There’s nothing like eight consecutive days of subzero temperatures to deter a wimp like me from venturing out to take photos. I’m less than intrepid when it comes to shooting outside anyway. It’s either too hot or too cold or I have to hike a trail or climb a mountain or… you get my drift. Winter lends itself to indoor photography as far as I’m concerned. But I couldn’t very easily use the Pony camera inside since I loaded it with 200 speed color film and I don’t have a flash.
The day after Winter Storm Grayson dumped more than a foot of snow on us I did head out to take a few shots. I’m pretty sure they won’t be great if they even come out at all. Since I’m not great at estimating distances, I set the camera up for what the manual calls “box-camera simplicity”. That involves setting the the shutter at 50, the focus to10 feet and the aperture, the “lens opening pointer”, to Bright, Hazy or Cloudy Bright. I’m pretty sure cloudy bright is an oxymoron so I had to choose between bright and hazy. I picked hazy since it wasn’t sunny and proceeded to take (or attempt to take) a few photos.
You have to cock the shutter before firing it. I did that but felt like something was wrong since I couldn’t hear the shutter release. Then I tried to take a couple more shots without remembering to cock the shutter. I figured that out and continued to photograph the post-blizzard vista in my backyard. After 10 minutes my fingers were numb so I had to call it quits.
Today was much warmer so I ventured out again with Mr. Wolfram’s Pony 135 Model C. Trying again to get the hang of it I noticed something funny. The shutter was very slow. A shutter speed of 50 is not exactly “fast” but this was definitely slow. The reason I hadn’t heard the shutter release before is because it did so after I moved camera away from my face. That will result in some ridiculously blurry photos. Once I figured that out I made some adjustments and finished up the roll. I just sent it off to be developed. If I’m lucky I may have a couple of decent shots. If not, well, there’s always another day and another roll. I’ll let you know in a week or so. Stay tuned.