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Abandoned Industrial Complex

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Well, this weekend was a mixed bag; Saturday was great, but I was sick all day on Sunday, making it a colossal waste of a beautiful day. I didn’t ride my bike at all over the weekend, and I’m kicking myself, because it’s looking like a rainy week. I drove to work today. In hindsight, I could have ridden my bike, since it wasn’t raining. I care a lot less if I get wet on my way home from work, so long as I’m dry when I get here.

Anyway, I told Sarah that Saturday was a testament to the true greatness of our relationship, because we spent the afternoon in Bedford, Indiana, a smallish nearby town mostly filled with rednecks and the self-proclaimed “Limestone Capital of the World” — and we had an absolutely awesome time. Driving through Bedford is pretty surreal, because it’s row after row of tiny, nearly-identical (and possibly manufactured) homes.

The main thing we did was photograph an abandoned building, or set of buildings, which I’m calling an “Industrial Complex” since I don’t know what it really was. We thought for a while that it might be IMCO Recycling, but as far as I can tell, that’s still open and about a block away from where we were.

Industrial zone
An overview of the area. The building on the right is the main one we photographed.

I’m getting better at, and more interested in, taking photos with my lens in the wide angle position (zoomed out). I also used my circular polarizer quite a bit. I got lazy about putting it back on after using my infrared filter later on, and I wish I hadn’t because the polarizer really makes for some deep colors and great contrast.

The corner of the building. I’m loving that polarizing filter!

Like the night sky
Looking inside, the ceiling has lots of holes that resemble stars.

I also did some infrared photography. Really, this whole outing was a bit different, as I used my tripod for a lot of it. I don’t usually do that, preferring the flexibility of shooting with the camera in my hand. However, sometimes it’s good to force yourself to spend more time setting up the shots. I took fewer photos than I normally would in a situation like this (only 110), but a larger number of them were usable. The tripod also allowed me to use settings that yielded optimal images, instead of using a large aperture all the time to allow me to hand-hold the camera.

Infrared tracks and industrial complex
The railroad tracks and the side of the building, in infrared.

Industrial curtain
Another infrared view of the building.

I saw that I could easily get inside the building, so I did so. Sarah stayed outside, and I can’t blame her. It was pretty creepy in there — the wind was making some glass panes and metal sheets move, making it sound like there was somebody else there. I sort of wish I had stayed inside longer and explored more, but I was getting a little nervous about it.

The entrance — I stepped on the fence near the big pipe to get in.

First glimpse
A first glimpse of the inside

Industrial complex
Looking into one of the many rooms in the building.

Some yellow “windows.”

There was another awesome building across a courtyard behind where I was. I wanted to check it out, but didn’t want to leave Sarah by herself for too long, and at this point, I could hear voices. I now believe they were coming from the IMCO Recycling plant, which seems to be right behind this.

Building/conveyor belt behind this building

I made a pinhole “lens” for my camera on Friday night by drilling a hole in a spare body cap, taping some aluminum foil over the hole, and poking a tiny hole in the foil with a sewing needle. It doesn’t take great images, but then again, that’s not really the point of it. Here are a couple.

Industrial complex (pinhole)
Pinhole view of industrial complex

Water tower
Water tower

After all that, we drove around the area a bit, hoping to find somewhere else to shoot. We didn’t, but we did make a stop at the Dollar General store in Mitchell, Indiana (which I like to call the runt of the Bedford litter). We also drove toward Loogootee, but didn’t go all the way there.

I also have some cross-processed photos from this outing and last weekend. I haven’t had a chance to scan those yet; I’ll post them when I do. That also contains some interesting portraits of Sarah and Rob (our dog).

Last weekend

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Friday and I still haven’t written about the photography or bike rides from last weekend.

On Saturday, Sarah and I went to Lake Monroe to spend some time outside and take some photos. I took some infrared photos, which I hadn’t done for a while, and they turned out pretty well. Overall, the Paynetown area of Lake Monroe doesn’t provide the greatest photo opportunities, but it felt great to be outside, and it was warm and sunny.

Water on mars
This looks like water on Mars to me …

Parking lines
Lake and parking lot in infrared.

The water level was very high, to the point where parts of some docks and beaches were under water.

These stairs went right down into the water.

On Sunday, we went back to an area we’d been to before and shot some abandoned buildings. There were inhabited neighboring buildings nearby, but we’re getting a little more confident. Nobody bothered us.

Abandoned House II
An abandoned house from Sunday’s outing.

Abandoned House I
The other abandoned house, in Infrared

After that, we drove around for a while, eventually ending up in a small town called Coveyville. I would’ve liked to have checked it out more than we did, although sometimes it’s good to do a cursory overview first, and then go back later and try to fill in some of the details. When we do go back, I want to go to the Covey Cemetery, and I think there might be another one there. We checked out Donica Church, but it wasn’t the small, quaint, old building we were hoping to see. I stopped at a fork in the road at the top of a hill to get some shots, since there was a good view.

View from the fork in the road.

Haunted land
Haunted land.

I road about 21 miles on the road on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s ride was in two parts: first, a test of the commute route I had planned … all went smoothly. The second was out Russell Road to State Road 45, which I then took further out and took Mount Gilead Road back. I’ve ridden Mt. Gilead many times before, but I went in the opposite direction this time. The huge hill was even more impossible in this direction, and I had to walk part of the way. You can see this route on Bikely.

Sunday’s ride was out Smith Road to Snoddy Road like I’ve been doing, but then I went out Rhorer to Harrell to Handy, and eventually ended up by the Monroe County Water Purification Plant, which I didn’t even know was there. I encountered a weird redneck hippy guy who asked me for directions. I attempted to help him, but probably wasn’t too helpful. Then, I went down a big hill and found a park and some boat docks I didn’t know existed. This was a cool ride, and I definitely need to explore that area more. View the route on Bikely.

Pyramid Ruins

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

As I mentioned previously, I found a Web site with some information about, and directions to the ruins of what was to be a 1/5-scale replica of the Great Pyramid of Cheops and a 650-foot copy of the Great Wall of China, both made of limestone. The project was started, but never finished.

Sarah and I went there on December 27 to check it out. What we found was a bit disappointing — pretty much just large piles of limestone, and the rusted trucks mentioned on the site above were nowhere to be found.

Still, we found one building we couldn’t identify — it seems to be some kind of barn-like structure, except that it doesn’t look like one. Maybe someone out there knows what its purpose might be:


We did find some cool piles of limestone:

As well as a great view of the neighboring quarry. It really looked like a world of its own. I did an experiment with the Orton Method with this photo, and I kind of like the effect:
Quarry (Orton experiment)

Here’s a neat shot of the gravel drive that ran alongside the ruins:
Gravel drive

Finally, a Limestone and Rust abstract shot, for good measure:
Limestone and rust

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