I have a terrible habit of buying four or five rolls of a film I’d like to try, shooting one roll, and then buying four or five rolls of another film I’d like to try. I’ve repeated this pattern enough times that I have probably 50 rolls stockpiled in the fridge. So I put a moratorium on buying more film until I shoot what I have.
The last time I shot Eastman Double-X 5222 I used my Nikon F2 and a 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens. This movie film gave me blacks so deep I could have fallen into them, and textures so rich and realistic I expected to feel them if I touched the screen. So when I decided to shoot another roll I chose an entirely different kind of camera: my point-and-shoot Olympus Stylus. I wanted to see if the film behaved differently.
I didn’t get the same rich blacks this time, but I did get the same realistic textures.
I was at church for a meeting, so I made some quick photos. Once again these images invite me to touch the screen to feel the rough brick.
I brought the Stylus inside to shoot a couple rooms, which were set up for our day care to resume the next morning.
I love the moodiness created by the window light and the corner shadows.
The church is in an old city neighborhood with alleys. Ours is concrete and was probably poured 100 years ago.
On the way home I passed this run-down building, which I bet began life as a grocery store. I am impressed with how well the clouds rendered, especially since I didn’t use a yellow or orange filter.
I took the Stylus along on a too-brief visit to South Bend, my home town. I was there on business, but I made a few minutes for a coffee at the Chocolate Cafe downtown.
I miss South Bend. I’d love to run a little bookstore in the State Theater building. Too bad this shop owner thought of it first.
A storm rolled in quickly as I walked a couple blocks of Michigan Street. In reading the light the Stylus misguidedly decided it needed to fire the flash, serving only to create flares off every reflective surface. If I didn’t need to explicitly turn off the flash every time I power up the Stylus, I’d shoot it a lot more often.
Still, I’m not getting rid of my little Stylus anytime soon. It fits into my jeans pocket and packs a great lens. And it liked the Double-X just fine.
Last updated on 14 March 2020 by Jim Grey