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National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

On this 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, I refer you to the short piece I wrote several years ago about my memories of it. I was not quite two when it happened, so those memories are jumbled and dim, may have been partially implanted by stories my parents told, and primarily involve the major oil company that sponsored it on TV. Read Apollo 11

And now, this week’s best blog posts:

💻 Tesla offers a $10,000 bounty for serious bugs found in its cars. Sam Curry can attest that it’s for real: he found a security vulnerability, and Tesla paid up. It helps a lot that Sam is a software security expert. Note: technical explanation ahead. Read Cracking my windshield and earning $10,000 on the Tesla Bug Bounty Program

💻 Ever been to Azerbeijan? Gerald has and returns with some cracking black-and-white images from a town there called Baku. Read Baku In Two Hours

💻 N. S. Palmer on how being part of a larger group that shares something in common with you helps you feel like the world makes sense. Read Turn Strangers Into Friends

💻 I tried my hand working in startup software companies from 2013-2018 and had some miserable outcomes. I might not have had I gotten to read Dave Kellogg‘s great article about how to choose a startup. Read Career Decisions: What to Look For in a Software Startup

📷 Peggy Anne found a nice Voigtländer Vito B and put it through its paces. Read Voigtländer Vito B

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I’ve been writing about New Harmony all week — but for those of you here just for the doors, it’s a historic town in the southwestern tip of Indiana. Its founders tried, and failed, to build a utopian society here. Today it’s both a typical small Indiana town and something of an artist’s colony. It makes for a lovely long weekend, as my wife and I found out recently. And now, herewith the doors of New Harmony.

Around New Harmony
Around New Harmony
Around New Harmony
Working Men's Institute
Around New Harmony
Episcopal church
Episcopal church
Opera House
The Roofless Church
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Thursday doors: New Harmony, Indiana

Some of the doors from New Harmony, for the Thursday Doors feature.

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Around New Harmony

Margaret and I try very hard to get away four times a year for a three-day weekend, just the two of us. The concentrated us time really does our marriage good.

Chicago had become our default destination when we decided to mix things up a little. Our last trip, to Bardstown, Kentucky, showed us that small-town outings could be just as fun and much more relaxing.

I’ve always wanted to visit New Harmony, population about 700, in the southwesternmost county in Indiana. I tried once before, on an epic 2007 Spring Break tour with my sons of historic and scenic Indiana places. But it poured down rain the whole time. We drove around the town but never got out of the car.

New Harmony has a fascinating history. Twice in the early 1800s, groups tried to build utopian societies here, one religious and one not. Some of their buildings still stand. We didn’t dig into that during our stay — we wanted to experience New Harmony as it is now and just have a nice time. If you’re interested, this article tells the story in compact form.

A nice time we did have in New Harmony. We rented an 1840s cottage but due to something there being out of order found ourselves upgraded to an enormous four-bedroom house built in about 1860. I’ll share photos of this lovely home in an upcoming post. Renting a house let us bring food with us to make our breakfast and lunch, which let us save a little money, eat more healthfully, and relax through our mornings.

We brought our bikes with us and rode all over this little town, and then halfway through the trip decided it was no trouble really to walk anywhere we wanted to go. We serendipitously enjoyed live music two nights and met many interesting people, some from New Harmony and others visitors just like us.

The only things we wished were different about our trip related to restaurants. Only one restaurant is open in town on Sunday night, and it’s the town’s nicest and most expensive place; we really wanted a light bite in a cozy nook. We also wished menus more easily accommodated our various dietary issues, as we’re used to in the big city.

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single frame: Main Street, New Harmony

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All this week I’m sharing single-subject photo series I’ve made.

The very first series I made was of an office building in which I used to work. It was just like any other office building anywhere. But it was the one I walked into every day, and I often had an old camera with me, so I shot it frequently.

I was very happy working here until the big company bought us and ruined everything.

Sunrise across the anonymous office building

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Anonymous Office Building

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000, Fujifilm FP-3000B

Anonymous office building

Olympus Trip 500, Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

Anonymous office building

Olympus Trip 500, Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

Anonymous office building

Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Pentax K1000, 50mm f/2 SMC Pentax-M, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building double exposure

Kodak Tourist, Kodak Plus-X

Anonymous office building

Minolta Hi-Matic 7, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Agfa Optima, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Kodak Pony 135, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Kodak Pony 135, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous Office Building

Canon AF35ML, Fujicolor 200

Double exposure

Argus A2B, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros

Anonymous office building

Kodak Retina IIa, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Pentax ME, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax, Kodak T-Max 400

Anonymous office building

Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Kodak Portra 160

Anonymous office building

Olympus XA, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Minolta 110 Zoom SLR, Fujifilm Superia 200 (expired 12/2003)

Anonymous office building

Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80, Kodak T-Max 400

Anonymous office building

Nikon N65, 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor, Fujicolor 200

Psychedelic anonymous office building

Argus Matchmatic C3, Fujicolor 200

Anonymous office building

Polaroid Automatic 250, Fujifilm FP3000-B

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Anonymous office building

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All this week I’m sharing single-subject photo series I’ve made.

