Tag: Canonet QL17

High Noon and Hope

Sometimes the sun is relentless, heat is oppressive, but today, the fear of wind-whipped fires is no joke. In SoCal it has been a dry summer and fires are raging, not just nearby, but up north. We were awakened this morning to phone calls of closing of schools and potential power shut-offs to prevent further fires. The winds could blow sparks and ignite fires miles away. Let us hope things don’t get to the point of being evacuated – which we have been fortunate to avoid thus far over the years – but off I go in a bit to clean up and to begin sorting out what to take. The wind is about 30-70 mph, depending on where you are, but it is strong enough here, and so filled with dust and ash, that all the windows are closed. The wind I so love is now an enemy.

Eats

eats

The Canonet QL17 is a nice, solid rangefinder, which has an “A” for automatic, as well as the capability to be manually set in all areas.  I shot a roll of Agfa Vista 200, mostly on “A” to see how well it works.  Overall, I think I may prefer to set my exposure factors manually as a lot of the images were a bit blurry or soft.  I’ve got some film someplace that may be a bit sharper, shot a year or so ago, that I need to find in order to do some comparisons.  This was taken in the food area of The Grove in L.A.