Film Photography

Not-so-easy shooting

Olympus Stylus

I felt like some easy black-and-white shooting, so I loaded a roll of Kodak Plus-X into my Olympus Stylus.

It didn’t go so well. About halfway through the roll, the Stylus malfunctioned. When I pressed the button, the Stylus made a wheezy noise but wouldn’t fire the shutter. I’d close and reopen the camera and try again, and again, and again, until it fired. Eventually it wouldn’t fire at all. Unfortunately, I still had five shots left on that precious roll of Plus-X, which isn’t made anymore. Reluctantly, I threw in the towel and pressed the film-rewind button.

At least I got this totally awesome selfie while looking the camera over, trying to figure out why the shutter wasn’t operating. I discovered that the wheezy noise was the lens extending part way.

Why won't this thing fire? ...Oh.

I got some pretty good shots before the problems began, however. I really like the tones in this shot of my front yard. It’s one of the last shots I took with any ash trees in it.

Front garden

I took the Stylus along when Margaret and I spent an evening strolling through Fountain Square. These preserves were for sale in a former Sunoco station converted to a little market.


It seems nigh onto impossible to get a bad photo of the Fountain Square Theater building. It anchors this hip Indianapolis neighborhood so well.

Fountain Square

I’ve shot the front of the former G.C. Murphy store many times, but always in black and white. Someday I should shoot it in color. But the bricks always look so silvery in black and white.


I carried the Stylus around for a few weeks, shooting whatever. I met my pastor for lunch one day and shot the front of this nearby McDonald’s. Around here, all of these older McDs are being torn down and replaced with stores in the chain’s new corporate look. I prefer this style. I do not, however, enjoy how washed out the sky and the top of the roof turned out. It was a blisteringly bright day, though.


I also shot a few photos around what is now my former workplace. One of my colleagues drives this old Honda Prelude when he doesn’t ride his motorcycle.


I also got this snap of my desk, just a couple weeks before it wasn’t my desk anymore. I’m not a fan of flashes on point-and-shoot cameras; they always seem to be too bright. This is no exception. But I’m glad to have this photo now, so I can remember this good little space.

My former desk

I’ll probably send this Stylus to the Great Camera Store in the Sky and just buy another one on eBay. The Stylus is too good not to have one here for those days when I want good optics but point-and-shoot simplicity.


14 thoughts on “Not-so-easy shooting

  1. Christopher Smith says:

    Like the photos, and a deffinate must in getting an other one they are a keeper and user camera not one to leave on the shelf. So sorry yours bit the dust.

  2. Hard to beat this camera for a easy to carry film shooter. I think it also is one of the few newer point & shoots that has some real style.

  3. The selfie was a genuine LOL. I thought, “the last thing fried chicken and mashed potatoes ever sees”. :) Well, maybe not so much these days of better choices… lettuce and balsamic, then?

    What I took away from your review was that in subtle ways, you’re telling us not to run right out and buy the Olympus Stylus. Duly noted! :)

    That desk looks like a cozy nook. Busy but not disorganized. I’m sorry it’s not a part of your life moving forward. But I was left wondering… the landscape photo over your desk: is it one of your own?

    • Actually, many of the photo bloggers I follow have Styluses and use them successfully. Mine just crapped out! And no, I didn’t take that landscape. A fellow I used to work with gave it to me as a going away present when I left Teradata.

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