If you remember the photos of the farm near Dundee that I posted on 6/25/2017, and of the winding road in Backbone State Park that I posted on 6/23/2017, you’ll begin to catch a theme here. This photo, of the clock tower of the Delaware County Courthouse in Manchester, Iowa, was taken on the same road trip, and was also taken with my Pentax 67II medium format camera.
As I was pulling into Manchester I spied the clock tower across town and made a side trip to go look. It was a little later in the morning than would have been ideal. The scenery at ground level I thought was distracting, so I decided to isolate the clock tower itself. The lamp post, which is actually across the street, added a nice piece on interest and context to what otherwise would probably have been a boring photo. I also used a circular polarizer filter to help bring out the deep blue in the sky.
The richness of the colors, and the perspective, have always appealed to me. Is it surprising that this one hangs on my wall, as well? Seems this was quite the productive road trip.
Sunday evening seems to be my most productive time for updating blog posts and processing photos. Which kind of makes sense, if you think about it. The weekend is over, I’m relaxing and winding down getting ready to tackle a new work week and everything that entails. I’ve never been one to complain about Mondays, or to get all giggly over Fridays. They’re just days to me… though I do admit I would like to transition to a three-day work week.
You’re probably wondering what a courthouse has to do with this. Well, in the interest of full honesty, the courthouse has absolutely nothing to do with the days of the week. I was just randomly musing. Some friends have described me as a “folksy” person, and I would tend to agree with that. This is a good example.
This particular photo, however, has always been a favorite of mine. I like the exposure, the colors, the composition, the perspective. It all comes together for me. This photo was shot during a photo club photo shoot. I just happened to catch this one just right… the week before and the ween after there was scaffolding around the clock tower as it was undergoing a lengthy renovation.
Vinton is a neat little town. The downtown area has a lot of good photo opportunities. I need to get back there sometime soon.
This photo has always been a favorite of mine. The perspective, the lighting, the mood, the subject matter, all of it. There’s something about courthouses that can be very exciting… in a nostalgic sort of way.
A few years ago Missy and I went around the state and photographed different county courthouses. We focused mostly on courthouses built between 1880 and 1910 as that era produced the most interesting buildings. We noticed that the 1920s thru 1950s courthouses tended to be a more sparse design and feeling to them… almost sterile. Definitely boring and uninteresting.
The courthouse shown in the photo is the Benton County courthouse in Vinton, Iowa. It was completed in 1906 and cost $105,000 to build. It is the county’s third courthouse. According to history the first courthouse was a log structure and didn’t have a floor or roof, so they moved to a log home in inclement weather. Now, that’s funny!
I took this in front of the county courthouse in Luverne, Minnesota. The overall memorial was very impressive, but this statue in particular inspired me. The detail, the feeling of emotion, that it evoked was humbling. Both before and after taking some shots I sat and just absorbed the feeling.
This is yet another example of finding things that you aren’t looking for. We went to Luverne to visit Blue Mounds State Park, and courthouses are always interesting, so we gave this a shot (no pun intended) on the way out of town.
I should add that I found the town of Luverne quite charming. Missy and I loved our visit, and have talked about going back sometime.