We still get lovely sunsets here on the western edge of Zionsville overlooking the highway and the Toyota dealership. Lately, they’ve been more subtle than striking. Here are all of the ones I photographed since last time I shared these. See my sunsets tag for more.

Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Nikkor Special Edition
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
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Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Nikkor Special Edition

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Sunset over the Toyota dealer: 6

Some sublime sunsets that I photographed from my back yard.

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Like a pineapple from the sky

Over the years as my wife and I have made our occasional trips to Chicago, I’ve used Google Maps to try to find good rates on hotels in the Loop. In Millennium Park, something large on the ground always reminds me of a pineapple.

Imagery ©2021 CNES/Airbus, Maxar Technologies, Sanborn, US Geological Survey, USDA Farm Agency. Map data ©2021 Google.

It’s the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell. On the first night of this trip, we saw the Grant Park Orchestra play three popular selections here. The concert was free if you wanted to sit on the lawn — and I didn’t, because at my age sitting on the ground for more than about five minutes sends me right to the chiropractor the next day. So we paid $25 each for seats.

A side note: I love going to the symphony. I have since college, when I was once invited to see the Terre Haute Symphony play. I’m no connoisseur of fine music, but I thought they did a smashing job.

I’ll never forget the conductor’s unusual name: Orcenith Smith. When you have a last name as common as Smith, only a first name as out-there as Orcenith will compensate. Orcenith is still with us; he is a Professor of Music at DePauw.

Anyway, as much as I enjoy live orchestral music, I manage almost never to go. I guess I just like staying home.

But we were unfettered and at large in Chicago. This opportunity presented itself, and we went. As my phone led us to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, I didn’t remember that it was the giant sky pineapple. But when we arrived, it was clear that it had to be.

We went back the next day for some photographs. As with all of the photos from this Chicago trip, I used my Nikon Df and the cheap 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor lens that came with the Nikon N65 film SLR I used to own. That cheap lens ain’t bad.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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A visit to the 2021 Indiana State Fair

Well, this post was originally scheduled to go live on Tuesday, but there was a glitch and it went live immediately. I pulled it, but then thought better of it and am putting it back up. Today is the last day of the State Fair anyway so it’s appropriate.

Before my kids grew up and launched into independent adult lives, we went to the Indiana State Fair every summer. It lasts most of August every year. Our last visit was in 2017 — and this year, I decided I wanted to go because I enjoyed it. Margaret and I went on the Saturday after my birthday. I ate a giant smoked turkey leg and fried walleye, and bought a big bag of kettle corn. I managed to forget my other State Fair tradition, which is to have some soft serve at the dairy barn. Drat it! Next year.

I brought my Nikon Df along, to which I had mounted my giant 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor lens. I got that lens with the Nikon N65 film SLR I used to own. Keeping the lens but not the body was the right call, and I love it that it mounts natively on the Df. At 70mm this lens provides about a 1:1 view of the world. Once in a while I had to back up a little to put my subject fully in frame, but only once in a while. At 300mm it feels like I can see halfway across the fairgrounds! This isn’t Nikon’s finest lens in either its optical design (distortion abounds) or its build quality (it’s a giant hunk of plastic, even its mount), but for days like this I’m very happy to own it.

Here are a bunch of images I made that day.

Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Indiana State Fair 2021
Photos from the 2021 Indiana State Fair.

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Ohio Street Beach

single frame: Lake Shore Drive
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
2021

Lake Shore Drive is a busy Chicago artery that, as its name suggests, follows the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s also US 41 along the majority of its length, as this sign reminds.

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single frame: Lake Shore Drive

A look at Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

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Music high in the air

Sundays on State

On our recent Chicago trip, on Sunday morning we found a few blocks of State Street closed for a street party. There were games, and public art, and food, and some pop-up shops with various wares. We didn’t stay too long but we did walk through a few times to make some photos.

Sundays on State

This guitarist was way up in the air in an enormous dress, right in front of the iconic Chicago Theater. Another young woman was busy drawing some sort of mural on the skirt.

Sundays on State

When I walked around behind her, it was apparent how all of this works. The guitarist climbed a stepladder up into her perch, and poked her head out the top! Somebody surely had to hand her guitar up to her.

Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor

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People using the Chicago Lakefront Trail

It’s the laziest kind of street photography: sit in a spot with your camera aimed in a direction, and press the shutter when something interesting enters the frame.

We were in Chicago, sitting next to the Chicago Lakefront Trail where it passes by the Ohio Street Beach, which is adjacent to Navy Pier.

I set my Nikon Df to Live View so I could compose using the screen, and held the camera at belly level. My 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor lens was attached, allowing me to zoom in and out as I pleased.

Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach

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