I went down to Boston Common the other day to try my hand with Portra and Velvia films in the new (old) Hasselblad.
Velvia to me didn't exactly live up to the expectations I was holding it up to. Don't me wrong, it's absolutely fine, there's just something about that saturation I'm not too crazy about. My better judgment tells me that I shouldn't make these conclusions on a single field test. Skin tones were my issue. Perhaps what is needed is more of a landscape test.
Portra on the other hand met and FAR surpassed what I was expecting. I honestly didn't know what to expect. In the past my only exposure (no pun intended) to C-41 films were things like Kodak Gold. I suppose I was expecting something a little bit better, but nothing like what I got. Color was perfect. I couldn't be happier. Perhaps I should make Portra my primary color film.
On a somewhat unrelated side note, I find myself shooting in Boston Common more than anywhere else. I wonder why... I shall have to diversify.