Birthday with Cinestill 800

My roll 47 for the 52 Rolls project was the first roll of Cinestill 800 that I have shot. I still have a few things to learn about using it, but I like the look; the grain is excellent for the exposure speed.

This post mostly has shots from my mother’s birthday part in the spring when I first started this roll. There are a couple of shots from last week on it as well. Go to 52 rolls to see much of this roll at this link. And keep your eyes open around Burnt Embers for other shots from the roll over the next week or two.

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This is the first time I have used Cinestill 800. The film has been in my camera since May and I just finished the roll a few days ago. Most of these pictures are from May when I went to my mothers birthday party with some other family members. I am not sure what to think of this film. I had to make adjustments to get decent flesh tones, but I do like how the portraits came out. I had to work pretty hard on landscapes and other subjects too. I probably should have used a filter of some kind given its tungsten description. I did find that indoors shots under artificial lighting did land in a more natural place (with work) than did the outdoor shots.

I have another roll and will do some research on filters before using it. It may have to be a compromise to suit filters…

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Plum Pudding

Olympus XA2 Lomography Colour 800


A few weeks ago I went to my parents place with my partner and son. The purpose, other than a nice visit, was to mix up a batch of plum pudding for Christmas with my parents. In years past we have often done something like this, though more often making mince meat.

We found that jointly we had extra ingredients so we tripled the recipe and ended up making seven plum puddings, which will be distributed among (more…)

Harris Canyon


Olympus XA2 Lomography Colour 800

Olympus XA2 Lomography Colour 800

In late November I did a road trip from Victoria, to Duncan, Cowichan Lake and south to Port Renfrew and back to Victoria. It is several hours of driving, and we had some fantastic weather, including a hailstorm like I had never before experienced. At least 5 cm of hail on the road in about 3 minutes. Amazing racket in the car, amazing sight driving into a wall of white falling pellets.

This is Harris Canyon on the road between Cowichan Lake and Port Renfrew, which had a steady stream of loaded logging trucks, so I did not want to linger on the bridge taking photographs, as there was little warning of vehicles approaching. Normally Harris Canyon is pretty sedate, but not this day as there had been a lot of rain for a few days and the canyon was roaring at much higher levels than I have seen before.



Ocean’s Edge

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 (link).

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52 rolls

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

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Tea with Grandma

Pinhole with Canon EOS3

My Roll 45 has a lot of pinhole shots on film shot in a Canon EOS3. I like some of the results, and learned something with this combo that I can apply to more basic pinhole cameras. Once again the storm drain was a test bed, because I know what to expect, and because it is my favourite subject for all the change it presents us with. To see the rest of the shots check out the 52 Rolls post here.

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I know, it is absurd to take pinhole photographs with a camera as sophisticated as a Canon EOS3. I tried it anyway. But only after I did the same with a full frame DSLR. Which might be an ad nauseum of the absurd. And if you think that is bad, the icing on the cake is that I paid the ridiculous price of $30 for the pinhole adapter vs only $80 for the camera body. I don’t normally spend $30 on any used film camera equipment (camera bodies included), but wait till a better price comes along. If you thought that was bad go get a drink because I have spare EOS body caps at home, and all the materials and know-how necessary for adapting one for pinholes. I guess I was being lazy. Perhaps I can justify it as the cost of a digital camera accessory?

Beyond any pleasure in the surreal there…

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