At least the chickens are in focus

by Carol Browne on September 1, 2013 · 0 comments

in General, Pentax ME Super, Photos

BAWK!

Perhaps it would have been prudent to read the manual before I started shooting with the new-to-us Pentax ME Super film camera. After all, it is available on the internet. But no. I did not. Instead, I rushed in and just started shooting. What can I say? It’s just my nature.

What did I learn after perusing/skimming through the manual?

1) There are batteries in the camera. The heck? And somehow, they are still working – very weak, but there was still enough juice in them to run the camera yesterday. They are those little, flat ones – silver oxide batteries. I will need to replace them immediately. Who knows how long they’ve been in there.

2) As there is no autofocus, the way to focus is to use circle in the middle OR the collar around the circle. It stops “glittering” when everything is in focus. Now, I noticed that glittery collar the last few frames and didn’t think to keep focusing until it stopped moving around like water. Consequently, I got five photos in focus. Two photos include chickens:

Cock-a-doodle-do!

Two photos of apples – this one is a bit on the fuzzy side.

These ones are fuzzy

But this next bunch of apples is much clearer.

Clearer. Also, delicious apples.

Yes! Delicious apples! And they are pretty sharp, too.

And one photo with humans in focus! HOORAY!

The girlz in film!Sooooo…looks like I have some practicing to do. This also means I need to get more 35 mm film. I’ve got a few rolls, but will be looking at thrift stores for old and expired films. I found some out at the Mighty Cranky Churchladies thrift store a couple of years ago, so more just pop up every now and then. Also, once you start looking for stuff, it’s funny how things just start to appear.

I would love to take a photo that looks as sharp as this one my dad took of two men playing polocrosse.

Photo by my dad circa 1983

The front horse’s mouth and nose is so sharp. I’m pretty sure my dad used this camera for this photo.

I will keep practicing.

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