Even though I thought my dad’s ’66 Ford was cool when I was a youngster, even then I had to admit that Chevrolet styling was superior across the board. The triple tail lights on Impalas were always inspired designs. I especially liked the kidney-shaped lights set into the bumper on the ’68s, but my next favorites were the perfectly round lenses on the ’63s and ’64s. Plenty of these Chevys roamed my childhood neighborhood.
I took my Olympus XA along to the Mecum auction last month. I was impressed that it handled some challenging lighting situations pretty well. I regret my choice of film, though. Arista Premium 400 is grainy like good old Kodak Tri-X; some say the Arista is Tri-X. I think my automotive subjects were better suited to a film like Kodak T-Max and its barely detectable grain.