Reflecting in the retention pond

Reflecting in the retention pond
Pentax H3
55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar
Agfa Vista 200
2018

My new book, Vinyl Village, shows the good, the bad, and the ugly about my neighborhood, which is typical of American suburbia. When I conceived it, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I had a hit piece in mind. But the more I walked this neighborhood looking deeply at it, the more I realized that the developers and builders merely designed to an aesthetic, with certain tradeoffs, while working within some heavy constraints (such a the high-voltage power lines that cut through).

Indeed, some aspects of this neighborhood are quite lovely. They made the most of the retention ponds. Here’s one.

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single frame: Reflecting in the retention pond

Homes reflecting in a retention pond, on Agfa Vista 200.

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Power tower

Power tower in color
Minolta Maxxum HTsi
35-80mm f/4-5.6 Maxxum AF Zoom
Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400
2021

The high-voltage power lines that cut through my neighborhood fascinate me. I photograph the towers a lot, usually in black and white. But here’s a color shot I made with the Minolta Maxxum HTsi, a competent AE/AF SLR. Read my review here.

You’ll see a lot more of these power towers in my new book, Vinyl Village. It’s a comprehensive look at this neighborhood as a typical American suburban subdivision. It’s just $9.99! Learn more and get a copy here.

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single frame: Power tower in color

A power tower, on Fuji Superia 400.

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Boone County Courthouse

Boone County Courthouse
Kodak VR35 K12
Ultrafine Extreme 400
Ilford ID-11 Stock

I don’t like Ultrafine Extreme 400. I’ll be glad when I shoot through my stash. No matter what developer I try it in, I get muddy images with unattractive grain that obscures fine details.

The Kodak VR35 K12 I used for this photo was a recent impulse purchase. It’s not a bad camera for what it is, a mid-80s 35mm point-and-shoot. A review is forthcoming.

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single frame: Boone County Courthouse

The courthouse in Lebanon, Indiana, on b/w film.

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We still get lovely sunsets here on the western edge of Zionsville overlooking the highway and the Toyota dealership. Lately, they’ve been more subtle than striking. Here are all of the ones I photographed since last time I shared these. See my sunsets tag for more.

Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Nikkor Special Edition
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Sunset over the Toyota dealer
Nikon Df, 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Nikkor Special Edition

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Sunset over the Toyota dealer: 6

Some sublime sunsets that I photographed from my back yard.

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Outdoor seating at Auberge

Outside seating at Auberge
Apple iPhone 12 mini
2021

Auberge is a French restaurant on Zionsville’s Main Street. Margaret and I had dinner here not long ago, sitting on the patio out front. Margaret was eaten alive by mosquitoes, unfortunately.

On another evening, Auberge wasn’t busy and their patio was empty. The light and scene were lovely, so I captured it on my iPhone.

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single frame: Outside seating at Auberge

A look at a restaurant’s patio in lovely light.

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Under the Artsgarden

Under the Artsgarden
Canon PowerShot S95
2021

On my Ride Across Indiana, the National Road brought me through Downtown Indianapolis. It’s Washington Street there, and where it intersects Illinois Street it passes under the Artsgarden. It’s a glassed dome that serves as a pedestrian walkway and a place to perform and display art. It’s been here since 1995.

I’ve photographed it from the front and the side many times — type Artsgarden into my blog’s search bar to see — but never from underneath. I made this photo from the saddle of my bike at what is roughly the halfway point across Indiana.

I’ve driven the National Road from its beginning in Baltimore, MD to its end in Vandaila, IL. To read everything I’ve ever written about it, click here.

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Photography, Ride Across Indiana

single frame: Under the Artsgarden

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