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One with Nature: ЛОМО and the Beach

One of the most amazing places you could photograph is surely the beach. I think you can have some great result with a various different kinds of films: the important thing is using a color film, in order to enjoy the huge amount of light and the opportunity to shoot some very colored panorama, which only seaside can offer.

Photo by yopanic

Seaside offers the huge opportunity to catch on film all the different amazing color shades which the light makes by reflecting on the sand and on water. The important thing you should bare in mind is that there’s a huge risk to overexpose all the frames, because natural light could easily reflect too much on water and sand: read carefully your camera manual, in order to know how much asa you should set.

In my humble opinion, the important thing is using a color film, whether color negative or color slide.

  • When you use a color negative film, colors will pop out, without saturating so much the one from the others. Image will seem more realistic and similar to the original panorama you saw with your own eyes.
  • When you shoot and cross processed Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100, the image will be mostly shifted to blue and light blue tones. Colors from the sea and from the sky will brilliantly pop out and be more saturated rather than the others.
  • When you shoot and cross process Lomography X-Pro Slide 200, yellow and yellowish tones will be predominant in the final picture: sand will be the most saturated part of the composition. Sometimes the sandy part of the image can be overexposed, so try to be careful and try to not shoot with too much reflective light from the sand.

The golden rule is that color negative films can be overexposed a little, but X-Pro films are more sensitive to high amounts of light…

written by yopanic


  1. jaalvarez


    Useful !! Thanks !!

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  2. twinklecat


    Great tip about the natural light reflecting off the sand and water, I'll keep it in mind next time I go beachcoming, although I live in the mountains!

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  3. yopanic


    @jaalvarez, @twinklecat: thank you very much for the positive feedback... :p

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