Forks of Buffalo
The weather on July 4, 2015 looked a bit better than it had been the previous three days, so I hopped in the truck with an Olympus OMPC loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, and brought along two Olympus lenses (Zuiko Auto-Zooms 35-105 1:3.5-4.5, and 65-200mm 1:4). My wanderings looking for good light finally put me on US-60, where I followed it into Amherst County, VA.

I was mainly wanting to re-test the metering system of the camera, since the last time I used it (on Program, and Auto) the exposures were all over the place. This time I used it on Manual, with center-weighted for the first few frames, then switched on the ESP for the rest of the roll. I didn't see much difference between the two systems, but exposures weren't as far off as before, with quite a few being right on.

Forks of Buffalo is at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Buffalo River, which starts in Amherst County, VA, and empties into the James River at Norwood in Nelson County.

There's not much at Forks of Buffalo, just a few homesteads, a fairly new bridge on US-60 over the river, and what looks to be a former general store which housed a Post Office. And 72 acres of land for sale, including the old store.

I wound up only using the 35-105mm, as it was adequate for what I was framing, though the 65-200 would have been the better choice for a couple of exposures.

The other thing about the camera is I treated the coverings for the seep that ruins most of these. I cleaned it very thoroughly with Isopropyl Alcohol, and coated it with Armor-All automotive interior treatment. It handled the heat and humidity very well, and my fingers did not feel like they had something on them.

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