Back in 1997, I loaded up my 1996 Ford Bronco with my family and headed West. We didn’t take a map, we weren’t in hurry and leisurely drove wherever we thought would be of interest and fun for the kids.
The only camera I packed was my bullet proof Minolta x570 and three lenses. A JC Penny 35-70, JC Penny 70-200, and a Minolta 50 1.7. This image is shot handheld with the 50 1.7, probably a f8 or f11 on Fuji G film.
The JC Penny lenses I later learned were manufacturer by Vivitar and sold to JC Penny under private label. The quality of which was absolutely first rate. I still have them. Back in the day, JC Penny had an extensive professional camera department, as most department stores did in the late 70’s. I miss that today.
My trip lasted about 6 weeks, covering Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, California, Oregon and Idaho. I shot over 100 rolls of film, and have recently been scanning and printing them. This one was just selected at random. It’s not perfect, but not bad for a quick grab shot! Makes me want to order some fresh 35mm film and head out West.
The image below was scanned full frame using a Minolta DiMage 5400 dedicated film scanner, no adjustments applied.