Carmel-by-the-Sea

Olympus XA in Carmel California

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Holly and I recently took a trip to Phoenix, AZ and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. I wrote about our preparations for the trip and am working on some posts about our vacation.

I mainly used my Nikon Z fc and came home with over 500 photos, but I also brought along my Olympus XA so I would have an option for shooting film. I ended up finishing 1 roll of Lomography Color 800 and started a roll of Ilford Delta 100.

Since we’ve been home, I did get the roll of Lomography 800 developed and scanned, but the roll of Ilford is still in my camera.

I took pictures with it 2 of the days. I took a few shots one morning in Carmel. As I’ve been doing recently, I shot this roll one stop overexposed, setting my camera at ISO 400.

I really like the Olympus XA, but I still have issues with nailing focus due to the short throw of the focusing lever. Not sure I’ll ever really master it. But when I get the focus right, the images are usually pretty nice.

I took 4 photos at Village Corner California Bistro where we had breakfast that day and then a few more around Carmel.

Village Corner in Carmel
Village Corner in Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea

I also brought the XA along when we went out to dinner and took some pictures inside Pescadero where we had a fantastic meal.

The next day, I took the XA with us on our walk through the beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. I took a lot of pictures with my Nikon Z fc which I’ll post later, but I also took a handful with the XA.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

I chose to bring the Olympus XA on our trip mainly because of its size. It was a nice complement to the Nikon Z fc. I only took about 7 or 8 photos with the Ilford Delta 100 so it might be a while before I finish that roll and get it developed. I’ll be curious to see some black-and-white photos from our trip.

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