After having to drop an unexpected $600 on my car, I had to hold off on buying film, and then had to wait for Kodak to get their new online store up and running. Now that it is, I have my stock of film for this summer,
10x Vision3 50D
5x Vision3 200T
(plus some 35mm film from Cinestill which arrived at the same time)
This is a tribute to Blue, one of my six favorite jeeps (we have six CJs, all 1982-1983, I would have rated Blue in the top three). She was a good jeep, but sadly she’s no more. It’s hard to see a beauty like this go out.
Actually I was the last one to drive Blue, and something in the engine compartment caught fire as I was taking a group down Rampart Range Rd. just above Balanced Rock, exactly a year ago today. You can see in some of the pictures where the fire fed off the paint on the top of the hood. I wish we had spent the money to put her back in commission but sadly it’s not to be, it seems. She’s just sitting at the lot now, there for whenever we need a part to keep the other five CJs running and so far has donated a windshield and a gas tank to other jeeps.
Personally I’d rather drive one of the old carbureted jeeps any day but I’m in the minority. I had many drivers (tired old guys) congratulate me on killing Blue off and asking if I could do the same for Bulldog and the others. Ugh…
I didn’t have my camera with me that day (it’s become a bit of a superstition for me since), but evidently one of my passengers took a pic with her iphone, and one of my fellow jeep drivers got a hold of it. I post it below, but do not own the image:
The legend of Bulldog is that right before it was purchased by our company some 20+ years ago, it was involved in a head-on collision with a Mack truck. The Mack truck was totaled, the only thing they could salvage was the hood ornament, so we took it…and the Jeep came through without a scratch.
Probably not quite a true story, but still an entertaining one. Bulldog is the flagship jeep, and usually driven by Denim who besides driving tours is the resident mechanic. It’s considered an honor to drive the Dog, and this Summer I’ve gotten the honor quite a lot. Most of these pictures are from 2016, with some from 2017. I haven’t even developed anything from this year, which means there are probably a lot more Bulldog pics waiting to be shared…
Our company has I think 20 jeeps at last count, 6 of which are early-’80s Jeep CJ-8 Scramblers, of course the most fun to drive: no nonsense, no frills. That is to say, no automatic transmission, no cloth interiors, no doors or windows, no working gauges, just metal with vinyl seats, easy to hose off when it gets dirty. Bulldog also features a high-torque first gear/reverse and isn’t used in regular driving, just for pulling other vehicles out of ditches. As well, it doesn’t have power steering, which makes it akin to wrestling a bulldog, especially when driving up those all-dirt mountain roads…
I think when I first was looking into shooting bulk rolls for the intermediate photo class Tri-X in 100ft rolls were going for around $125 which made it cheaper to shoot regular 36exp rolls. I don’t know exactly when that changed but I’m happy to see it! Every online retailer I’ve looked at so far is asking $76.5 for a 100ft bulk roll of Tri-X!
It’s almost enough to make me get a darkroom set up! I’m in the process of finishing my photography minor with a 3D studio class, but if I take another photo class before I graduate you can bet I’ll take advantage of this!