Captured: Shutter and bricks


My favorite thing to do with a new-to-me old camera is take it on a road trip, but I can’t always get away. So I end up shooting an awful lot around my house and yard. I might well have the most-photographed residence in Indianapolis. (I’ve collected all of those photos into this Flickr album!) This is a typical around-the-house photo, as this flat scene lets me test sharpness and contrast. I shot this with my Pentax H3 and a 55mm f/2 Super Takumar lens on Kodak Gold 200. I wish I had exposed a half-stop less to blunt the slightly blown-out whites.

Longtime readers might remember that I’ve shown photos like this one before, and I always lamented the sorry state of my sills and shutters. They badly needed scraped and caulked and painted, but I just dreaded, and procrastinated, the job. I lamented it to my mother early last year — and she brightened. “I’ll do it!” she said. What? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m 48, so you can make educated guesses at my mom’s general age. “Nope. I like doing work like this. You know I can’t stand not being busy!” So my mom came over every sunny day for weeks last spring and summer, climbing up and down a ladder to scrape and paint. And now my sills and shutters are gorgeous! Bless that woman.


4 responses to “Captured: Shutter and bricks”

  1. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    Wow, God bless mothers! And yours in particular. There was a time when my Mom came to my house and spent time paste waxing the 1920s hardwood floors that I had uncarpeted.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      What a mother won’t do for her son.

  2. George Rogers Avatar

    All I can say, Jim lad, is you’re a lucky man!! My wife would kill me if I let my dear old mum do that. Mind you, my lovely wife does use my mum as an excuse to gang up on me……I wonder if I could ask HER mum to have a go?
    Love your blog and pictures Jim. Thank you for this great site.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Well, it certainly helps that I’m not married! Thanks for reading and chiming in.

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