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My first roll of Velvia - but mistakes were made......

I shot this roll of film the same way as I shoot most rolls of film. Dropped into my Hassy and reeled off the 12 shots. Once Id shot it, I sent it off to the guys at Ag Photolab and then got a message from them to say the roll I sent was a roll of E6 slide film, not a roll of C41 I so often send them. Opps....
The film in question was Fujichrome Velvia 50. This roll, like all my other rolls of film that Im currently shooting was expired. I don't often make adjustments with expired film unless I feel I need to do so. I like to see what age has done to the film, if anything. Anyhow, the Velvia box speed for this roll was ISO50, but then, I notice my second mistake. I take all my light reading through my M6 and set the Leica's ISO dail accordingly to which film Im using. However, half way through shooting this roll, I discovered I'd set it to 150, yet another mistake by me and given that error it would now seem that my final results will be pretty well under exposed. What an idiot !! I always check the details of what film Im loading into my camera to ensure its the correct choice for me with regards the subject matter thats I'll be shooting that day but on this occasion Id clearly had one of those moments and forgotten the basic's. It certainly wont happen again

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Today, the negatives's came back. Were they under exposed? Not in the slightest. In fact, for me, all 12 are on the money. Outstanding on the colour front which is great for me and in addition to that, there pin sharp - Ive just found a new love, shooting  Fujichrome Velvia 50.

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