Preferred film for landscapes?

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  1. earthmanbuck

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    I just realized I've been hobby shooting film for about 10 years now (!), trying any and every type of film I can get my hands on. I've also just realized I actually do have a couple favourites I keep coming back to—Portra 400 and TMax P3200—for the kind of stuff I like to shoot, which is mostly people.

    However, I've never really been able to crack what works for landscapes and nature shots—lots of hits and misses with various films, which I concede is probably at least partly my own errors. Does anyone have any favourite films that are consistently good at capturing the vibrancy of nature?


     
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    I like Portra. I've always used Kodak whatever (I think now it's called KodakMax). For B&W I use Kodak T Max or anything Ilford.

    I find that getting a proper exposure is key and I rely on the meter to determine that. And maybe with a lot of years of experience you learn how to adjust for various conditions without thinking about it too much. I use whatever is in the fridge.
     
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    T-Max 100 in B&W, developed inT-Max developer was my 1980's fave for B&W landscapes. Such fine grain!

    But I also shot a lot of Tri-X. Yes, it has a lot of visible grain,but "landscape" is variable, encompasses a lot of scenarios.

    I like medium-speed color slide film for landscapes...something in the 64 to 100 speed range...
     
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    Plus-X and Tri-X were my favourites, early on developed in D-76 later in Rodinal. The grain in Tri-X was sharp enough to resolve just fine and its tone curve when matched with the spot metering contrast of the subject and developer time was magic.
     
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    I shoot with Velvia 50 (chrome) type for it's bright color palette. If you want a negative color film, go with Ektar 100 for vibrancy.
     
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    For me I like to use Ilford Delta 100 BW and Extar 100 for landscapes. But I also like Fuji 400 as grain does not bother me, besides the grain is not that bad. I've enlarged Fuji 400 to 20x30 with great results.


    Fuji 400.....

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    Try the Portra 160 rather than the 400 for landscapes. I know a lot of people like the vibrancy of Ektar or slide film, but I prefer more subtlety, which I find easier to achieve with the 160, especially when there is color in the sky.

    Some examples:

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    rHomestead
    by limrodrigues, on Flickr
     
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    Nice shots.
     
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    Thanks for the tips, all.
     
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    Lot of years since film, and choices weren't as plentiful back then. For color I shot Kodachrome, then X, then II. B&W was Tri-X, for simplicity sake. Now even though I don't shoot film I do a lot of film simulations with Porta being my favorite for color and Illford for B&W.
     
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    Kodachrome X, Kodachrome II...jeeze...

    I cannot get on board with Portra for landscapes...it looks so muted, so "color-effecty"..so muted..so much like an Instagram filter has been applied to lower saturation and contrast...I prefer a more-vibrant look, with colors closer to "reality"
     
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    Oh, it does not look like an Instagram filter! lol To get that look you'd have to scan it and photoshop the heck out of it!

    The OP could try a roll of more than one different film and see what he/she likes best.
     
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