Last weekend, I spent a morning here at Holliday Park in Indianapolis near Broad Ripple. I found this place when browsing Google Maps for places to photograph in and around Indy. The ruins that make up the centerpiece for this park caught my attention. These Indiana limestone statues that sit atop the columns here in the park used to reside on Broadway in New York City as the facade of the St. Paul Building. When they decided it was time to renovate, the sculptures were donated to the park that was under construction here in Indy. The sculptor is Karl Bitter and the park is need of help to realize the vision that was intended for these works of art. The reflecting pool is dry and the installation seems to be crumbling away in what is an otherwise beautiful park. Though the ruins make a cool photo, I think it would be even cooler to see them displayed properly. If you want to learn more about the plans for the park and the strange journey these sculptures have made please visit here.
Thanks to digital photography, there are no regrets in stopping to take a quick photo of a scene like this. I find myself doing this often as I stroll through the streets of a new city. It’s scenes like this, small vignettes, that simply point to the character of a place, that sometimes tell more of a story than a wide open photo of some of the great architecture or landmarks of that location. I like those as well. But I keep going back to many of the “quick takes” from my batch of photos and finding many that I really like.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Settings: 58mm Focal Length, 1/20 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 800
Single shot, hand-held here with image stabilization ON. This about exceeds the limit for any hand-held shots at 1/20. I still had fair sharpness overall where I wanted. This was processed entirely in Lightroom. I used The Split Toning feature in LR to get the vintage color effect. I have always loved that feature.