Drain with Kelp


These photos from the Ross Bay storm drain were taken while testing a 1984 Minolta AF-S point and shoot camera with Fuji Superia 400 colour film. It turns out that the camera under exposes by about 3 f-stops, so these shots are converted to black and white to see what can be recovered from the negatives.

I tested the camera on two different days including quite a few shots at the storm drain. On the first day there was a bull kelp draped across the drain which is the subject of today’s post.

Much more information about this camera, including many of the (very blue) colour versions of the test shots, is published simultaneously as one of my 52 Rolls project contributions at this link.


Any one else see the face of the drain in this photo?








Minolta AF-S, 35mm/f2.8 lens, Fuji Superia 400


4 thoughts on “Drain with Kelp

  1. Really strange that the camera under exposed shot by 3 stops. Do you think that is an age problem with the light meter or a quirk of the camera?
    Although the pictures were supposed to be colour the texture and contrast of the Kelp and the Drain works well in Black and White.


    • Hi Ben, I am not sure of the cause, though I do think that 30 years might have taken a toll. I have seen other people using these cameras write about underexposure. I also suspect, but only after looking at the photos quite a bit as I was doing these posts and at the way the colours are rendered, that perhaps the film needs some compensation too. It expired in 2007 and as it had been frozen that whole I time (I was assured it had been by a vendor I trust) I shot it at box speed. However, perhaps it needed a 1 stop boost due to age. So perhaps the camera is not completely at fault, but surely is partly responsible.

      The colour is actually quite lovely though “exaggerated natural” (click the link in this post to see it at 52 Rolls). That is less the case in the strips of film that I ran at each of the ISO settings the camera provides for – there the colour is good as the exposure nears what it should be.


    • Hi Melinda – thanks for the comment. It does look like a break in the drain – it was not what I intended when taking the photos, but it works pretty well. A break like that would be unsettling were it to suddenly appear. It would be the kiss of death for this favourite subject of photography.


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