Saint George Utah, Hiking With A Film Camera

Saint George Utah

Saint George Utah

Saint George Utah is an amazing place to live if you love to hike and take photographs. The photos you see here have all been taken either in the city limits or within a few minutes of downtown. Of course within forty-five minutes of downtown is Zion National Park so it’s kind of like cheating considering it’s one of the most beautiful National Parks in the US and filled with great trails. Taking gorgeous photos in Zion is easy no matter what camera you’re carrying.

 

Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins Utah

Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins Utah

 

Bear Claw Poppy Trail, Saint George Utah

Bear Claw Poppy Trail, Saint George Utah

As for the equipment used to take these photos they were all captured with an Olympus OM 2N film camera that’s about forty years old. The film used was out dated Velvia and Provia slide film that froze and cooked for years in a storage unit in Indiana while I wandered the world destroying one digital camera after another.  It felt good to reunite with the OM after so long apart. I had forgotten how solid and dependable a film camera felt and the manual focusing of the Zuiko lens was a delight. The other thing I had forgotten was how fast the shutter is on a film camera. I have grown accustomed to the “shutter lag” of digitals and have missed a number of action shots because of it.

 

Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

 

 

Scorpionweed along the Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

Scorpionweed along the Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

No, I’m not saying film is good and digital is evil. With film you may come to the end of a roll in the middle of shooting a sequence and you will need to send it off to be developed but for how I use the OM those are not issues. What is important is I find using the manual focus lenses, clear viewfinder and responsive shutter action a lot of fun. As for the quality of the images I am very pleased. What you are looking at here is the “Budget Quality” scans from North Coast Photographic Services. The film is typically in house for two days and the post processing I need to do ranges from zero to slight.

 

Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah

Snow Canyon State Park,
Ivins, Utah

 

 

Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom, Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom, Zen Trail, Saint George, Utah

I will continue to use both digital and film but there is no doubt I enjoy shooting with the OM more than any digital I’ve owned so far. Thanks for stopping by.

A view from the top of Watchman's Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

A view from the top of Watchman’s Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

 

A view from the top of Watchman's Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

A view from the top of Watchman’s Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

 

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13 replies

  1. WOW WOW WOW. I can’t wait to get back to the states and do some hiking!

  2. Beautiful pictures! I was taking some shots tonight and lamented the “shutter lag”. I love the high plains of Laramie, but really miss the desert!

  3. Great photos – Zion NP is another of those places we have in common, although you have hiked there far more extensively than I. You must have to scan the photos in order to post them in your blog stories, right?

  4. Great pictures! Looks like a beautiful place.

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