Don’t let appearances deceive

My family is doing its part during this coronavirus pandemic — we have eliminated all but essential excursions to places where people might be.

Over the next few weeks this blog will feature posts where it might look like I’m still out and about. But I write most posts well in advance. I have at least a month’s worth of posts either already written and scheduled, or being drafted. You’ll be seeing stuff I’ve been doing for weeks and weeks leading up to our shared isolation.

A couple more posts are in the queue from our January trip to Chicago. I’m currently writing a few posts related to a Michigan Road project my wife is undertaking. That project took us to Shelbyville, a city southeast of Indianapolis, a few weeks ago.

Sanders Jewelry, on the Michigan Road in Shelbyville, Indiana

I’ve also taken several photo walks around Downtown Indianapolis, Carmel, and Zionsville. I’ve yet to share photos from most of those walks.

When I run out of that material, I’ll shift to bringing more of my long-ago road trips here from my old HTML site. I will probably also start making photographs around the house and as I take walks around the neighborhood. Hopefully that will give me more to share as well.


16 responses to “Don’t let appearances deceive”

  1. J P Avatar

    Some tastes of the old normal are appreciated.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They’ll keep coming for a while.

  2. Khürt Williams Avatar

    It’s ok to go out for walks alone or with your familky. Just physically distance yourself from non-family members.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The explorer in me really wants to take a road trip some Saturday during isolation — nobody will be out there and I’ll have the road to myself. The only fly in that ointment is needing to go into a gas station when nature calls!

      1. Dan James Avatar

        Jim, you need a camper van (I think you call them an RV over there) with a built in toilet!

        Might be a good time for us photo bloggers to revisit some old photographs from the archives and give a fresh take on where they were taken, what they were taken with, why we made them etc. We often see our older photos with a different perspective years later.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’ve considered going back to my oldest negatives from the modern era and seeing if I can get better results from rescanning them. I got cheap processing in the early days and the scans were bleh, meh, and feh. That might be interesting to try.

          I’m also looking at doing a lot of macro work around the house, in b/w, which I can develop myself. I have a great 55mm Micro-Nikkor and I also have a couple zooms that have macro modes.

          A small RV would definitely facilitate road tripping! Especially longer trips — sleeping in the RV would be way cheaper than hotels. But one key to successful road tripping is driving tiny, maneuverable cars because you never know when you’ll end up on a narrow old road somewhere.

          1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

            I don’t have an archive going back anything like as far as yours, but even photos taken just a few years ago can benefit from a fresh lick of paint I’ve found. It’s surprising just how much your post-processing skills can improve (and your processing tastes change!) without you really noticing. The fact that my Plustek does a much better job of 35mm scans than my Epson V550 is a bonus too.

          2. Dan James Avatar

            American RVs don’t usually meet the description tiny and maneuverable! Now I’m thinking of that Robin Williams RV film, ha ha.

        2. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’m slowly updating all of my old road-trip posts here and I’m pulling many of the photos (mostly digital) back in to Photoshop to use my much improved skills. It’s materially improving those photos. So I sort of look forward to scanning some old negs and seeing what I can do with them!

        3. Jim Grey Avatar

          Dan, if VW only still sold a camper van in the US!

          1. Dan James Avatar

            Jim, there must be plenty of used ones around? Didn’t they continue to make them until relatively recently in Mexico or something?

      2. Jim Grey Avatar

        The newest of them available here are pushing 20 years old and are super expensive on the used market. Have a look.

  3. DougD Avatar

    Working from home, our VPN system is surprisingly robust with everyone out of the office.
    Stay safe man, nice to get a little slice of normal in these days.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I can do 99% of what I need to off the VPN so I’m just using my home computer and my nice comfy workstation at home! Hope you’re able to find some joy in these interesting times.

  4. analogphotobug Avatar

    Working from home like the rest of you. And I blog about a month ahead. So I’ll have posts coming out for a while. Also going to remote park areas like this weekend, to keep my distance from folks. But I have to get out or go crazy.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My meeting schedule at work has been a tyranny lately and it’s kept me in. I need to get outside soon!

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