Sunset at the fair

Sunset leaving the State Fair
iPhone 6S
2017

At Christmastime last year I got an email offer from the Indiana State Fair to buy tickets at an incredible discount. So I bought four. Naturally, come July I’d forgotten all about it. Another email offer came to buy more discounted tickets, and I bought four. And then I discovered the email confirmation from the Christmastime purchase. Indiana State Fair, I’m wise to your ways now!

Margaret and I and some of our kids used six of the tickets the day before my 50th birthday. I figured I’d never make time to use the last two tickets, but then a Thursday evening opened up unexpectedly while the Fair was still running. Margaret and I headed right down there after work.

It was a lovely, cool evening. The sun had almost finished setting as we were leaving. This was the view across infield parking. Typical of Indiana sunsets, the colors were lovely. What made it remarkable were some unusually low clouds that the fading light silhouetted.

This day I brought no good cameras, as Margaret and I just wanted to soak in the fair and in each other. Thank heavens for my ever-present iPhone.

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single frame: Sunset leaving the State Fair

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Ukuleles

Ukuleles orange, blue, green
Canon PowerShot S95
2017

The Indiana State Fair is underway and I’ve already been twice. I go every year; it’s a personal tradition.

We were wrapping up our first visit as we came upon this booth with lots of cheap stuff for sale. The fair is always a great place to find bold color in unexpected places!

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single frame: Ukuleles orange, blue, green

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On Illinois Street

56th and Illinois
Pentax K1000, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax
Kodak Gold 400
2017

Margaret and I keep walking Indianapolis neighborhoods, considering where we might like to settle after we’re empty nested in a few years. The neighborhood around 56th and Illinois appeals deeply to me.

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Photo: Street scene, 56th and Illinois, Indianapolis

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On Illinois Street

Planter box on Illinois Street
Pentax K1000, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax
Kodak Gold 400
2017

I think every film has its use. I just hadn’t found the right one for Kodak Gold 400 yet. I just haven’t liked the color I get when I use it. But it yielded surprisingly good color in my K1000 with this 55/1.8 lens. It’s still truer-than-life Kodak color, saturated, candylike. But it captured the dusky hues here pretty well, and that’s not something I expect from consumer-grade Kodak film.

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Photo: Planter box on Illinois Street.

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At the playground

At the playground
Olympus XA, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
2012

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Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan
Nikon N65, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6-G AF Nikkor
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
2012

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