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!