On a fall afternoon, I was walking around the South Side taking photos. The P.J. McArdle Roadway, connecting the Liberty Bridge to the South Side was closed due to a neglected railroad crossing bridge that needed refurbishing. I was crossing that bridge when I noticed what appeared to be a couple of workers having a smoke break on top of a building, standing on the top of a piece of heavy machinery. I seemed like a pretty awesome spot to have a smoke break, and a view of the city very few people wlll ever get to see. In fact, the building they were standing on top of no longer exists! It’s an empty lot.
Normally, back in 2004 when I took this photo I would be carrying a film camera along with a digital point and shoot. I am lazy when it comes to processing film. It takes a great deal more time to prepare an image from a film negative than a digital camera, and that’s the main reason I have a huge backlog of digital images from point and shoot cameras to weave into my collection I am sharing with you.
This camera, the HP 945, had a very powerful zoom lens. If you could deal with a bit of distortion and the fact this isn’t the beast of a light gathering powerhouse as a 400mm Nikon prime lens — it meant I could carry my normal wide angle landscape / macro lens on my film camera, and use the point and shoot in situations where a long lens made for a better shot. Sometimes these cheap all-in-one zoom cameras with the built in lenses have some absolutely ridiculous optical zoom ranges. Granted, a small lens like that will not gather much light and will distort. Sometimes these cameras are fun to carry around.
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