Cinestill at the beach

rolling waves of sand

After seeing some of the wonderful results on 52 Rolls, I thought I would try using Cinestill too. I loaded  it up in my Olympus XA and headed out for a weekend at the beach. I think I like the results. I am not immediately in love with everything on the roll. There were quite a few shots that were very grainy. I am not used to shooting with 800 ISO film so that may be the issue. I did, however, like this shot. So there you go. 

Amsterdam street food

hot dog stand

This is another shot with the Olympus XA in Amsterdam. When I used up the roll of Afga Precisa I bought some Tri-x to see how that would fare in this camera. I love the results! I am not used to using a rangefinder and tend to find them a little awkward, but the XA was pretty easy to get used to. 

I've been carrying it around with me this week in my purse, working on a film swap roll and I am falling more and  more in love with this little thing every day. It's the perfect size to carry around for everyday use. I bought a couple rolls of Cinestill film and am going to run that through it and can't wait to see the results of that little experiment. 

I'll share more of of these XA Amsterdam street photos in future posts. 

Olympus XA and x-pro

This is a photo taken in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. On King's day we decided to escape the crazy and take the train into Inge's home town. She and her husband gave us a tour of this beautiful city. While we were there she gave me an Olympus XA that she'd picked up at a camera swap and some Afga Precisa slide film.  I was so excited! 

This camera is so fun. It will be something I go to again and again, I'm sure. 

However, I am still uncertain about cross processing slide film. It seems like whenever I do it my experience is less than stellar. None of my photos look like this. I'm never blown away by the results. My feeling is more of frustration. I think it is that I am having trouble scanning cross processed negatives. my scanner's software does odd things to the colors and I'm not tech savvy enough to figure out how to fix that.