Just arrived at the club

Just arrived at the club
Canon PowerShot S95
2015

The Columbia Club is the best-known private club in Indianapolis. It is arguably the most visible, as well, given its prime location on Monument Circle in the heart of Downtown.

Its current building was completed in 1925. Designed in the Tudor style, it features a gothic arch over its entrance.

Margaret and I stayed here once, in early 2020, when her company held their annual party there. (The company’s owners are members.) I shared photos from that visit here.

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Photography, Preservation

single frame: Just arrived at the club

A photo of the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.

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Lexington Cemetery

Military graves in Lexington Cemetery
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
2021

Lexington National Cemetery is a one-acre section of Lexington Cemetery containing about 1,700 graves. It was created in 1861 for Civil War dead. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the graves are arranged in concentric circles around a central memorial.

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Photography, Travel

single frame: Military graves in Lexington Cemetery

A scene from the military section of Lexington Cemetery.

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Photography

The round barns of Fulton County, Indiana

I can’t believe that when my friend Dawn and I made our tour of Fulton County’s round barns ten years ago that I didn’t upload all of my photographs to Flickr. I uploaded photos of only one round barn, the one below. Dawn and I got to tour it. I wrote about it here.

Round barn

Fulton County has eight round barns, though I’m sure it used to be far more. Several of the barns are easily seen from county roads.

Round barn

A few of the barns are on the Fulton County Museum site. This is one.

Round barn

This is another. On the day we visited, they were celebrating old tractors and there was a bit of a fair/flea-market atmosphere.

Round barn

A couple round barns were partially hidden from the road. We weren’t about to trespass to get better photographs, but that didn’t prevent one property owner from driving out to warn us away.

Round barn

This final round barn is the pro shop for the golf course in Rochester’s Lakeview Park. It was built in 1910, but received extensive renovations when it was moved to the park.

"Round barn"

Most of these barns were built in the 1910s after Purdue University began recommending them. They were efficient and economical in their time. For an explanation of why, check out this article at the Fulton County Historical Society.

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Photography

I’ve reduced the price of my two photo books. Each is now available for just $12.99.

I published both of these books through Blurb.com, which takes a huge cut. At this price, I’m making only a couple bucks per book. I just want to put more copies into peoples’ hands, as both books are lovely and deserve to be seen!

Exceptional Ordinary: Everyday Photography with the Pentax ME

Exceptional images can be made with even the most ordinary 35mm SLR. The Pentax ME certainly qualifies as ordinary, with its middling specifications and features. Yet I’ve done some of my best work with this camera and the great Pentax lenses that mount on it, and I want to share some of that work with you.

Preview the book here.
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Textures of Ireland

When I shot black-and-white film on a long visit to Ireland, I had no idea it would yield photographs so rich in detail you want to touch them. In my book, when you do touch the photos you will be surprised that your fingers can’t feel the textures.

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Sale price on my two photo books

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Photography

The wind turbine farm along I-65 in northwest Indiana

Not long ago I exchanged blog comments with someone in which I mentioned the multitude of wind turbines along I-65 in northwest Indiana. I thought I’d made some photos of them, but I couldn’t find them in my Flickr space. That would be because I didn’t upload them there. While continuing with my project to delete photographs I no longer want to keep — duplicates and failures — I came upon my photos of the wind farm. I made them while driving to Chicago in late summer of 2011.

Yes, I made these photos while I drove. I shot indiscriminately, vaguely aiming my Canon PowerShot S95 out the window while I kept my eye on the road.

Wind turbines
Wind turbines
Wind turbines
Wind turbines
Wind turbines

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Flowers

Flowers
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA
2017

I had trouble getting this 28-80 zoom to deliver consistently good results on my Pentax K10D DSLR. That lens was from the film era and would have been right at home on one of Pentax’s autofocus film SLR like the MZ-30. For whatever reason, it wasn’t a good match for this DSLR. So I bought the lens that would have come with a K10D in a kit, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL. It’s a match made in heaven.

I’ve sold the K10D and that 18-55mm lens. Now that I own the Nikon Df, I won’t use the K10D anymore. I’m pleased that it goes to someone who will put it to excellent use.

I still have the 28-80 lens, however, because someday I’ll try Pentax’s autofocus SLRs.

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Photography

single frame: Flowers

Flower shop in Zionsville.

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