Hello everyone, it has been a long time. Life has been full of ups and downs since we moved to SoCal, and I am finally able to even think about spending $ on film and such things again. Considering how tight things are, I am loathe to waste film in "testing" right now, so that is where I'm coming from with my question. Just kind of need a ball-park idea of what to expect. We live in Ventura, California now, and I would like to try my hand at some surfing shots, and general shots of the pier and ocean, etc. However, nearly all my previous shooting was done in Alaska. My favorite films were generally Velvia 100 and E100GX up there. I tried nearly every slide film I could get my hands on back then, and to be honest, quite a few of them are very close with just minor differences. Thing is, the light is very different down here, and with big swings, too! For example, in the morning it can be overcast and grey looking for hours, almost foggy, and then the sun burns it off and all of a sudden it's bright daylight and contrasty as heck! ;-) I'm just looking for some feedback before I go plunk down what money I do have for say 10 rolls to get me back on my photographic feet. Do I go with Velvia, or is that going to be insanely contrasty down here in SoCal light, and I would be better off with E100G or something like that? Or- please be honest- am I crazy to want to shoot slide film down here, and should I relent and somehow learn to love a color neg film like Ektar or the new Portra 160? Thanks for any tips. I'm just at that re-entry stage where I need a little discussion, some comments and then a kick in the booty to go shooting again, and then I'll get the confidence to go stick the gamer in everyone's face down at the beach.