While we were in Madison in October, we came upon this 1966 Pontiac Bonneville convertible parked on Main Street. I was shooting my Pentax KM with a 35-70mm f/4 SMC Pentax-A lens attached and Fujicolor 200 inside.

1966 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Pontiac Bonneville

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Old Cars

1966 Pontiac Bonneville on Fujicolor 200

A study of an old car, on film.

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As autumn descended on Indiana in October, Margaret and I took our cameras on a long hike through Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. This park is quite large, so much so that people sometimes mistakenly think it’s a state park. In fact, it’s an Indianapolis city park!

Eagle Creek Park is an easy drive from our home in Zionsville, and we visit two or three times a year to hike. Autumn is by far the most beautiful time to do that.

I made some photos there with my Nikon Df and the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor lens attached.

Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park
Autumn in Eagle Creek Park

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Autumn at Eagle Creek Park

Autumn color in a large Indianapolis park.

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When Margaret and I visited Madison, a town in southern Indiana right on the Ohio River, in October, I brought a lot of film. One roll was Fujifilm Velvia 50 in 120 that I loaded into my Yashica-12.

Autumn colors were in full display that weekend, and the sun was out in a partly cloudy sky. It was a terrific time to be shooting Velvia.

Here are the photos from the roll that I like best.

The Joy house
Downtown Madison, Indiana
Downtown Madison, Indiana
Horror festival
Autumn accoutrement
Livery Stable
House in Madison, Indiana
Lanier Mansion, Madison, Indiana

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Madison, Indiana, on Fujifilm Velvia 50

Some brilliant color transparencies, scanned, from a visit to an old Indiana city.

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See Rock City

See Rock City
Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor
2022

On State Road 67 just north of Spencer, Indiana, you’ll find this red barn. Rock City features enormous ancient rock formations and the ability to see seven states from atop Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. A number of barns in many states were painted with advertisements like this for Rock City during the attraction’s early days.

I follow the blog of David Jenkins, a professional photographer. One of his major projects was to photograph every Rock City barn that remained. He used paper records that Rock City kept and drove all over to find and photograph them all. He published a book of his photographs called Rock City Barns: A Passing Era. The book is out of print. You can find them used on Amazon but I think David might still have some new copies he’d be happy to sell you. Check out his blog here.

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single frame: See Rock City

An Indiana barn advertising a tourist attraction in Tennessee.

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The Lockerbie Square neighborhood in Downtown Indianapolis was platted between 1847 and 1850, making it one of the city’s oldest surviving neighborhoods. Its streets are lined with older homes, some which date to near the neighborhood’s founding. You’ll also find the only surviving cobblestone street in Indianapolis there.

Margaret and I went there on a photo walk one Saturday afternoon not long ago. I had a film camera along and gave it plenty of exercise, but I photographed the doors of Lockerbie Square with my iPhone 12 mini.

Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square

Here’s that cobblestone street. It lasts just one block. On this street is the home James Whitcomb Riley lived in for the last two decades of his life. Riley was a beloved writer and poet, most famous for his verses in the Indiana vernacular of the day. Riley commanded enormous crowds wherever he would speak in the Hoosier State.

Lockerbie Street
Lockerbie Street

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Thursday doors: Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis

The doors of Lockerbie Square, one of Indianapolis’s oldest neighborhoods.

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Tin ceiling

Tin ceiling
Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor
2022

It’s tradition when my friend Dawn and I take a road trip that we stop for ice cream along the way. There has never failed to be an ice cream shop, even if it was just a Dairy Queen, on every road trip.

Our road trip tradition was annual from 2006 until the pandemic interrupted it. This was our first post-pandemic trip, and it felt great to be on the road again.

We explored all of the oldest alignments we could find of Indiana State Road 67 southwest from Indianapolis. When we reached Worthington we found the Route 67 Ice Cream and Diner. Inside we found a shiny, sparkling tin ceiling. It looked so good that it had to be brand new. I brought my Nikon Df to my eye to make this image. I assume that the lighting fooled the meter, turning the ceiling gray. But I love the look. Check out all of that detail!

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single frame: Tin ceiling

A brand new tin ceiling in a small town diner.

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