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An Awesome Day for New Oaks Academy Middle School

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“It is the dawn of  a new era” at the Oaks Academy. July 7th was move-in day for the new Oaks Academy Middle School at East 1301 E. 16th Street. A small army of workers from Fed Ex, Cathedral, & Oaks Alumni, friends and families generously spent their day moving three semi-truck loads of furnishings. These sopping wet workers labored in the rain to get the job done. They were awesome…we were so glad to be there to record the event.

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Drumstick Dash 2013

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Gerry and I had a nice start to our Thanksgiving. We participated in the Drumstick Dash (4.3 mile route through Broad Ripple) with a record number of runners and walkers, !8.000 +. If has a great cause serving as a fund raiser for Wheeler Missions located downtown. As we were leaving we had a young man make our photo on my iPhone. He nailed the shoot with the Drumstick Car on our left and the Finish line to the right in the distant. Way to go to the young lad where ever he is. My thought for this season, “spend less on your own interest and be a blessing to others in need”

In Search for a Background in Downtown Indianapolis

It’s Friday evening and Gerry and I were  enjoying a bike ride in downtown Indy….what a beautiful evening. We are actually on a mission to find a good skyline view to use as a background to photograph a group of ten attorneys next week. I took this on my iphone and cooked it with “Dynamic Light” app on my phone.

ps.  Too bad the attorneys weren’t here this evening!

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The Cultural Trail is here at Bass Photo

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The cultural trail has arrived in front of Bass Photo! You know, it just showed up one day. Not really. There was six months of dust and a bit of traffic congestion but it was well worth it.

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It was interesting to watch the workman make this path with one paver at a time. When you think about it that is how we get things done in life, “one paver at a time”. As you can tell we are excited. We have said for years we are in the last under-developed quadrant within the mile square here in downtown Indianapolis. But now it is taking on a whole new wonderful appearance and feel.

Kathy Planting Flowers

Kathy sprucing up Bass Photo

This last Saturday we did our Spring flower planting at the studio. How nice it will be to have these wonderful colors and shapes greet us each morning. Our building faces East so the morning sun through the trees sprinkles patterns of light all over the front. We so enjoy being part of the downtown business community.

Our flowers is one little way we can add a moment of pleasure for customers and passers by. Often it is little things in life that add a whole bunch of pleasure i.e. first cup of morning coffee, early morning quiet time, dinner and a movie with my dear heart, a visit with our son, taking our three grandchildren out to dinner, riding the Cultural Trail on our bikes, planting flowers at Bass Photo and the “small things” list goes on and on.

Have a wonderful summer and we hope you take a lot of photographs and enjoy the little things.

Kathy & Gerry Abel

Here is Bass Photo today

Bass Photo Spring 2012

Bass Photo Spring 2012

and here is Bass Photo in the “30s

Bass Photo in the '30s

Bass Photo in the ’30s

This Image Came Out of Nowhere

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Men at the Bar

Men at the Bar

Sometimes you discover an image buried deep within the raw data of a digital file. I discovered one the other day. I was covering an event and as I passed the bar I saw a scene that tickled my interest. I fired off a few exposure. It was extremely dark and very little detail appear on the back of my camera. It was the next day as I was downloading that job that I came upon an image that was so dark it was barely recognizable. I clicked on the file (I wouldn’t called it an image, yet) hit the “D” (Develop) key in Lightroom™ and moved the exposure slider to the right. Suddenly, magically, it came to life. I can well remember those days in the darkroom watching an image appear through the liquid in the developer tray. It was magic then, in the digital darkroom it is still magic. Enjoy the image “Men at the Bar”.

Shooting with an Ultrawide Lens is not for the Faint of Heart

Indiana State House

East Entrance to the Indiana State House on a snowy winter’s day 2010

We had  just purchased a 14 – 24 2.8f  Nikkor for our full frame digital Nikon D3,  and had been waiting for a clear day with pretty skies and some snow. Fortunately, it came on a weekend, Saturday, February 16th.  We were wanting to photograph some Indianapolis downtown scenes. As it turned out we spent our time around the Indiana State House and the Indianapolis Circle. Kathy concentrated on the Circle, shooting  her Nikon D300 with an 18 – 200 3.5f  Nikkor. What a fantastic walk-about lens. She bagged herself a  image using a very evocative portion of the  Indianapolis Circle to frame the the Indiana State House dome. Also, note the beautifully displayed unfurled flag. She titled her image “Staying Vigilant”. Clearly an image full of symbolism. Kudos to Kathy.  I found myself intrigued by the Indiana State House and how my new ultra-wide might handle it. It worked perfectly,  seeing the entire Indianapolis Statehouse rather then having to stitch panned images together. It did one of two things its does well, getting as much into the picture by  having a wide angle of view. Nothing breathtaking, but  the ultra-wide lens allowed me to be close enough to see the entire breadth of the State House without the buildings on each side of me blocking my view.   I mention two things an ultra-wide lens does well. To me, the more exciting use of a lens like that is moving “ultra-close” to your point of interest and getting a wonderful, weird perspective. The key is being extremely close to your subject. In the case of the posted image “Man with a Purpose” I was three feet away from the base of the statue. Amazing! I think that perspective made possible with that lens creates a very dramatic exciting image. What do you think?

Well, We spent two hour shooting, hit Giorgio’s on the Circle for a fantastic calzone, Starbuck’s for a cup of java and homeward bound.  What a great morning of shooting. Now off to our digital darkroom. Be well, everyone.