Los Crestones Hill at sunset. Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby

Slide Film Years, Revisited

Going through old slide film scans, or even the original slides is always a rediscovering adventure. Ektachrome’s grain and Velvia’s contrast look very different from today’s  clean 36 MP images…

When early digital cameras hit the 8 MP resolution mark, or perhaps even before, we advanced beyond 35 mm slide film’s capability. Yet, the images we still keep are no less beautiful and deserve being revisited.

 

Photo of Los Crestones (Big Crests) Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Los Crestones means Big Crests, they are about 60 m (180 ft) tall and lie at an altitude of 3 700 m (12 000 ft)

 

These photos from Los Crestones Hill (volcanic rocks on the high altitude páramo of Costa Rica) were made in 2003 using the excellent Provia film which I liked because it was not as contrasty as Velvia, and was a full stop faster… at a blazing ISO 100!!

I decided to be reasonably faithful to the originals when I brought the old scans into Photoshop and let its 2018 magic rejuvenate the photos.

 

Los Crestones Hill at sunset. Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Los Crestones Hill at sunset. Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica.

 

Eduardo Libby in Cerro Crestones, Costa Rica. Self portrait by Eduardo Libby
No selfie sticks available in 2003! Put the camera on a tripod or on a rock.

 

Not bad! The grain gives character to the images but just don’t try to pixel peep on a computer screen at 100 %… or you would think ISO was 100 000 instead.

Now, if I could rejuvenate me to look like the guy in my selfie…

 

Rainbow over Cerro Crestones. Chirripo National Park. Costa Rica. Photograph by Eduardo Libby
A late-afternoon rainbow over the volcanic crests is an uncommon sight: I was lucky.
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