On St. Clair St.

Forest land
Pentax ME, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A
Agfa APX 100 (expired 7/1998)

“You look tired,” my boss said. “Listen, we can handle everything here. Take tomorrow off. Get a one-day head start on the weekend.”

was tired. We’d had a changing of the guard at work. The fellow who hired me, a company co-founder, had exited. His replacement had been on the job just a few weeks, and brought with her a whole host of process improvements that she aimed to implement rapidly. It’s been a lot of change in a short time, and it came while I’ve been mourning my father. I’d been pushing pretty hard.

I spent my free Friday alone. A buddy had sent me some expired, but always frozen, Agfa APX 100 film, so I loaded some into my Pentax ME. I started the day shooting my 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M lens but as my path too me downtown I found myself at Roberts Camera buying a nice used 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A lens.

I spent the rest of the day with it mounted to the ME. This was one of the first shots I made with that lens. Just look at how much life that lens and film rendered into those bricks!

I’m still tired, by the way. At least I am as I write this, near the end of March. But as this post publishes my family is back from a week’s vacation. Hopefully this post finds me refreshed. But I also need some blog breathing room. So all this week I’m publishing single frame posts from that day of photography.

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11 responses to “single frame: Forest land”

  1. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    That sounds like first class change management!

    Did I ever mention, that I like the 35mm and below … their field of view is … challenging ;)

    I see your beloved ME.
    Did I ever mention that I tried hard to get that feeling and … own now three ME Super … and all three are not working? That’s somehow frustrating.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s been too much too fast, hastily implemented, actually. We should have taken it slower.

      I’m sorry you ended up with three broken ME Supers! That must be some kind of record.

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar


    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      YES! Now I know why there was such love for this film stock.

  3. conspicari Avatar

    Great tones, that lens really worked well with film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I shot some of this roll with my 50/1.4 too and there was some magic there as well.

  4. Mike Connealy Avatar

    I haven’t got such fine results with mine yet, but yours inspires me to keep trying.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You have proved persistent thus far!

  5. Photobooth Journal Avatar

    Hope you are feeling refreshed after your break, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks – not as much as I hoped.

      1. Photobooth Journal Avatar

        It will be a long road. 😔

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