I’ve been buried in work these last couple of weeks with little or no time for myself. But after having wrapped up the last project, I was able to take it down a notch in time for Spring Day, which, in this part of the world, is celebrated on 1 September every year.
As cliché as it may be, I sneaked out the house to photograph a bit of spring. I went hunting for sprouting trees, blossoms and flowers.
I am still shooting with Vintage Agfacolor which is our “Recipe of the Month” on SOOC. Curious to find out how this recipe would handle the bright colours I was hoping to find, I expected to get results with a more desaturated look, delivering muted colours, often with a slightly blue tinge across the image.
As a start, I focused on greens and threw in some white here and there. The results have the expected slight colour shift towards the blues, however, that is a lot more apparent in the images taken in shade rather than in full or direct sunlight.
I can’t decide whether the whites look a little blue or more green. They are definitely not true white but I never expected nor mind it much in these photographs. I guess that’s the reason why I wouldn’t recommend this recipe to wedding photographers, though.
Moving onto yellows… not too much of surprise there either. Despite the muted look, they still turned out nice and bright.
As expected, I noticed the biggest difference in how Vintage Agfacolor renders purples and reds. This recipe applies a white balance shift of -3 Red and -4 Blue, so the images that I captured of blue/purple and pink/red flowers turned out a lot less saturated than I encountered them during my blizz expedition.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that I was shooting and experimenting with our “Recipe of the Month”, I would have probably chosen something like Vibrant Velvia, Velvia v2, Kodak Ultramax 400 or even Agfa Optima 200 to capture the many colours of spring more authentically… but I didn’t.
I really enjoyed my little outing after a couple of weeks of “SOOC abstinence” and feel like this exercise was a nice way for me to bring shooting with Vintage Agfacolor to a close.
Our next show is coming up next week Thursday, 8 September, and I am so looking forward to connecting with you, to hearing what Ritchie has been up to and to see everyone’s creations in Vintage Agfacolor.
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That’s it from me for now. Have a blessed weekend, rest, relax and shoot awesome jpegs!
[All images in this article are shot in Vintage Agfacolor and are jpegs straight out of my X-Pro3 + XF80mm & XF50-140mm]