indiana

August 6, 2016

I spent the first four days of August in Indiana near Edinburgh, just a little ways north of Columbus. It was a business trip. I flew into Indianapolis and then traveled by rental down to where I stayed at a local Comfort Inn. While I didn’t have much free time, I still managed to use the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm II. The only other item in that camera kit was a battery charger. That’s the lightest camera kit I’ve ever traveled with, and in spite of the maximum f/4 aperture at 14mm, the E-M10’s capable sensor allowed it to work just fine in the areas I found myself in.

On the Monday I arrived in Indianapolis, one of the first images I grabbed was of the 1950 Indianapolis 500 Cummins Diesel roadster, a.k.a “The Green Hornet.” I was walking from the arrival gate to the rental car area when I first saw it. I love that old style of race car and the beautiful green color with bright yellow lettering. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have a photo of it. And there’s a little story behind the taking of this photo.

Because this was a short trip for me I only traveled with my backpack and one carry one piece of luggage. As I said I was exiting towards the car rental area when I passed this car juxtaposed against the jets at the gates behind it and I realized I had to grab a shot. So I dropped my backpack and travel bag on a bench right next to the nose of the car (carefully composed out of camera view) and came around the side facing the windows to grab the shot. Within five minutes a very officious little man came running up asking if that was my luggage, and I answered of course it was. He then  announced in the ten minutes I’d been there that it’d been called in as suspicious to the police. Since I was the person who’d dropped it and it was no more than a few feet from me I found it hard to believe it would be considered abandoned. Either the reporting person was that stupid, or else they knew and decided just to be an asshole. I finished my photos, put my backpack back on and rolled my case away from the area and the noisy little guard. Such was the greeting I got in the city and state of the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Mike Pence.

It took until Wednesday before I’d figured out that there was civilization further south on I-65, about 15 minutes away from where I was staying. After Wednesday’s work shift I drove south to Columbus, Indiana, the birth place of Mike Pence. To be honest I didn’t know this until after I’d returned. Would I have driven down there if I had? Of course.

When I drove into Columbus it was fairly late and overcast. While walking around a shower kicked up, so before I could get soaked I headed back to the rental and drove back north to the hotel. I didn’t see much except around the Bartholomew Courthouse, the reason I stopped being the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. I didn’t know what it was but I definitely had to stop and play tourist, so I did. It would appear that Columbus hosts a fair bit of public art, such as these two pieces next to the memorial, the front piece being “Emergence #11” by Eric Stephenson. I would have liked to have spent more time looking for more art, but circumstances wouldn’t allow it.

Perhaps I’ll get a chance to explore Columbus a bit more on some future trip, and Indiana in general. My explorations were certainly limited this trip to the short amount of time I had in Indiana. Assuming there is a next trip.

Camera Comments

Overall the E-M10 and 14-150mmm combination handled quite well. The lens is environmental proof, but the body isn’t. Nevertheless I didn’t have any issues in the shower that hit while in Columbus. My only issue with the lens is the noticeable barrel distortion at 14mm close focusing. You can see it in the detailed shot of the veteran’s memorial towards the edges. With in-camera distortion correction not quite correcting it, I’d hate to see the raw image without any correction. Otherwise the lens is quite capable, and as the only one I took, I felt well prepared for anything I might come across. With an equivalent zoom range of 28-300mm, the kit was quite compact and light weight and fit easily into a corner of my backpack, taking hardly any room at all.