Thursday, May 31, 2012

Back Home in Indiana: Future Home

                        Knightstown, Indiana.

Not much has changed in Knightstown in the last year.  The future home of the Truth Apostolic Tabernacle is still the same as it was a year ago.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Back Home in Indiana: Hardware

                                                                       Knightstown, Indiana.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back home in Indiana: Brickwork Craftmanship

                                                                 Knightstown, Indiana.

Knightstown - home of the gym used in the movie Hoosiers - is located along the National Road ( US 40).  The population is about 2000.  As always click on image to enlarge.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Matching Saga Continues

 Memorial Day with temps in the low 90's make for a quiet day in the Industrial park that is home to Today's Image World HQ.

                                                       Richmond, Indiana.

The saga of computer screen to inkjet print continues.  After a week of many sheets of paper and a great deal of ink, the end is not in sight!  The "Magic Black Box" arrived and was put into action but the results were not great.  In fact they were terrible. 

By the third day - stopped trying and went out for coffee, as the office had run out - the screen and the print were close but not quite a match. 

The next couple of days resulted in little improvement.  Stopped using the "Magic Black Box" and eye-balled a print - using several sheets of paper - that had to be in the mail ASAP. Once that print was completed and sent off, returned to the not so magic "Magic Black Box" and continued the matching journey.

Late Saturday afternoot ran out of paper.  Having used way too much paper, the computer screen and the finished print were still not together. Contacted the paper supplier and was promised delivery - because of Memorial Day - in five days. Matching trials have stopped until the paper shipment arrives.

With no paper, took a break from computers, printers and black boxes and went out and took a few photographs.

                                                      Richmond, Indiana.

Will leave with yet another flag - yes this is Indiana.    

                                                      Connersville, Indiana.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Full Gospel

                                             Spencerville, Ohio.

 As traditional churches vanish, these small local storefronts are growing in number.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bloomingsport Hydraulics

                         Bloomingsport, Indiana.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Glove Corporation

                         Alexandria, Indiana.

Waiting for the UPS truck and the arrival of the magic black box that will enable the matching of computer monitor and Epson printer.  Hopefully all will be under control by the end of the day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

General Store

                        Mooreland, Indiana.

As of 2011, Mooreland's population is less than 300. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of minus 13.23 percent. 

The unemployment rate in Mooreland is 11.2  percent.  Recent job growth is Negative. Mooreland jobs have Decreased by 4.32 percent.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Fun??

Ads were once pretty simple and straightforward.  Couple of sentences composed of simple direct words.  Name, product and location.  Often on site, plain.and to the point. 
                         Greenville, Ohio

Photography was once simple and straightforward.  Camera loaded with film was about all you needed.  Film could be processed and prints made using a local retail outlet - drug store or photofinisher.  Often a fresh roll of film came along with the developed film and prints.  You were "good to go" again.  Plain and to the point. 

Some were not satisified or just wanted to be more involved.  They learned about developing film and making prints.  For some the darkroom was what photography was all about.  Long hours in the dark, redoing until pleased with the results.  Complete control from capture to finished product.

The equipment - camera and darkroom tools - tanks, trays, enlarger, timer, chemicals - were rather easy to understand and operate.  With practice the analog photography "dance" was straightforward and under control.

Photography has become not so simple and straightforward.  Camera loaded with a memory card and fresh battery will get you started.  Now you need a computer - no local retail outlet - to see your images.  Along with the computer, software programs are needed to "develope" your pictures. Printers are needed so that prints can be produced. 

The darkroom has been replaced by the lightroom - long hours in the light, redoing until pleased with the results. 

The equipment - camera and lightroom tools - computers, programs, scanners, printers, ink, papers - are not easy to understand and operate. Even with practice the digital photography "dance" is not straightforward.   Lightroom tools are not fixed.  They change - sometimes for the better, sometimes not - about every 18 months. 

Enter this last weekend.  While updating the photography computer was a good thing, this implied that other lightroom tools needed attention. Software programs, film scanners and printers needed to be adjusted.  All went well, until it came time to update the printers. 

First, the computer screen needed to be profiled.  There are several tools to do this.  This is rather routine and was finished in about an hour. Updating software programs and film scanners presented no problems.

The rest of the weekend was spent in attempting to get the printers to make a print to match the computer screen.  Several hours along with phone calls to computer/printer tech support helped, but at this time - monday morning - still no match.

After much reading, web searching, phone calls, and e-mails a tool has been suggested.  As with other digital photography "black boxes" - computers, scanners, software - I have no idea what is inside and how or why it works. 

Remindied of the bikie expression - usually near the end of a long bike ride - "Are We Having Fun Yet?".  Stay tuned

Friday, May 18, 2012

                       Carthage, Indiana.

Last time I visited - about a year ago - the bank was up and running.  Now closed.  Yet another signal that times are difficult in the small community along the Big Blue River.  As always, click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


                                                                      Carthage, Indiana.

As of 2012, Carthage's population is 927. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -4.76 percent.  The unemployment rate in Carthage is 8.8 percent - U.S. avg. is 8.6 percent.   Recent job growth is negative.   Carthage jobs have decreased by 0.96 percent.

Once again - these are hard times in the Midwest.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Panda Membership??

                        Richmond, Indiana.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Come Have Fun

                                                                     Richmond, Indiana.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Interesting Week

This has been a "very" interesting/unusual week here at the Today's Image World HQ.  Started off with a redo of the lightroom. 

The newer cameras have larger files and the old computers had problems keeping up.  Soooo- enter a new computer. Now - after a couple of days - a Toshiba All-in One with 23' screen - is up and running.  This meant that the old programs and files had to be transfered to the newer machine.  This turned out to be more of a task than expected.  Passwords searched for - not always found right away - and programs updated to run on the new system.

In the middle of this computer setup, Photoshop CS6 arrived.  After installing CS6, all the bits and pieces from CS5 were moved over to CS6.  By now the week is nearing an end.

At this time a new problem surfaced.  Health issue.  Now sure how or why, but a pinched nerve in my back appeared.  Walking/sitting has become a difficulty.  Trip to two doctors, major pain medicine, rest and much sleep.  This, along with the lightroom redo, has made for no blog entries.

Today, the lightroom redo is finished and will visit yet another doctor to see about the back and leg problem.

Meanwhile, a couple of images for today.

                       Richmond, Indiana.

                       Cambridge City, Indiana.

With flags front and back, you know you are in Indiana

Monday, May 07, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Check Back

Do to conditions - under control - Monday Morning Coffee will be a bit late this week.  There are changes taking place - more details later - at Today's Image World Headquarters.  Everything should be back to normal in a couple of days - I hope! 

Meanwhile enjoy Carlos, Indiana.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Lost in the Midwest: Drive Thru

                        Mt. Victory, Ohio

Sunday morning and the Drive Thru is open for business.  Doesn't look like Indiana.  We must be in Ohio.  As usual, click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Ready and Waiting

                         Near Liberty, Indiana

Spring is here and Whitewater State Park is prepared.   Quiet now, but soon the lake will be busy with boats and fishing.  Good times ahead.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Lost in the Midwest: Mini-Mart

                        West Manchester, Ohio.

In small communities, a single retail outlet attempts to provide - from food to martial arts classes.  No need to leave town for those last minute purchases.  As usual - click on image to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Lost in the Midwest: Midwest Savings Bank

                        West Manchester, Ohio.

West Manchester is a village in Preble County with a population of less than 500 and a total of 0.2 sq.miles.  Small Town America is alive and well.