Evening light at Oldfields

Oldfields was the mansion of Eli Lilly, who founded a pharmaceutical company that bears his name and still employs lots of people in central Indiana. Today, the house stands on the marvelous grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA is near my home, so I’m over there all the time with camera in hand.

I was out walking the grounds one cool late-spring evening with my girlfriend, two of her children, and my sons. Margaret brought her Nikon D50 with the 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor lens I gave her for her birthday, and I brought my Nikon F2AS with my 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens. I was shooting my first ever roll of Kodak Ektar 100. We lingered for a while behind Oldfields, photographing our teenagers together among these arches. I liked the light here as the sun hung low in the west, and so I paused for this photo. The Ektar really brought this shot home. It was chosen for Flickr’s Explore feature and it got over 5,000 views in two days. That was fun!


4 responses to “Captured: Evening light at Oldfields”

  1. Mike Avatar

    Very nice range of tone in that shot. I think the feeling of serenity is also likely enhanced by the fact that you kept all those verticals perfectly upright.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Getting those verticals upright was the one thing I paid real attention to when I made this photo. Honestly, the light here looks 1,000% better than it did in real life. I’m not sure how that came to be. It was harsher and less warm as I was standing there. This photo astonished me when it came back from the processor.

  2. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    The lighting and composition is perfect , gives the feeling of tranquility,peacefulness and serenity. I really like this photo.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve shot these columns a couple dozen times now – I’m really starting to get to know them!

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