Photographs

13 motel signs

Flamingo Motel
Dunreith, IN; Canon PowerShot S95\
Effingham Motel
Effingham, IL; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Richmond Motel
Richmond, IN; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Altamont Motel
Altamont, IL; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Moon-Lite Motel
Versailles, IN; Canon PowerShot S95
Kenrose Motel sign
South Bend, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z30
City View Motel
Richmond, IN; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Walker Motel
Putnam County, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Sunset Motel
Villa Ridge, MO; Canon PowerShot S95
Baker's Motel
Norwich, OH; Canon PowerShot S95
Munger Moss Motel
Lebanon, MO; Canon PowerShot S95
South Bend Motel
South Bend, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
40 Motel
Columbus, OH; Canon PowerShot S95

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Photographs

17 lit neon signs

Duckpin Bowling
Canon PowerShot S95
Wagon Wheel Motel
Canon PowerShot S95
Sudden service
Pentax ME, 50mm f/2 SMC Pentax-M, Fujicolor 200
Moon-Lite Motel
Canon PowerShot S80
Old Style Inn, Logansport
Kodak EasyShare Z730
Palace Theater, Crossville, TN
Canon PowerShot S95
Mason's Root Beer
Canon PowerShot S80
US 50 in Brownstown
Canon PowerShot S80
Felke Florist
Canon PowerShot S80
Fountain Square at night
Canon PowerShot S80
The Saratoga
Minolta X-700, 50mm f/1.7 Minolta MD, Fujicolor 200
Hinkle Hamburgers
Canon PowerShot S95
Howard Johnson's
Canon PowerShot S95
Ford driving under the Chevrolet sign
Pentax ME,50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M, Kodak Tri-X
Oasis Diner
Canon PowerShot S95
Blue Chicago sign
Minolta Maxxum 5, 35-70mm f/4 Maxxum AF Zoom, Kodak T-Max P3200
Falls City Theatre Equipment Co.
Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

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Road Trips

The Green Lantern on the National Road/US 40 in Illinois

I’ve written about the National Road in Illinois many times before. But as I work to deprecate my old Roads site, I need to bring a few articles about the road in Illinois from there to here. This is one of them. This is based on recent research and a visit in 2007.

As we came near to Effingham we could see a tall neon sign in the distance. As we got closer, we could see that it was grand.

Green Lantern

Sadly, the building behind this sign had burned about a month earlier, on the night of June 5. It had stood since 1938, first as a bar, then as a fine dining establishment, and most recently as a roadhouse of sorts. For many years, it was the only place on US 40 for several states that was open Sunday nights, when it drew crowds from a hundred miles away.

Green Lantern

The owner pledged to rebuild, but it never happened. In 2014, the site was sold to someone who maintains it as an investment. I looked the site up on Google Maps (it’s here). The last time a Google Street View car drove by, which was in 2019, someone was selling yard sheds on this lot.

I hope this great sign was saved!

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No Outlet

No Outlet
Agfa Clack
Ilford FP4 Plus
LegacyPro L110, Dilution B
2021

Now that my new (used) dedicated 35mm scanner has solved my problem getting good scans of my 35mm negatives, I’m less satisfied with the medium-format scans my flatbed delivers. These scans are miles better than what my flatbed can deliver with 35mm negatives, but they’re still not great.

With this roll, I played around with VueScan’s built-in film profiles. VueScan has a paltry selection of them, far fewer than what rival SilverFast offers. There was no Ilford FP4 Plus profile, for example. But I tried the Kodak T-Max 100 profile, and it immediately balanced the contrast in these negatives.

The Clack is capable of better sharpness than this. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get good sharpness from my flatbed. Could it be the device itself? Or is it the software; should I try SilverFast? Meh, bleh, what a pain. It’s just easier to send my film to the lab and let them deal with it.

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Film Photography

single frame: No Outlet

A sign I photograph a lot because it’s right by my home.

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Wrecks, Inc.

Letters suspended in air
Kodak Monitor Six-20
Ilford FP4 Plus
LegacyPro L110, Dilution B

2020

I put some film through my Kodak Monitor in November. It’s the last camera I’m evaluating in Operation Thin the Herd, my project to shrink my camera collection to a manageable number.

You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether the Monitor stays or goes. I write this blog in advance and that many posts are simply in the queue ahead of it. I try to always have at least two weeks of posts scheduled. But it has the unfortunate side effect of time-shifting my work. That post will show trees with leaves still on them — leaves that fell off within a week of snapping the shutter.

Sometimes I move scheduled posts to later dates so I can show you photos I’ve recently made. But at the end of the year I always write (or rerun, as this year) a couple Christmas-themed posts, do my annual list posts of old parked cars and favorite photos, and post my annual recap post. It obviously doesn’t make sense to move those to January!

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Film Photography

single frame: Letters suspended in air

Letters on a giant neon sign.

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The Saratoga

The Saratoga
Kodak EasyShare Z730
2009

Not long ago I showed this sign in my lit-neon single frame series. I found this photo from my 2009 tour of the National Road (US 40) in western Indiana that shows the sign in its context. It’s a pleasing scene from downtown Terre Haute.

Terre Haute is a blue-collar town of about 60,000 people. That’s big enough that you can’t know everybody, but small enough that after you live there for a few years the locals are largely familiar to you.

When I lived there, I used to stop by a little diner downtown for breakfast. Most days the county sheriff ate at the stool next to me. We’d nod and smile as he sat down. I worked with a fellow then who went on to be Terre Haute’s mayor now. This is how life goes in a city of this size, and I miss it.

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Photography

single frame: The Saratoga

Outdoor dining at The Saratoga in Terre Haute.

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