Flowers

Flowers
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA
2017

I had trouble getting this 28-80 zoom to deliver consistently good results on my Pentax K10D DSLR. That lens was from the film era and would have been right at home on one of Pentax’s autofocus film SLR like the MZ-30. For whatever reason, it wasn’t a good match for this DSLR. So I bought the lens that would have come with a K10D in a kit, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL. It’s a match made in heaven.

I’ve sold the K10D and that 18-55mm lens. Now that I own the Nikon Df, I won’t use the K10D anymore. I’m pleased that it goes to someone who will put it to excellent use.

I still have the 28-80 lens, however, because someday I’ll try Pentax’s autofocus SLRs.

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Photography

single frame: Flowers

Flower shop in Zionsville.

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Margaret and I spent last weekend in and around Lexington, Kentucky. It was our first getaway as a couple since our trip to Bardstown last October, and hoo boy, did we need this. Even though both of us have had our first COVID-19 vaccination shots, we still took steps to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus: we rented an Airbnb to avoid hotel lobbies and so we could make our own breakfast, and we took the rest of our meals at restaurants but outside. We did a few distillery tours, wearing masks. But mostly, we walked around Lexington with our cameras.

The Gratz Park neighborhood is just northeast of downtown, with Transylvania University on its northeast edge. It’s a small neighborhood of ten city blocks and a park. Established in 1781, many of the homes and other buildings here were built in the first half of the 1800s.

Here now, the doors.

Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY

Here are a couple photos that take a wider view, so you can get a feel for the neighborhood.

Gratz Park, Lexington, KY
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY

Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-4.5G AF Nikkor

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Thursday doors: Gratz Park, Lexington, Kentucky

The early-1800s doors of Gratz Park, Lexington.

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The view from Crown Hill

Indianapolis from Crown Hill
Canon PowerShot S95
2011

This is the view from the highest elevation in Indianapolis. This spot is inside the sprawling Crown Hill Cemetery — indeed, this spot is atop Crown Hill itself. That’s where Indiana’s poet, James Whitcomb Riley, is buried.

Indianapolis’s skyline isn’t as rich as that of more major cities, but it is distinctive. The tallest building is Salesforce Tower, previously Chase Tower, previously Bank One Tower, originally American Fletcher Tower.

Photography

single frame: Indianapolis from Crown Hill

A view of Indianapolis from the highest elevation in the city.

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Wet winter street

Wet winter street
Minolta Maxxum HTsi
35-80mm f/4-5.6 Minolta Maxxum Zoom
Ilford HP5 Plus
LegacyPro L110, Dilution B
2021

I made this photo just a few weeks ago, and now it’s essentially spring. This same scene is dry, with grass greening up, daffodils and crocus in bloom, and buds appearing on the trees.

We have a saying in Indiana. Maybe you have a similar one where you are. “If you don’t like the weather here, wait five minutes.”

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Film Photography

single frame: Wet winter street

Melting snow on a small-town street, on Ilford HP5 Plus.

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Recycled

Recycled
Minolta Maxxum HTsi
35-80mm f/4-5.6 Maxxum AF Zoom
Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

2021

We got one of these enormous recycle bins recently.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never recycled at home before this. Only a little embarrassed, because I’m not convinced that home recycling is going to change the world. But at least we’re now making an effort not to add to the vast islands of plastic currently floating in our oceans.

I would have continued not recycling were it not for Margaret. It bothered her a lot that we weren’t doing it, so she asked me to call the trash company and ask for a bin. It came the other day. Good heavens, but is the bin huge. It takes up a lot of space in the garage.

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Film Photography

single frame: Recycled

Green recycling bins on Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400.

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Bridge over the St. Joseph River at Leeper Park

Leeper Bridge
Kodak EasyShare Z730
2008

Of all the bridges I’ve documented, this is one of my top favorites. It carries Michigan Street, former US 31, over the St. Joseph River in South Bend. Built in 1914, its 56-foot-wide deck was unusually broad in its day. Even today it carries two lanes of traffic in each direction, which certainly helped it survive. Starting in 1917, it carried State Road 1; in 1926 it began to carry US 31. A great deal of traffic passed over this bridge over the years. Had it been able to carry only one lane of traffic in each direction, it would have been insufficient and would have been replaced long ago. Even though US 31 was rerouted onto a bypass of the city many years ago, this road remains a highway as State Road 933 today. It carries about 31,000 vehicles each day.

Bridge standards evolve over time, and today this bridge’s 56-foot-wide deck is considered intolerable for that volume of traffic. I’m sure it survives primarily because it is in fair condition overall, according to its last inspection. I hope it gets good maintenance so it can keep serving, because it’s a beautiful bridge. Many excellent views are available in Leeper Park, which hugs the south bank of the river here on both sides of the bridge.

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Photography, Road Trips

single frame: Leeper Bridge

A beautiful concrete-arch bridge north of downtown South Bend.

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