A trip out with the Olympus Trip

March 2, 2016
Sister in the woods

This is the first roll of Kodak Tri-X film that I have used in my Olympus Trip 35. This film camera is an old classic one that is simple but efficient to use. It has a ring on the lens which you turn round to set the ISO depending on what film you’ve loaded and another part on the lens which you also turn to set the correct focus zone to ensure your picture isn’t blurry. It is marked on the lens barrel using various icons to tell you which one is appropriate for your photo, 1 person (for portrait-0.9 metres away), 2 people (for 1.5 metres away), 3 people (3-6 metres away) and a mountain (for focusing on far away objects like mountains!). This is very useful. Unlike most cameras, this camera doesn’t require any batteries at all, so won’t stop working in the middle of a photography session, which happened to my sister recently. This leaves extra room in your backpack for more films! This is very helpful if you are exploring and shooting photos all day. Instead of batteries my camera uses something a bit like a solar panel to power the exposure meter in the camera. This is located around the lens. The exposure meter checks to see if there is enough light to take a photo and adjusts the settings of the camera. If there isn’t enough light, the camera will show a red tab in the view finder and stop the shutter from firing.

Once you have finished your film, you need to remove it from your camera to be developed. It is important you follow instructions when not familiar with loading and unloading film ( I learned the hard way with another film which I shot after Packwood – I tried to rewind the film back into the canister forgetting to push a button in on the bottom of the camera, the film got stuck, I tugged it the wrong way, which then ripped the film away from the canister, sadly my film was ruined. Not very clever!). Firstly, you must press the small black button on the bottom of the camera; next you use the winder on top of the camera; you turn it clockwise to rewind the film into the canister. It should come easily and smoothly! You will be able to tell whether or not your film has been fully rewound back into the canister as the winder will move more loosely. Now pull up the winder further to release its grip on the canister and you are safe to open the camera by pulling down a tab on the side of the camera. You now have your film safe and secure ready to be developed. You can send it off to be developed, or you can do what we did, and develop the film at home which was really good fun!

Recently, my family and I each took a camera to take some shots around Packwood House and gardens. We had a great time and enjoyed a muddy walk with numerous photo opportunities! Here are just a few of the many photos I shot on film:

Trees and sky
Photography in the woods
Tree frame
Muddy walk
Wigwam in the woods
Galloping through the woods
Across the pond

If you want to see more photos of Packwood, check out my mother’s article and my father wrote one too!

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