I've been playing with my Minolta X-700 at the beach with very mixed results. Part of the problem is me. I've been a little A.D.D. about my resources and techniques; bouncing from color to black and white and film speeds, not settling into any particular groove. I also don't print my own stuff. (Alas income and space constraints don't permit it.) I must even admit to using, shamefully, (Dare I even say it?) Wal Mart, when the need for immediate gratification got the best of me.

What setup and techniques have proven the most successful for you and why?

I ask about the beach because its proven to be fun and challenging for me and has a peculiar bunch of demands on the photographer.

Thanks for your input.