Dreary winter days are not the best times to shoot Ektachrome. I wanted to try a roll from the batch that a friend gave me and also to give the Rollei 35 I’d traded for my Olympus XA a go.
The Rollei worked well and the size made it nice for carrying around in my coat pocket. The down side is its too fiddly to use as a grab and go quick snap camera. By the time you get it set the moment you’re trying to capture is gone. It might be ok if you know ahead of time what lighting and subjects you’re after and preset the everything. Even then it’s easy to bump the focus accidentally and end up with blurry pics. It’s best used when you’ve got the time to spend setting up your shots and you’ll be rewarded with great looking photos.
The Ektachrome had been in the freezer for a long time and shooting at the rated iso produced decently exposed pictures. It’s too bad the weather didn’t cooperate. The day was grey, cloudy and cold and the film reproduces the conditions nicely. I haven’t used slide film for ages and have forgotten what to expect. Maybe the age of the film caused it to have a bit more grain than I expected or my scanner isn’t up to the job. Back in the stone age we projected the images on the wall of our cave and then traced over them with some charcoal and plant based paints but that’s another story.
Most of these are from the area near my workplace in Lakewood, Colorado USA.