Until 1999 I used this 35-mm film camera the Fujica ST801. It was a reliable good friend. I experimented with digital up until then, but was hesitant about making the switch. We took a trip to Europe in July 1999. It was then I committed to giving a digital camera a lengthy tryout. My digital results were rewarding enough to continue using it. The trusty 801 was put away.
In early August 2022, I brought the 801 out of the cabinet where it was stored and wondered if it still worked. Focusing was a little stiff. The LEDs in the display were weak. Plus, there was film in it on frame #6. I decided to finish exposing the roll and have it developed. By mid-August, I took the exposed roll to Walgreens near us. The sales person said they don’t do film any more. It would be sent away. I would get the prints and a CD back in about 6 weeks.
Most of the pictures had a strong green cast to them. Of the others, these are the ones I considered the best. A fair amount of post processing was needed.
This photo of the woman walking her dog has a sad story behind it. She lives next door to us. Her father died in the spring of this year. She kept his dog and walked it several times a day. The old dog died not long after I took this picture. When I got the photos back from the store, I gave it to her as a momento.
Knowing digital photography is my mainstay now, I searched for a way to donate my film camera equipment to a worthy cause. The Film Photography Project seemed the best way to go. They accept working equipment, check it over, and donate it to schools and novices in photography. Consider them if you have something to donate.