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More Downtown Indianapolis from the Olympus OM-1 on Kodak ColorPlus

I had so much great luck shooting around Downtown Indianapolis with Kodak ColorPlus in my Olympus OM-1 with my 50mm f/1.8 F.Zuiko lens that I get to share a whole second post of images with you.

The generous folks at Analogue Wonderland sent me this roll of film to try, in exchange for this mention. If you like what you see here, you can buy Kodak ColorPlus from them here.

This will be a random tour of places within walking distance of my Downtown office. I’ve been keeping a loaded camera in my desk for times when I can break away for 30 minutes to get some air and make some photos.

I met my brother for drinks and dinner one day after work along Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass Ave as we like to call it. This street runs at a 45-degree angle from the city grid, heading northeast. Over the last 20 years it’s transformed from being mostly run down into a hot destination lined with bars, restaurants, and shops.

Mass Ave

Stout’s Shoes has watched Mass Ave change considerably since it was founded here in 1886. Here’s the company’s story.

Stout's

The Sears building on Mass Ave hasn’t been Sears in decades. The first floor has been one grocery store or another for as long as I can remember. The upper floors are offices.

Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The space in front of the City-County Building, the seat of Indianapolis and Marion County government, used to be a boring plaza. That was torn out recently and a public park of sorts has gone in. These covered swings just opened a few weeks ago.

Swings at Lugar Plaza

Over on Monument Circle, I walked up the long stairs to the monument itself and shot the Columbia Club building, which this statue overlooks. The ColorPlus really saturates the earth tones.

Copper roof

These funky flowers are growing in pots all around the Circle.

Red flower

Here’s a street scene in front of Circle Tower on the Circle’s west side. Circle Tower is architecturally my favorite building on the Circle. It has lots of Art Deco touches.

Ambrose

On a cloudy day I walked down Washington Street to get the big, blue JW Marriott hotel. It’s an unusually bold architectural statement for an otherwise staid town.

Looking at the JW

This Five Guys is a half block from my office. It’s in what was once a Roselyn Bakery. Since Roselyn’s went out of business, it’s been a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Pie Five Pizza Co. Here’s hoping Five Guys works out here.

Five Guys

I photograph chalkboard easel signs wherever I see them, especially when they have a humorous message. This one’s a straight-up ad for the coffee inside.

Chalkboard sign

Finally, an old Publix movie house on Washington Street has been used as a community theater for as long as I’ve lived here. It’s a lovely old theater. Here’s its box office.

Box office

I really enjoy my photowalks around Downtown. I’m sure at some point I’ll feel like I’ve exhausted all the possibilities, but that day has not yet come.

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Last updated on 19 March 2020 by Jim Grey

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21 thoughts on “More Downtown Indianapolis from the Olympus OM-1 on Kodak ColorPlus

  1. Terry says:

    I enjoy the shots from your Indianapolis photo walks and your Indiana road trips. The Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau should be paying you. ;-)

  2. Really pleased to hear you’re enjoying ColorPlus Jim, as you know it was a staple emulsion for me for years. Those Coke umbrellas look about as good as red can in a photo.

    PS/ don’t know if Analogue Wonderland are reading your posts, but they’re not capitalising on your promotion of them – this film is still out of stock on their website!)

  3. Great shots! I enjoyed these in particular as I recently moved to downtown Indy myself and have been doing an “Exploriation by Perambulation” project and see many things in your photos that I’ve also “discovered” during my walks. I also like that the Lugar Plaza near the City County Building (a <5-minute walk from my place) has a chess table complete with pieces, though I’ve yet to see anyone playing there.

  4. Wonderful images you made. Good to see what a lunch brake can be used for :)

    The OM-1 with its 1.8/50mm lens seem to work fine for you and … you do not complain about the clever Olympus OM way of setting the shutter speed ;)

    • I strained a muscle in my leg a few weeks ago and it’s healing very slowly, or I’d take more lunchtime photo walks!

      I have complained on this blog about the OM-1’s shutter-speed selector, but after putting enough film through this camera I’m used to it now!

      • Hm, what I experience is, that at 50+, things do take a little bit longer to heal.

        Oh, indeed you mentioned the shutter speed ring in your review. What I found, after shooting a couple of rolls, it is really easy to use the ring without seeing the speed setting, as the two small ‘knobs’, when aligned horizontally, always give 1/30s … on each of the OM-x bodies. So you can ‘feel’ the shutter speed you set.

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