Pentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M
Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800
Every now and again, a photograph I take pleases me very much. This is one of those photographs. I love how light and dark play to draw the eye onto the woman working this booth. And the boxes of Oreos. That’s accidental. Actually, the whole shot might best be called an accident, as I was working fast. People were milling about and I wanted the worker’s face free and clear.
I shot this last August at the Indiana State Fair, but then forgot all about the film. I discovered it in my Pentax ME on Easter Sunday when I got it down to shoot our traditional Easter service at church. This film is Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800. I don’t love its grain, but it does let me get low-light shots, especially with my 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M. This fast film and fast lens are just right for night shots under the midway’s bright lights.
Margaret and I walked toward the midway at dusk. It can’t be happenstance that the setting sun provides the arch’s evening backdrop, indigo and blush, drawing people in.
But upon this scene I let go Margaret’s hand. I wanted to frame this photograph properly. It might have been the only time all night I wasn’t touching her.
State Fair at dusk • Olympus XA • Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800 • August, 2013
I have made occasional pilgrimages to the covered bridge at Bridgeton for more than a quarter century now. Well off the beaten path, I enjoy the quiet there — except in October during the Covered Bridge Festival, when it teems with people. I avoid Bridgeton in October.
I shot this using my Olympus XA on Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800. I have had mixed results shooting this film in my Pentax ME, but every photo I shoot on this film in my XA turns out grand.