Dog in the bed
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80, Kodak Ektar 100
Dog in the bed
Oldfields was the mansion of Eli Lilly, who founded a pharmaceutical company that bears his name and still employs lots of people in central Indiana. Today, the house stands on the marvelous grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA is near my home, so I’m over there all the time with camera in hand.
I was out walking the grounds one cool late-spring evening with my girlfriend, two of her children, and my sons. Margaret brought her Nikon D50 with the 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor lens I gave her for her birthday, and I brought my Nikon F2AS with my 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens. I was shooting my first ever roll of Kodak Ektar 100. We lingered for a while behind Oldfields, photographing our teenagers together among these arches. I liked the light here as the sun hung low in the west, and so I paused for this photo. The Ektar really brought this shot home. It was chosen for Flickr’s Explore feature and it got over 5,000 views in two days. That was fun!
This photo shows the good and the bad about my Canon PowerShot S95′s low-light capabilities. The good: that it captured this scene at all. The bad: that at the very bottom, if you squint you can see some pixelation where the S95 just couldn’t handle the dark anymore. So don’t squint.
I took this on a sunny afternoon in my bedroom. I don’t typically open the blinds in there; it’s just a place I go to sleep.
The Kodak Monitor Six-20 was on my old-camera wish list for a long time. It is widely regarded as Kodak’s second most sophisticated and well-made folding camera, after the rare and prized Kodak Super Six-20. I finally bought a pristine Monitor for a good price early this year. It was fitted with the top-line Anastigmat Special lens and came complete with its original box and manual. I bought a roll of Ektachrome E100G color slide film and took it shooting. I’ll write more about my Monitor experience in an upcoming post, but let’s just say it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops. I just bought a second roll of E100G and plan to try again soon now that I have a better idea of what I’m doing.
One of the places I stopped to photograph with the Monitor was this scene. I drive by this row of crisply trimmed bushes all the time, but until I had my Monitor in hand had never noticed how the midafternoon sun casts this neat row of shadows off them. I wasn’t sure my shot from the Monitor would be usable, so I came back the next day at the same time with my Canon PowerShot S95 and tried again. I probably took 20 photos of this scene, adjusting and reframing each time until I liked what I saw. Then I cropped that photo to focus on the scene’s most interesting parts.