Sunday, September 13, 2009

Highway 441 in Ocala


Until Interstate 75 was built some years ago, State Road 441 was the main north-south route through Central Florida and ran right through the center of Ocala. This is a section of 441 near downtown and, as you can see, the main Ocala police station is located here in a commercial center.

The photo was taken recently with an old film camera and old film. I rather liked the effect.

41 comments:

Memphis MOJO said...

I like the effect, too.

When I was in college (more than a few years ago), another guy and I went to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area for spring break. I remember we drove on U.S. 27. Is that near you?

Jacob said...

@ Memphis - Yes! In fact, at this point 27 and 441 are the same road. About a mile further north, 27 veers off west and north and 441 continues to Gainesville and beyond...27 runs south all the way to Miami.

Lee Spangler said...

interesting that the police station looks to be in a shopping center. Looks like a good place for them to find shoplifters.

James said...

Film? Oh yeah I remember that stuff. :-) Is that a restaurant under the billboard? What ever it is I would like a closer look. It looks kind of interesting from here.

That's a great title picture Jacob, and to think I didn't even know that there were many horses in Ocala until you told me.

magiceye said...

looks like a commercial poster... lovely

Vogon Poet said...

I like the ad of the law firm just outside the police station...

Don and Krise said...

I have a number of old film cameras. I really should dig one out and have some fun with it in the near future. I like how this photo looks.

Kcalpesh said...

Amazing to hear this was shot with an old film camera, on an old film. The effect does look interesting and the frame around the picture is beautifully done! I like the complete look of this photograph!

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting shot. It looks like a regular road in a regular town. Aha! I like the effect too. MB

Per Stromsjo said...

Must have been great to be relieved of all that traffic right through the city center.

Cezar and Léia said...

A beautiful entrance with a large parking!
Léia

cieldequimper said...

With the exception of a car accident, I did have a wonderful time! Weather gorgeous, Québec so beautiful, 1000 photos to sort through so you will have to wait a little. I miss North America already. And you're making it worse, showing me a typical road, a typical truck, and police (the Québec city policeman who came for the accident was very nice!)

Jim K said...

Its still raining here. Almost nonstop since Thursday.

B SQUARED said...

I used to drive that stretch many, many years ago on my way to and from the U.of F. I would never recognize it. There really was nothing in Ocala, then.

Leif Hagen said...

Well, Jacob Meister, I just hope that the Ocala Police station hasn't been a regular stop for a guy like you! But email me if you need a cake with a big file in it!

Eamon said...

"We fight for your rights" on the poster. Should it read "We fight for your cash"?

Lois said...

27 actually runs straight into the old Capitol building in downtown Tallahassee, makes a right turn and continues through downtown and on up past my house and into Georgia. I was noticing that billboard in your picture and the lawyer's last name--Fenderson--perfect for accident, injury, DUI/traffic "fender bender" cases!

Jacob said...

@ Thanks, Lois, I wasn't sure where it ended up!

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - Actually, I've not been in it; I've been too afraid I'd see pictures of my relatives...

Halcyon said...

You can even make parking lots look nice!

Jacob said...

@ Ciel de Q - I'm so sorry to hear about the car accident. It seems you were not injured, right? Glad the police were nice...

And again, it's nice to have your real live presence back on CDP!

Jacob said...

@ Halcyon - :-))

Jacob said...

@ Per Stromsjo - Actually, 441 is one of the busiest roads in Central Florida...pretty much jammed day and night. Can't imagine what it would be like today if they hadn't built the freeway!

Jacob said...

@ Don & Krise - It is fun. Try Fuji Reala 100 film which you can order at Adorama...

Jacob said...

@ James - re: the restaurant...or not...I can't remember. Could be. In this area, many buildings constantly morph into something else...a restaurant one day could be a muffler shop the next - or vice versa.

I'll check it out the next time I'm down there...

Small City Scenes said...

Re: the Buffs. Yes they are raised for meat. I am not much of a meat eater but I have had Buffalo meat and it is very tasty.. I do have some older shots of the buffs and the big bull is staring or should I say glaring right at me. MB

Daryl said...

the effect was applied after you shot the photo, had the film processed, and digitalized it .. yes?

jusdealem said...

I like the look of the film photo, too. I'm really enjoying my Canon 35mm ebay find..so much so, I haven't ordered that digital yet! ;)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

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Asta said...

Hi Jacob,

It's a fantastic effect!
By the way - I also like the advertisment for the lawfirm. It's highly interesting. Never seen anything similar before-:)

Best regards
Asta

Steve Myers, Broker said...

ahhh the police station..interesting effect.
You get to Lake Weir, by heading south on Hwy 441, until you hit Sunset Harbor Rd, in which you take a right. You'll hit Lake Weir directly on that road.

jlge said...

Me Impresiona y os admiro por vuestro trabajo, felicidades, un saludo desde Spain.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Seems like a great place for a police station. I'm thinking drivers behave well when driving past here and crime must be in check. ;-)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Interesting effects here, Jacob! :-D

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I have all these film camera I haven't been using . . .

Allison said...

I wonder if they'd let me wear my pink, fuzzy handcuffs in this jail? Just askin'...

Jacob said...

@ Allison - You have "pink, fuzzy handcuffs"? Hmmmm...

Marie-Noyale said...

And as always an ad for a law firm close by!!!

Rambling Round said...

Looks like the area is still busy despite much of the traffic transferred to the interstate.

Wolynski said...

Film? Does anyone process it still? What happened to the edges? Can't really tell the difference between film and digital anymore - lovely photo.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

The juxtaposition of the police station and the law firm billboard is striking. I suspect this was done on purpose. I like the way the photo turned out.

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