Ocean’s Edge

Olympus XA2 Lomography Colour 800

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.

Jordan River front

Saanich Inlet looking towards Sidney



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2016-46: Olympus XA2, Lomography Colour 800, commercially developed and scanned.



21 thoughts on “Ocean’s Edge

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  2. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    Portions of a roll of film that was largely taken along the waterfront of southern Vancouver Island. I used Lomography Color 800, a film I am not totally familiar with, and which was either exposed improperly, or scanned poorly. Either way the low resolution commercial scans had enough in them to very much improve them over first looks. There are quite a few dramatic sky and ocean shots in this post from the past month – I would highly recommend checking out the whole roll here: http://wp.me/p2ZmXf-fzK


  3. An outstanding series, wonderful rich colours and, as you say, drama. Some of them are so full of foreboding they quite frighten me.


    • Thanks Valerie. The Jordan River skies are the kind that give you a bad turn when out boating. You know something nasty is about to happen when a front like that moves over you.


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  5. Well done. I had an XA, just gifted it as part of the Emulsive “Elfster” program. I took some good BW images with it, one of which hangs on my wall. I especially like the last shot.


    • Thanks Lou. I have an XA but don’t use it much – the focus lever is quite loose and I can’t rely on it being where I last set it which is off putting when I can’t be sure of focus sometimes with a 3 part prescription for my glasses. The XA2 is less problematic with zone focus. And both have very good lenses. I just found another XA2 for a few dollars, so now I have a backup.


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  7. Very dramatic lighting. Its easy to check your light meter. On a bright day it should read 1/iso @ f/16. So your ISO 800 film should read 1/800 @ f/16. Given the range of lighting you have in these shots an averaging meter will struggle even if its reading correctly.

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    • Hi Kelly, glad you like the shots.
      The problem is with this camera it is point and shoot – auto exposure all around, no light meter controls and no readings so not readily checked other than experimenting with two cameras side by side, or something like that.


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  10. OOOOOH I just bought some of the Lomo Color film to try. Your results are great. Love stormy weather. I’m looking forward to trying this film now.


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