Captured: Pattern with fire hydrant


The Kodak Monitor Six-20 was on my old-camera wish list for a long time. It is widely regarded as Kodak’s second most sophisticated and well-made folding camera, after the rare and prized Kodak Super Six-20. I finally bought a pristine Monitor for a good price early this year. It was fitted with the top-line Anastigmat Special lens and came complete with its original box and manual. I bought a roll of Ektachrome E100G color slide film and took it shooting. I’ll write more about my Monitor experience in an upcoming post, but let’s just say it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops. I just bought a second roll of E100G and plan to try again soon now that I have a better idea of what I’m doing.

One of the places I stopped to photograph with the Monitor was this scene. I drive by this row of crisply trimmed bushes all the time, but until I had my Monitor in hand had never noticed how the midafternoon sun casts this neat row of shadows off them. I wasn’t sure my shot from the Monitor would be usable, so I came back the next day at the same time with my Canon PowerShot S95 and tried again. I probably took 20 photos of this scene, adjusting and reframing each time until I liked what I saw. Then I cropped that photo to focus on the scene’s most interesting parts.


12 responses to “Captured: Pattern with fire hydrant”

  1. vanilla Avatar

    That’s cool.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thank you!

  2. Chris Rowland Avatar
    Chris Rowland

    As soon as I saw that fire hydrant, I thought, “Speedway”! The hydrants in Speedway were always painted that way–I remember them from when I was a kid and would ride my bicycle in the neighborhoods by Meadowood Park.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Actually, it’s a few miles north of Speedway — on Fox Hill Road, just off Michigan Road.

  3. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    The fire hydrant looks like a character from Scooby Doo hiding from a ghost. :D

    1. Jim Avatar

      Hahahahaha! Perfect!

  4. ryoko861 Avatar

    A blue firehydrant? Intersting! Never saw one in that color! Very cool picture! I love the way the care taker trimmed around the top of the bush to accommodate the fire hydrant.

    You should post a picture taken with the Kodak and the Canon side by side.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Hydrants are painted in al sorts of colors here. In my hometown, for years the hydrants were painted as Revolutionary War heroes.

      I’ll do a post about the Monitor one day hopefully soon and will share the bush/hydrant photo from it then.

  5. zorgor Avatar

    Great photo! I really like it! The strong sunlight really brings out the colors and shadows and pattern. All the green, a big splash of blue, dark shadows and touches of red… the colors really work well in this photo.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thanks! As soon as I noticed this scene, I knew it would make a good photo. My Canon S95 does a nice job of rendering color. It’s just a pleasure to use that camera.

  6. Tori Nelson Avatar

    Really cool!

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thanks Tori!

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