Tag: trees

  • Goodbye ash trees; goodbye money

    My ash trees are gone. All 21 of them. It changed the view from the street from this (in 2011)… …to this. The company I hired to remove the trees did a marvelous job. They also gave me hardship pricing, bless their hearts. It was still a hard check to write, but based on some…

  • Row houses Pentax ES II, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar Kodak Ektar 100 2015

  • An expensive little bug

    I have enough experience with small engines to know that the sounds my push mower was making were terminal. I lack enough experience with small engines to know exactly what was wrong. It didn’t matter: the engine made a sudden, sickly “hwangggg!” sound and lurched to its final rest. Thankfully, I also have a tractor, so…

  • Snow shadows Nikon F2AS, 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor, Fujifilm Neopan 400 2015

  • Captured: Tree row

    I recently put a roll of Arista Premium 400 through my Kodak 35, a World-War-II-era camera. I knew the 35 would be a capable shooter thanks to Mike Connealy’s review. But when my film came back from Dwayne’s, every frame was hazy and low contrast. Only seven of them could be salvaged. A Flickr comment…

  • Through the branches Sears KS Super II, Auto Sears 50mm f/2, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200 2015

  • A little Christmas wish

    My Kindergarten teacher, Edith Coles, gave these little bell ornaments to all of her students every Christmas. She hand-painted the student’s name, along with hers and the year, on each one. She must have made hundreds of them during her teaching career. Can you imagine the hand cramps? I shared these photos on Facebook, where many of…

  • Autumn strolls through my neighborhood on Fujifilm Velvia 50

    Velvia is born for sunny days. Cloudy days, meh. Or so I found out when I strolled through my neighborhood one overcast afternoon with camera in hand. But this is the only photo I got that shows how the reds, yellows, and oranges frosted the green trees here as autumn began. So you get cloudy-day shots. A…

  • Captured: Flag at Mount Jackson

    It’s called Mount Jackson Cemetery, but it’s on some of the flattest land in Indianapolis. Mount Jackson was the surrounding neighborhood’s original name, going back to the 1820s, but it’s been called Hawthorne for longer than anybody can remember. Poverty, drugs, petty crime — nobody lives in Hawthorne because they want to. The cemetery persists,…

  • Green, yellow, and orange on Fujifilm Velvia 50

    The trees changed color slowly this autumn, often first frosting their tips in red, yellow, and orange while the underlying leaves remained green. This created arresting views all over town. Along the section of Kessler Boulevard that I filmed last autumn stands a big Presbyterian church with a grand maple beside its parking lot. I bollixed the…

  • Autumn in Indianapolis on Fujifilm Velvia 50

    Time was, I couldn’t enjoy autumn. I always looked past it straight to winter, which I hate: the cold and snow, the staying indoors, the heavy clothes and coats. But then a few years ago an autumn of astonishing color yanked me from my gathering funk, and since then I’ve looked for autumn’s color, frequently with a camera…

  • Shooting Fujifilm Velvia 50

    I’ve always been curious about Velvia 50, a slide film. I finally shot some. I started close to home, as usual. First up: my car. Velvia does blue up right. I’ve always heard that Velvia returns super-saturated reds. Wow, how true. These red petals hurt my eyes. This roll shows no signs that it expired in…