Drugs

Your future is key
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA
2017

I’ve always thought anti-drug programs that bring up drugs at all are like telling a kid not to think about elephants. That’s the surest way to fill a kid’s mind with pachyderms.

My recent road trip was a major test of my Pentax K10D and the 28-80 zoom lens I had just bought. I wasn’t always happy with this pair’s performance. I’m sure I’m still learning this gear and with a few more serious outings I’ll learn a lot about how to get good results. But I had trouble with near items being out of focus, and with a little chromatic aberration, the latter of which I believe is apparent in this image.

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Their own private highway bridge

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Imagery and map data © 2017 Google

Once upon a time, State Road 37 (also the Dixie Highway) passed through Indianapolis on a two-lane alignment. But as the main artery to Bloomington, I’m sure that traffic could overwhelm such a narrow highway. Over the years, this road, like so many others, was improved.

One improvement was to build a new four-lane expressway between the two cities. The big new road began about a mile west of Bluff Road at the I-465 highway, which looped the city.

But after about four and a half miles the new road merged into the path of the old. The old road was dead-ended.

But there was a house right there at old-road’s end. And the old road crossed Pleasant Run just before reaching it, on a bridge built in 1954. That bridge remains, as does the original concrete pavement which probably dates to the 1920s or 1930s.

Bluff Road

The railing is of a style I’ve not seen elsewhere on Indiana highways.

Bluff Road

This is a reinforced concrete slab bridge; those arches are decorative, not load-bearing.

Bluff Road

At its last inspection it was rated as Structurally Deficient for poor substructure and eroding banks. But given that it serves just one house, I’m sure the city isn’t giving this bridge a second thought.

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Recommended reading

This week’s best blog posts from around the Net are not fake news.

A group of young women making long road trips might not be news today, but it sure was in the 1930s when this group of young women did it. Ed Stembridge, writing for Curbside Classic, has their story — and photos of the Model T they drove. Read Curbside Classic: 1926 Ford Model T Touring Car Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Why should we care about preserving old buildings? Kate Wagner explains it as well as I’ve ever seen, with photos of some lost buildings that, dang it, should have been saved. Read Looking Around: Reflections on Preservation

Film camera reviews and experience reports:

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Fortunately, my first book remains available

I had so hoped to have self-published my second book by now. I have a couple ideas percolating in the back of my head. I’ve even written content for one of them, which I’ve shared here in several posts.

But life has been unexpectedly challenging and I haven’t been able to make these projects a priority. Maybe in 2018.

Fortunately, my first book remains available.

For those of you new to this blog, in April I self-published a book of photographs I’ve taken with my Pentax ME SLR. I bought it on eBay for a mere $16, showing that even the humblest SLR can produce great images.

Click here to see a preview. Click my book’s cover below to buy one on Blurb.com — a paper copy you can hold in your hands for $14.99, or a PDF for $7.99. If you like the photographs I share here every day, I think you’ll enjoy my book.

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Country Marathon

Food center
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA
2017

When you’re on a road trip, especially on a rural road, you stop to take care of physical needs wherever you can. My car’s tank was well less than a quarter full as we passed this little gas station on the old highway somewhere between Indianapolis and Martinsville, so we paused. It’s not often that we encounter such a clean and cheerful station.

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An autumn drive down State Road 45

It’s a surprisingly twisty highway, State Road 45 between Bloomington and Bean Blossom here in Indiana. But then, this is about where the glaciers stopped flattening this state. North from here, roads run straight for as far as the eye can see; south from here, they must follow at times challenging terrain. State Road 45 leads the pack. I’ve photographed this road before, in 2013 (here) and 2006 (here), but never before in the autumn. This overcast but bright day gave surprisingly delicious light for capturing the colors and textures here.

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Indiana State Road 45

Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA 

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