sharp contrast between light and shadow. Also, great capture on the first photo with both pedestrians matching stride, one in light, and one in shadow.

    • Thanks a lot Michael. For the first photo the initial idea was to capture someone in the centre of the triangle created by deep shadows but only after uploading the image I have noticed that I got them both with identical movement. Luck is part of photography 😉

  2. The third, fourth and fifth are my favorites. Very cool effect !
    I shoot in raw, so no presets for me, but I really like what you’ve achieved here.

    • jpgs with my phone, obviously (although it does shoots raw as well), but always raw with my Sony. I know that you can now shoot jpegs and still get the most of your photo, but I still prefer raw.
      Actually, I can import and save the camera preference, so it does look like I shoot jpegs, but I’ve got more freedom with adjusting if needs be. I try to do as little post-prod as possible, anyway.
      I read what you wrote recently on jpegs, and it got me thinking, but I haven’t change technique yet. I’m curious about it though.

      • Whatever works for you. People get into endless debates about Raw vs Jpegs and what’s better or more “professional ” to use. I find it funny and needless. If you love shooting RAW, keep shooting Raw, if you’re satisfied with your Jpegs, then great!

      • I couldn’t agree more. The only thing that matters is the pleasure of taking photos. The gear and those endless debates about techniques, raw or jpegs are plain empty.
        No matter what camera you use and how you shoot, it’s the picture taken that counts.

  3. love the colors 🙂 you shoot in jpeg, Juri? the presets are lost on my camera when I shoot in raw, alas… the shot with the red stripes and the stripes pattern everywhere in the shot absolutely brilliant, you’ve got such a great eye for such details 🙂

    • Thanks Alexandra. I used to shoot in RAW for the first 3,4 years. Then I switched from Canon to the Fujifilm and that’s where I discovered their brilliant in camera presets. I was very and still am satisfied with the JPEGS straight out of cam and only tweak a little bit if need be in the PP. I realised that I saved so much time and it works for me.

      About the shot: I waited maybe a minute for somebody to walk into the frame and there, out of nowhere, the boy just ran by me and I clicked 🙂

  4. Love your shots. Especially the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

    I love time spent editing my raw files as I find that an extension of my creative journey. However, I’ve been experimenting with jpg on my xpro3. I love the colour and finish it has. However, I’m still learning how to shoot to arrive at a good photo with minimal processing if any. I hope that this is one of the many building blocks to help me better a better photographer.

    Athe moment, I’m using 3 film recipes. 2 from Ritchie Roesch: Kodachrome 64 and a modified Porta 400 to have less contrast and more highlights for winter in Auckland. The 3rd is Luís Costa’s recipe for Kodachrome.

    • Thanks for stopping by Jason. I understand your reasons behind the editing and they were mine too until time spent on the editing became an issue and it just moved naturally from there.
      Ritchie is doing a fantastic job introducing some great recepies and although i can’t implement them fully on my Fuji X70 i can get a near enough results.

  5. I love the real Velvia film tones, especially the expired ones I usually use.
    Some images here somehow remind these tones – I think the one with the man in the blue shirt and the last one.
    For my digital photography, I don’t use any preset. JUst RAW photography and manual BW conversion with LR.

  6. Hey Yuri, I thought I’d reply here that way you’re sure to see it – wordpress seems not to like threads going past three posts so there was no reply button on your latest comment.

    Anyway, firstly on these images … I guess in the days of Velvia slide film, it wasn’t much used for Street Photography because it was slow speed and unforgiving on the exposures. With your Fuji camera now you don’t have to worry about that so you can get all the benefits of the rich saturation without the hassle of shooting at ISO 50! The strong shadows make for a dramatic look – I like how the figure appears out of the shadows catching the sliver of light in the last image.

    “I agree with you about expectations in order to grow and improve. It’s a normal to have them as much as learning from failure. The main thing is to see your path clearly and stick to the plan and that’s what i find the most difficult to do.
    I’m not a good organizer. I tend to have these moments of idea storming and creativity full on but i do feel that i’m lacking the patience and resilience to stick to a particular theme or long term project.
    When i’m out on streets, the whole world is a stage. In most cases, it’s looking at images after and sorting them in under certain themes that seems to work for me for now…” was your comment on my post.

    I guess as a street photographer, your ongoing work on a particular area (be it your city or France at large) is, in many ways, your project. It doesn’t have to be more complex than that, really. Over time as you build up work, you might find some themes have emerged within your work. Perhaps in your case, the theme will emerge later, and right now is the time where you produce the work which will come together later.

    Be aware of the work you are making, and look for themes emerging (without necessarily trying to force them) and make little organisations of work. If your editing software allows you to tag images, that could be useful for future organisation. Keep at it, anyway!

    • Thanks for your comment Owain and you’re right. I’m building a nice catalog of street/candid photography in France which looks like my biggest project for now 🙂
      I tend to over think and analyze where maybe just simple actions are needed.
      Thanks for the encouragement!

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