Ricardo Kalaidjian



I knew it would happen.

I found a roll of Provia that had been lost in a box since I moved almost a year ago and once I got it developed I immediately remembered why I loved it so much. I have been shooting so much Portra over the past few months that it just became second nature to me. But change is good and its about time I find something else to obsess over. 

One couldn't be more different from the other too. I like Portra exactly because of it's exposure latitude. Over by 4 stops and under by 2? no problem. Portra loves contrast. And I love it for it.

Provia is much different beast. You better be right on the money or else kind of thing. I would draw comparisons to my personal life but lets just move on.

Its funny because I got this roll developed at the same time as a Fuji Natura 1600 and they couldn't be more different. Slide film has almost a painterly aesthetic with virtually no grain. The cost you pay for that is having basically no exposure latitude, but honestly its not as bad as I thought it would be.

All of these images were taken within 30minutes of each other. I'm a fan of finding a good place and waiting for something interesting to happen, NYC usually delivers. 

As a (completely unscientific) comparison, here are some of the shots from the Fuji 1600, both shot within minutes of each other. I like both looks myself, one is a high-grain high-grit almost lo-fi look while the other is soft and delicate. Depends on what you're going for, I expect 99 out of 100 people will prefer the Provia.

I was going to talk about some of my favorites from previous rolls of E6 but this post will be too long if I do, I'll make a second part on Thursday with those pics 

See you then!