Debra and I were out to dinner the other night. Upon leaving the restaurant we were blasted with this magnificent sunset. Giant clouds and the whole sky was lit up. The chase was on as we rushed towards home to find a good spot to shoot. The problem with living where we are is that there are building and trees everywhere so it’s hard to get a good shot without wires and building. Lucky for us the sunset continued for a while and we pulled into our neighborhood. There is a lake and a building we affectionately call the Pyramids in our neighborhood. I always have a camera in the car so I got and went to take this shot. The camera is the Fuji X100F. Fast and easy to use and it gave me a great image. Just to be safe I did take one on my iPhone. My wife got a lovely image too with hers being lower to the water. It’s not too often we see sunsets like this.
This has been a fun week of photography. I have had the chance to use the finest camera in the world as well as photographing in some of the best buildings in Indianapolis. The image above was shot at the Carmel Performing Arts Center with the NEW Phase One 100MP camera on an ALPA camera with a 23mm lens. This a rather interesting rig to shoot with. I tethered the camera to a Mac laptop and individually fine tuned the images as it was taken. This is an unusual shot as it shows the whole concert hall from the stage floor to the ceiling. The detail in this image is incredible.
It’s a nice time of year. I will enjoy today with family and friends. I have my youngest son with us while on leave from the Navy. My middle son will hopefully join us by the weekend. My oldest is still deployed to the hot spots in the mid-east and I wish him a safe Christmas day. I will be cooking up a Beef Wellington for everyone tonight along with a Waldorf salad. I love to cook and it should be fun. Christmas day is a rest day. Maybe a movie or two and just relaxing. I wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas.
The fourth of July in America is a time for celebration, parades and cook outs. I plan to them all today and celebrate at the end with fireworks over Indianapolis. This image was made last year at the Carmel, IN fireworks.
On the way to the ball game in Indianapolis last week I saw this shot of a sculpture with the new Marriott hotel behind it. I lined it up in the viewfinder and shot. I like the contrasting colors and use of space. I will definitely go back and spend a bit more time with this view.
This is a motorcycle with a story. And, you will have to visit Jerry, see previous post a day or so ago to learn the story. I have a few other shots made of the displays Jerry has in his shop and you’ll see them sometime soon.
On my Sunday drive we stumbled upon Sheridan, IN. Very interesting town in so many ways. A photographers dream too as I made a series of good images there. We found the Vintage Motorcycle Supply store and it was open. The Owner Jerry Ficklin was a real nice guy with a lot of stories to tell. Debra and I photographed in the store for well over an hour listening to Jerry’s tales and just having fun. I’ll definitely visit Jerry again. Count on seeing more images from his store too. Shot was made with the Nikon D800e and wide angle lens.
Every now and then my friend Debra and I get in the car on a Sunday morning and decide if we are going to go North, South East or West. Once decided we head off to that direction with the ipad for mapping and we target backroads and small towns. We are looking for the unusual, the abandoned, the rusty and the interesting people that present themselves alone the way. There is a lot of “did you see that?”, or “stop”, “turn around”. Last Sunday was a gold mine for us as we visited a few towns within driving distance of home. This image was made a gigantic train yard that has seen its better days in Franfort, IN. This old abandoned train round house. I like this image as it kind of shows loneliness and the clouds and BW treatment add to the drama. More images will be coming form this train yard.
I have shot hundreds of fireworks shows and frankly I was getting kind of tired of the same old stuff. Then I started this project called Around Carmel and thought it would be cool to have the Perfroming Arts Center in the foreground of a picture with fireworks going off all over. A few phone calls later I found myself on the rooftop of the Tarkington building with one of the best locations in town to see the fireworks. It was a perfect place to shoot and I came out with a lot of good images. The one above is one of those.
I love what I call Sunday Photo Day. This past Sunday June 30th Debra and I headed to the Indiana Transportation Museum. I have been shooting there for year and there are all these old trains and some of them have the most beautiful rust and decay. Did I mention I like rust and decay? So here is the first of many I took that day. I hope in the coming weekends I can go out and shoot more there. I haven’t even begun to capture all of what is there. I’ll post more here over the coming weeks.