Burning Man II

The clever among you may have guessed by the title of my last post that there were more Burning Man photos to come. You were right. Due to the aforementioned “slump” I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be in the mood to carry my camera gear around that often. I did however want to be able to snap off a photo here and there if I felt so inclined. What I needed was a camera I could literally put in my pocket, was cheap, could handle the dust, and had good (enough) image quality. Surprisingly, that is still a very small pool of cameras. With a bit of research what I came up with was the Olympus µ[mju:]-II; A 35mm film point-and-shoot camera released in 1997. It has autofocus, a fast f/2.8 35mm lens, and is splash and dust proof. Best of all it cost $35. It isn’t without its quarks though. You turn it on by sliding the little lens cover back. For some reason every time you do this the flash defaults to on. There are two tiny little buttons on the back. It you poke one of them just right with your finger nail you can cycle the flash through various settings until you finally turn it off. If you press both buttons (monumental feat) you activate spot metering mode which is pretty sweet. The downside is that the spot meter is coupled with the single central AF point which means your focus point better also be the area you would like to expose for. Finally, the camera is really smart and reads the code on the film canister to set the ISO. So if you want to shoot at a different ISO (I did) you get to memorize the DX codes and either scratch off or black out the correct little square on the roll before you load it. All and all it’s a fun little gizmo. Anyway, I doubt many of you made it this far. If you did high fives and bonus points for you! All photos are either Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 or T-Max P3200 shot at 3200 except the lonely color photo shot on Portra 160 shot at 100 (since the camera doesn’t recognize ISO160). Once again with no descriptions or explanations.











As always, thanks for taking a gander.

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