I loaded an Olympus XA2 with Lomography Colour 800 and last week, a month later, I finished the roll. I was not surprised to find that more than half the photos were of the ocean’s edge, and of those, many were the storm drain. After all, I live and work and commute along the marine edge and often stop to take pictures of dramatic lighting or scenes. Even so, I was quite surprised at how uniformly dramatic these shots were; I guess it is that time of year.
Part of it though is probably the film. I had to get the film scanned twice because the first time some errant piece of dust had scored a digital line across all the scans (it look as if they had been scanned with the plastic sleeve in place). Both times the scans came back looking pretty bad, both for outdoor and indoor scenes. I set out to correct them as best I could in Lightroom, not feeling very confident in the results. It turned out that what most frames needed was a >1 f-stop exposure reduction. I
wonder if there is something about this film that makes scanning difficult, or if my XA2 light meter doesn’t work well at ISO800, or some other random factor. Or perhaps it is just me and my use of Lightroom sliders. In any case, I am pleased with the transformation. I will publish other shots from this roll, mostly not marine edge, on my blog over the next while.
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2016-46: Olympus XA2, Lomography Colour 800, commercially developed and scanned.