Roll #64: The Colossus of Clout

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

On February 6th, 1895 George Herman Ruth Jr. was born at 216 Emory St. in Baltimore, Maryland. With time, be became colossal in both stature and fame. Eventually he'd be one of the first five to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and later starred (sorta) in my favorite childhood movie---The Sandlot.

This roll has nothing to do with the Babe other than the fact that it too was born in Baltimore and was taken on what many would call a colossus of a point and shoot camera.

For the first time in a while, I decided to start carrying a camera on day-to-day outings. There was no plan, no intent to capture anything in particular, but rather to record moments in time. As I looked at my arsenal of cameras, I knew I wanted a point and shoot. Something simple that wouldn't take me out of the moment to capture an image. The question now became---which one?

I'm a big supporter of using things. Things, for the most part, are meant to be used, not to sit on a shelf or garage collecting dust. This certainly applies to cameras. Unfortunately, over the past years, I had become a hypocrite. One camera (Canon Sure Shot Zoom XL) in particular was purchased, used once, and promptly placed on a shelf. As dust collected on it's black plastic body, so thoughts of selling it became ever-present. When I last used the camera, I found it to be bulky, tricky to use in low light, and missing focus often (check out the roll here). That being said, it was also my second roll of film of my return to film photography, it was my first time using the camera, and it happened to capture one of my favorite images of 2018. Knowing user error was a likely culprit of my less than ideal experience, I decided to take the camera out for one more outing---I'm glad I did.

The camera performed excellently, nailing focus and exposure frame after frame. Like most pieces of machinery, it just took some time for me to understand the quicks of the camera and adjust accordingly. By the time I finished the roll, I found this portly behemoth to be quite endearing.

Things began with a walk towards Paterson Park. It was sunny and warm---not too hot. The trees lining Pratt Street did a decent job shielding us as we trekked towards the Pagoda.

The park was teeming with life. Ducks waddled up and down hills. Frogs warmed up in the shallow boat lake. Squirrels hopped limb to limb, occasionally crashing to the ground in a frenzy of excitement.

The following day we returned to Baltimore to grab some pizza at Izabella's. We ate our pies on the bocce ball courts before wandering around Harbor East and Fells.

The weather once again was perfect---cool even. A welcomed change to what had been a brutally hot and humid summer.

The harbor, like the walkways lining it, was full of activity. Kayakers, sailors, personal watercraft, and water taxis operated in a beautiful harmony.

We hung out on Broadway Pier and watched the sky shift---hues of red, orange, and eventually purple, painted the sky. As we headed back towards the car, the iconic Domino Sugar sign served as the backdrop as the curtains closed on a beautiful day.

Camera: Canon Sure Shot Zoom XL

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

When: September 2020

Where: Baltimore, MD

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