I hadn’t been to Metamora since the late 1980s, and even then, my memory of the place was poor. So I was curious to see it again in early November when the various Indiana byway organizations, including the Historic Michigan Road Association, met there for our biennial conference. Metamora is a very small Indiana town, population less than 200 — but it is well known as a tourist destination for its shops and restaurants. It stands along three one-time major transportation corridors: the Brookville Road, the Whitewater Canal, and the Whitewater Valley Railroad.

I was testing a new-to-me old SLR, a Pentax ME SE, with my 50mm f/1.7 SMC Pentax-M lens. I’ll write a proper review of the camera after I’ve put a few more rolls through it. On this day, I shot Kodak Max 400 at EI 200. The camera’s meter seemed to be reading about a stop of overexposure, but the film’s wide latitude covered for it.

Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana

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8 responses to “A visit to Metamora”

  1. J P Avatar

    The only times I have been there have been to rent a canoe for a day on the river, and that’s been quite awhile ago now. We never explored the town itself, but it looks like a pleasant place to spend some time.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I saw a canoe rental place down the road from here that looked mighty defunct.

  2. Doug Anderson Avatar

    Your choice of film and exposure worked very well with the colors of the little town. A refreshing alternative to the garish HDR look so popular these days.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      “the HDR look” like most phones shoot natively these days.

  3. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    I think I read on “wiki” that the town proper population is now 188 people! Could that be true?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I believe it. This isn’t a large place.

  4. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    You have really captured a sense of place in this series, I feel like I have just walked around the village with you!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Steve! I appreciate that compliment.

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