Monthly Archives: November 2012

Historic Madison Home

I did something a little different this year, I worked with TRI KAPPA on their annual Tour of Homes here in Madison Indiana photographing some of the beautiful Historic Homes that grace our hometown. All the homes were beautiful in their own right but one stood out against all the rest and that’s  the Charles L. Shrewsbury House.

According to Wikipedia  just because I am lazy today..

The Charles L. Shrewsbury house is located at 301 West First Street in Madison, Indiana. It is a private historic house museum. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

The Charles Shrewsbury House, also known as the Shrewsbury-Windle House, is the 1848 Greek Revival home of Charles Shrewsbury, a salt-barge riverboat captain, flour manufacturer and pork merchant. Shrewsbury was also the mayor of Madison. The house was designed by Francis Costigan. The Shrewsbury house has twelve rooms, thirteen fireplaces and a fifty-three step spiral staircase. The floor to ceiling windows are thirteen feet tall. A man on horseback could easily step through the enormous front door.

Architectural historians have ranked the house’s free-standing spiral staircase as the most impressive part of the interior. Built of pine stairs and cherry railings, the staircase ascends from the middle of the house, supporting its own weight. Aside from allowing access to the second floor, the staircase helps to cool the house: hot air from the first floor can rise through the stairwell and leave the house through the attic windows.[4]

Francis Costigan, the architect of the Shrewsbury house and the nearby Lanier Mansion, was one of America’s outstanding architects of the mid 19th century. He was born in Washington, D.C. about 1810 and worked as a carpenter builder in Baltimore prior to moving west and settling in Madison in 1837. Madison was growing prosperous, and Costigan designed and erected residences and other buildings for its leading citizens. In 1851, Costigan left Madison for Indianapolis. All of his work in Indianapolis has been razed. Other extant examples of Costigan’s work in Madison include the Costigan house and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Doing this type of Architectural photography here in Historic Madison should be a no brain er with all the wonderful structures that line our streets but until now I never really had any interest, but after seeing these beautiful homes I plan on changing that !!

If you didn’t have reason enough to visit our beautiful area here is more reason for a visit. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!





Fall at Clifty Falls

Here is the last of the images from Clifty Falls Sate Park that I was able to capture of fall this year. Once again I can’t state enough on how beautiful Clifty Falls State Park, located near Madison Indiana is, if you only get a chance to visit one  Indiana Sate Park this coming year definitely make it Clifty Falls.

I captured these images along the road that travels above Clifty Canyon, just walking along the road is a wonderful hike in its self, the colors were beautiful and the scene down into the gorge makes for a lovely walk on a brisk fall afternoon.

If you are more adventurous you can hike down into the gorge but the only problem with that is you have to hike back up lol !! The best time to hike into the canyon is in the spring when the water and all the beautiful wildflowers are at their peak, there are not that many places in the Midwest that put on a wildflower show like Clifty does.

Hope you enjoy the photography and for best viewing click on the images, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.



Fall Leaves

Here are a couple more macro shots I captured of leaves this fall at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana. Instead of large landscape images I tied isolating leaves just to capture the detail and patterns in the beautiful fall leaves.

When you look closely at the leaf, all the intricate lines and patterns begin to appear, the thicker veins in the stem also add a cool touch to the vivid colors in the subject. Even the little spots of deterioration add a neat aspect to the image, making for some great macro photography.

Fall leaves also make a great subject because you can pretty much put them where you want …not like the tree they fell from lol !!

So if your looking for something to shoot this fall and want something a bit different pull out that Macro lenn and find some beautiful leaves to shoot and add them to your portfolio !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !





Clifty Falls State Park Fall

Even though my photo business is booming and I haven’t had much time to shoot many images in nature I have been able to sneak away to Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana for some nature photography .

I spent most my time shooting Seniors at the park but when they went home I was able to pull out the wide angle or macro lens to get a few fall shots for my portfolio. I thought I might share a few macro leaf shots with you today, usually with leaf shots I go for the vivid look but with these I thought  a b&w conversion might me interesting.

So here are couple of conversions, I shot these really early in the morning while there was still moisture on the leaf, I thought it added a cool touch to the monotone scene. i love the lines and tones in these as well, even in death nature can give you some really amazing scenes to capture.

Next time I will share some more colorful images with you, I hope you found these as interesting as I did and don’t forget to click on the image for best view, thanks for stopping by !!



“Madison Indiana Chautauqua of the Arts Photos”

I thought maybe since I attended  the event I might share some photography from the weekend. The weather was perfect and another large crowd attended the event, many beautiful pieces of art were found all along the venue along with great food and live performers made the day great for the entire family.

The Chautauqua draws thousands of visitors from across the Midwest each year bringing with it an untold amount of revenue not only for the exhibitors but the local economy as well. It has also become somewhat of a family reunion for locals in the Madison Indiana area, many  have moved on to other jobs, retirement and school but every September a large number of our former residents seem to make their way back to their home to take in the beautiful display of Art and a chance to catch up with family and friends !!

So if you get a chance late next September try stopping by for a visit or a reunion and also take in the beautiful Art that graces the tree lined streets of Madison Indiana’s Chautauqua of the Arts. The dates for next year are September 28 & 29.