The subject I’ve photographed by far most often is the shed at my old house. It was certainly easy to reach: just step out the back door.

It was in middling shape when I moved in, and it deteriorated from there. I finally invested in stabilizing and repairing the structure, at which time its blue hue gave way to tan.

All week I’ve shared pretty much every photo of each subject, but not this time, as I photographed the shed a whopping 51 times. Here are the 28 I think are most interesting — to the extent a shed is interesting. These are roughly in chronological order.

My barn

Kodak Signet 40, Fujicolor 200

Barn door

Kodak Signet 40, Fujicolor 200

Barn

Minolta Hi-Matic 7, Fujicolor 200

Shed double exposure

Kodak Tourist, Kodak Plus-X.

Barn

Pentax ME, 28mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-M, Kodak Ektar 100

Barn

Ansco B2 Speedex, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros

Barn

Canon Dial 35-2, Fujicolor 200

Barn

Yashica-D, Kodak E100G

Shed

Voigtländer Vitoret LR, Arista Premium 400

My shed

Canon Canonet Junior, Kodak Gold 200 (found in camera, expired)

Shed redux redux

Kodak Monitor Six-20, Kodak Gold 200 (expired, processed as b/w by mistake)

Shed

Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Efke 100

Shed

Olympus Stylus, Kodak Gold 200 (expired)

Shed at dusk

Polaroid Colorpack II, Fujicolor FP-100C

Shed

Yashica Lynx 14e, Kodak T-Max 400

Open Shed

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000, Fujifilm FP-3000B

Shed and Brush Pile

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000, Fujifilm FP-3000B

Shed Again

Olympus 35RC, Fujicolor 200

Shed

Kodak 35, Kodak Plus-X (expired)

Goodbye, ash trees

Canon PowerShot S95

Shed

Minolta Maxxum 7000, 50mm f/1.7 Maxxum AF, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

Locked

Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Eastman Double-X 5222

Shed

Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X 400

Shed with a light leak

Pentax IQZoom EZY, Kodak Gold 400

Shed

Minolta AF-Sv, Fujicolor 200

Fence gate top

Nikon FA, 50mm f/1.8 Nikon Series E, Fomapan 200

Shed

Argus C3, Fujicolor 200

My shed

Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Konica Chrome Centuria 200 (x 12/2003)

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My old shed

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All this week I’m sharing single-subject photo series I’ve made.

While I was married the first time, I broke a side-view mirror of my wife’s beloved Corolla coupe. Her aging sporty car’s bright red finish had gone chalky, so it didn’t make sense to buy a shiny new mirror. I called around to junkyards looking for a donor car, and only Wrecks, Inc., had one. When I got there, a gruff man behind a counter looked up the part in a book and grunted a price at me. When I accepted, a small, scruffy fellow appeared and led me to a beat-up little truck with no doors. “Get in,” he said, and we sped off. As the truck bounced its way through the yard, I clutched the dashboard just trying to stay inside the truck. Finally he found the car. He couldn’t figure out how to remove the mirror, but since I had just removed what was left of the one on my wife’s car I took his tools and did it myself. Then it was back to holding on for dear life as we drove back to the counter, where I paid for my prize.

Wrecks, Inc., went out of business several years ago, but its great sign still stands. It’s kind of a local landmark on old US 52 just northwest of Indianapolis. It used to light up at night in red and green neon, but today the tubes inside are broken and hanging loose.

The town of Whitestown has since annexed this land and plans to build a community campus here. I’m sure it’s a matter of time before the sign is removed. With any luck it will find its way into a private sign collection or perhaps to the American Sign Museum.

We Meet by Accident

Palm Pre

Wrecks Inc

Kodak Brownie No. 2 Model D, Kodak T-Max 400

Wrecks

Kodak EasyShare C613 Zoom

Wrecks Inc

Pentax Spotmatic F, 35mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar, Kodak Ektar 100

Wrecks

Canon A2e, 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF, Fujicolor 200

Wrecks

Canon A2e, 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF, Fujicolor 200

Drive Carefully

Pentax H3, 55mm f/2 Super Takumar, Kodak Gold 200

Wrecks

Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X 400

Wrecks

Kodak Baby Brownie, Efke 100

Wrecks, Inc.

Miranda Sensorex II, 50mm f/1.8 Auto Miranda, Kodak Ektar 100

Wrecks, Inc. and the Lafayette Road

Canon PowerShot S95

Wrecks, Inc.

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III, Agfa Vista 200

Wrecks

Nikon F3, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor, Kodak 400 High Definition (x-2007)

Wrecks

Nikon F3, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor, Kodak 400 High Definition (x-2007)

Wrecks

Nikon F3, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor, Kodak 400 High Definition (x-2007)

Wrecks

Kodak No. 2 Brownie, Model F, Kodak Ektar 100

Wrecks

Kodak No. 2 Brownie, Model F, Kodak Ektar 100

Wrecks

Olympus XA2, Agfa Vista 200

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Wrecks, Inc.

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