Woot! Woot woot woot! I’ve licked all of the problems with my Certo Super Sport Dolly.
First it was a broken element in the focusing system. And then there was a pesky light leak. I’ve vanquished both.
The light leak was caused by some tiny holes in the bellows where it attaches to the body. A little black fabric paint closed those holes.
And so I dropped in some Kodak Tri-X 400…and then did nothing with the camera for weeks. I chose Tri-X because we were in a stretch of lousy weather, and I figured a fast film would work fine in the gloomy light. But the very moment I loaded the roll, the sun came out and blazed bright for days. Does Tri-X control the weather? Given the camera’s 1/250 sec. top shutter speed, my exposure options would be strictly limited.
When I had to drive up to Burlington for a meeting of the Historic Michigan Road Association, I decided to heck with it and took the SSD with me. I shot two thirds of the roll on the Michigan Road at the minimum aperture, f/22, and fastest shutter speed, 1/250 sec., and even that overexposed the film by a stop. But Tri-X is resilient.
After the meeting we toured the 1848 “American House,” which is being restored and will eventually be a museum and maybe a B&B. Boy, the house is in rough condition inside.
I drove up to Michigantown, where this tidy Christian Church lurked on a side street.
And of course I stopped in Kirklin. It might just be my favorite little town on all of the Michigan Road. I’ve photographed this building many times.
I wanted to see how the camera performed in light better suited to the film. As dawn broke one morning, I stepped onto my porch to photograph my garden. There was scarcely enough light; the in-focus patch was narrow.
A little past sunrise, the sky overcast and gray, I photographed my car just beyond my blooming peonies.
Many thanks to Mike Connealy for his assistance making this Super Sport Dolly work again!
Last updated on 14 March 2020 by Jim Grey