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Minolta X-700 with Kodak Pro Image 100

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My February film from the Casual Photophile Film Club was a roll of Kodak Pro Image 100 which was a little disappointing since I had gotten the same film from the during 2020. It’s not the first time I’ve gotten the same film from them in a short span of time.

I had yet to shoot the roll I got in 2020 so having 2 rolls prompted me to use the first roll. I decided to try it in my Minolta X-700.

I shot this roll on 3 occasions.

The first occasion was a walk Holly and I took to and from and along the Gray’s Ferry Crescent. I had taken some pictures that same outing with my Minolta Hi-Matic 11. When I finished a roll in that, I switched to my X-700, using my Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 lens.

We really love the Schuylkill Banks Trail, of which the Gray’s Ferry Crescent is part. They’ve been working on extending the trail and are in the process of repurposing an old swing bridge into a pedestrian crossing over the Schuylkill River and connect to Bartram’s Garden.

Schuylkill Crossing at Grays Ferry Construction
Schuylkill Crossing at Grays Ferry Construction

We also saw that the University Motor Inn is being demolished. Built in 1960, it had served as a motel, a dormitory for the University of Pennsylvania, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, and a halfway house for work-release offenders. PECO, our local electricity utility, had placed an eminent domain claim on it so I’m assuming it is they who are tearing it down. We had gotten a close look at that very cool, mid-modern building one time when we went on a boat tour of the Schuylkill River. It’s a shame seeing such a unique building being torn down.

Demolition of the University Motor Inn
Demolition of the University Motor Inn

I posted other pictures of this building in my Two Cameras One Kind of Film post.

Here are my other photos from that walk that I took with the X-700.

Red Pipe
Red Pipe
Graffiti under a Bridge
Graffiti under a Bridge

My second outing with this roll was another walk along the Schuylkill Banks, this time, an after work walk on the part of the trail that goes from South Street to Christian Street which is a relatively new addition to the trail. Someday, the trail will continue from Christian to the Gray’s Ferry Crescent. Currently, we need to walk along Gray’s Ferry Avenue to get to the Crescent so it will be nice to be able to have a continuous walk along the river.

Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
Sunset along the Schuylkill River
Sunset along the Schuylkill River

My final outing was a walk around our neighborhood taking pictures of buildings. During a prior walk, we had come across a large building, which I believe is the backside of the Academy of Vocal Arts. It has ground level doors but also door on the second story right above them. I wanted to go back to take a picture and also took some pictures of local houses.

For this walk, I switched to my Quantaray 28mm f/2.8 lens.

Door above Doors
Door above Doors
Red Door
Red Door

I like the way the pictures turned out and am glad to have a second roll of the Pro Image to try in a different camera.

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