Backpacking the Linville Gorge – Roll 1


So early Tuesday I called the Post Office and had them hold my package instead of delivering it so I’d have it for camping, the guy on the phone wasn’t too happy about it, but he held it so it was all good. Camping went great all in all. The Linville Gorge, more specifically Shortoff, is a beautiful area and if you’re near the NC Appalachian Mountains I highly suggest you go for a day hike or backpacking there.

But on to the negatives and the real reason you’re all here, film photography. The camera came loaded with film when it arrived so I had no idea whether or not it was expired so I shot with that and a second roll of my own. I thought I knew how to load the film but apparently not, so I ended up not shooting anything on the second roll which is pretty depressing but at least I now know how to load film properly.

Most of the photos that I did get back came out overexposed or a little blurry. I’m having a tough time properly focusing the lens and getting a clear with the viewfinder. But I’ve posted a couple of the photos below. The quality on the scans is terrible especially on the first one from the trip, from now I’ll probably just get the scanned cd at Walgreens or I might invest in a new scanner.


Thanks for reading,


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One thought on “Backpacking the Linville Gorge – Roll 1

  1. Hi John. Thanks for the like on my Vivitar W&S post, which brought me to your blog. Your experience sounds a lot like mine when I decided to go to film/classic camera about a year ago now, though I was going back to it after several years of digital. If you’re into walking/camping I can really recommend the Vivitar as although it is a ‘junk’ camera it’s so small and light you can always have it in a pocket and a wide lens, of about 21mm, would cost many time more for a classic SLR or rangefinder. It goes everywhere with me now. I have yet to solve the scan problem and for the purposes of putting pix on internet I’m finding the local processing shop does a better job, and of course a lot faster, than I can. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the scanner (I have two ‘good’ scanners – an Old Minolta Dimage Scan II and an Epson 4990, both used with the much recommended VueScan to no avail and searching internet just brings up a lot of conflicting advice); it seems to be a black art. I’ll be following you to see how you get on.

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