You wonder if you’re the only person alive as you hurry along empty early morning rain slick sidewalks. And it’s cold — in your bones winter rain cold.
I was lucky that morning. Like a gunslinger of the old west, I ducked into the shelter of a doorway, drew and fired. Well, part luck anyway. If my camera hadn’t been handy, I would have missed the moment.
I didn’t because I had my little, always ready for action, Olympus Stylus Epic in my coat pocket. Thankfully, it was loaded with B&W film that morning.
Night shots can be tricky. My Stylus has a neck lanyard so I used me as the tripod. I pulled the neck strap tight to steady the camera, aimed by looking out over the top of the camera (I couldn’t use the viewfinder) and squeezed off this shot. It worked. I got lucky — again.
What was I doing out in the dark of a cold wet morning like this one? Going to work. I was just about to open the door and walk into my building when this shot caught my eye — just one of the many nice shots I’ve gotten with my trusty Stylus.
The Stylus Epic is a great little 35mm film camera. It has good glass (a sharp 35mm f2.8 lens) and fits easily into a shirt pocket or purse. The clam shell design protects the lens, yet the camera is ready for action in an instant. My Stylus only cost around $120, one of the best bargain buys I ever made. It’s even sealed for weather resistance.
I re-discovered a print of this scene last Sunday and found the negative after searching for a couple of hours — whew! I was worried for awhile. Lesson learned. I’ve been organizing all of my slides and negatives so they’ll always be safe and I’ll be able to find what I need when I need it. Now I’m getting serious.
This photo is right out of the camera — no cropping at all. You might want to have a look at my recent post, “How to Scan B&W Negatives: An Introduction.” The illustrated article (the example photo was shot with my Stylus) describes my work flow from scan to finished photo from a B&W negative. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.
I love black and white photography, but there are times when I prefer color. This isn’t one of them. This shot had to be B&W.
Hop on over to James’ blog for Weekend Reflections #8 — lot’s of fun and links to some very creative reflections.