For all the idiots that needed to be told where the view was, the City of Colorado Springs installed a big blue frame in Garden of the Gods, and thank God it didn’t last long. This happened December 2017, here are a few news stories from back then:
This happened at High Point where I take people for pictures if there is time and space. I remember for weeks before there being some construction going on, they had cones and the area roped off. This particular rock and parking lot are popular for wedding ceremonies, though I saw a few that were forced to go other places because of the construction. Then the hideous monstrosity appeared one day much to my and everyone else’s horror. Tourists of course, don’t care about such things because they don’t have to live with it, but to the people of Colorado Springs it was a slap in the face and collectively they had one reaction:
I’m happy to say that it was only there for a week or two and I just had to deal with it a few times. I always made sure to step as close to the frame as I could when taking pictures so the damn thing wasn’t in it.
Colorado gets about 300 days of sunshine and is very dry, so something that is quite rare for us is foggy days. It happened once before when I was driving tours through but I didn’t have my camera that day, this one I did; it was early October (last year) and this cloud was thick, heavy and hovered over Colorado Springs all day.
People that day weren’t very enthusiastic about tours, which gave me plenty of time to drive around the park myself and take pictures.
Some of these go back to last fall, when I thought I’d try doing the tourist thing in my own town, but really just by snapping pics when I was supposed to be giving the tour.
I used an expired roll of AGFAPhoto Precisa CT 100 (aka Fuji Provia 100F) giving the Trip 35 the ultimate exposure test and I’m quite pleased that the selenium-powered autoexposure works perfectly fine, even after a period of 40-50 years. I’m now starting to see that the Trip 35’s lens isn’t the most contrasty ever, especially when the sun sneaks behind the clouds, so I’m happy that I’ll be able to shoot slide film in here.
Armed with that knowledge I took the Trip 35 to Wales with me to shoot a few rolls of Velvia 100 and am very happy with the results (I’ve been posting them for the last few weeks). The more I use this camera the more I love it. At $8.00 from a thrift store it was a real bargain too, and one that I’m happy I sprung for. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised that it did so well with slide film since that’s what people were shooting back when the camera was being made, but it’s nice to know that after such a period of time it still has what it takes.