single frame: Waiting for lunch

At Rick's Cafe Boatyard on Eagle Creek

Waiting for lunch
Minolta Hi-Matic 7
Kodak Tri-X 400

Margaret and I ate al fresco one Saturday afternoon, at a restaurant overlooking Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. While we waited, we sipped these gingery gin gimlet things that were not as tasty as we anticipated. The light was delicious, though, and I especially like how it illuminates all the glasses in this photograph.

You can see my wife’s new Sony RX-100 there. It’s the Mark I, which you can still buy new out of old stock. It is a simply brilliant camera of the small point-and-shoot type. If my Canon S95 ever dies, I’m buying an RX-100 straightaway. The only bummer about it is that it doesn’t zoom quite as deep as the S95. But otherwise it gets shots the S95 can only dream of.

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10 responses to “single frame: Waiting for lunch”

  1. mike Avatar

    Camera, film and photographer all performed flawlessly for that shot. Makes me want to load some tri-x in one of my rangefinders.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you! You can always count on Tri-X, to be sure.

  2. Tom Harrell Avatar
    Tom Harrell

    I just aquired a Canon S100 the lens has a 24 to 120 range. I am still reading the manual. Can hardly wait to try it out.
    Which mode do you normally use your S95 in? I think this camera has so many more functions than I will use.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I love a lot of things about my S95 but the flat colors it gets is not one of them. For a few years I shot it RAW and processed everything in Photoshop. But that was a giant hassle. A reader here suggested I use Positive color mode and he was right, it’s good and reduces my post-processing dramatically. Here are a couple posts that explain and show examples:

  3. DougD Avatar

    Nice that you can go for lunch. We are kidless for 6 weeks this summer and have had a couple of lunch dates, it’s great.

    Never had a gin gimlet thing, but we feel the same way about mojitos. Read the spec and it sounds pretty good, always slightly disappointing when you get it…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh mojitos. Yeah, another one that doesn’t live up to the hype.

  4. Olli Thomson Avatar

    Lovely picture and as you say lovely light. I had the first version of the RX100 – it was a fabulous camera technically but I never really loved it. I thought about getting one of the newer versions with the pop up viewfinder but the price put me off. I ended up with a second hand Panasonic LX5 having previously had an LX3 that I sold when I got the RX100 – it’s not anywhere near as good as the Sony but I just get on with it better.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I should take my wife’s RX out on a serious photo session and see if I truly take to it then. And yes that flip-up screen adds a scandalous amount to the price!

  5. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    With the exception of the digital camera in the shot, this could have be taken in 1955.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s the fun of Tri-X and a vintage lens!

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