Friday, March 24, 2006

On the way home....


Blogger micki said...

First, I have to answer some questions. Jasp had asked the other day when I sleep. I don’t. I’m riding the wave of new interests right now. I’ll catch up on sleep later.

I’ve had some questions on which Yorktown I live in. There are quite a few here in the States, but you have to think about what you know about me. I shoot the sunrises over the saltwater. I live on a peninsula. The Yorktown Bar was right on the beach. I’m in a mild climate…with exception to that most unusual snow dusting we had Wednesday morning. I know it’s Friday, but put your thinking caps, and take a guess.

I’ve decided to purchase a Holga. I’ll probably do it next month. I’m really excited about this, a little more fun to add into the mix.

Thanks for all the comments yesterday. I found the ones on the tree quite helpful. Next time I shoot a horizon shot, I will do so with and without foreground objects. I was going to post an alternative, but all the shots I took that day had the tree, or the weeds, or rocks in the foreground. Hope to get out tomorrow morning, but the weather isn’t looking promising…rain off and on starting tonight. Maybe Sunday morning then.

On the way home from the sunrise I’ve shown this week, I took my two daughters who had come with me (the third had only gone to bed when we left at 5 – the girls won’t allow me to go out shooting in the dark alone) to McDonald’s for breakfast. As we pulled in the parking lot, I spotted some trees in bloom. So, while they ate their biscuit sandwich and hotcakes, I took photos of the blooms. I don’t think it was until I got down on the ground to shoot the pretty flowers I found there, that I started getting some weird looks from incoming customers.

I used a little portable reflector when taking these to throw some of the sunlight back onto to flowers to avoid the strong shadows caused by the early morning side-lighting. I love that little thing. It’s gold on one side, white on the other, and folds up to be about three inches across. It was quite windy that morning, and I had to shoot when the wind would slow down. Isn’t that just a catch 22. Spring has the prettiest flowers, but the wind is awfully strong!

Minolta Maxxum 7000 Kodak Ultra Color ISO 400 1/350 f-8 Program Mode Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

A pretty shot for my morning. Good work getting down to the plant's level. Who cares what the passerby thinks. Maybe they'll notice the flowers next time.

8:04 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Hi Micki! i'd like to point you to this picture on Bella's photoblog. They appear to be the same beautiful flower as yours. i wonder what it's called.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely shot Micki!

8:31 AM  
Blogger NOSTALGIE said...

Micki its great!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Delicate flowers well captured!

9:42 AM  
Blogger micki said...

I THINK it's a bartlett pear tree. Very pretty blossoms, and the new leaves are the nicest green.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

excellent delicate capture

9:56 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Nice shot!The blurred black in patches in the background gave the photo a really good touch.
Thanks for your comments on my blog!
Azhar (The Daily Sunrise)

10:24 AM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

realy clear looks nice


11:44 AM  
Anonymous VelviaPix feeling of color said...

Yes, it looks like pear's flowers. Lovely, lovely, lovely shot.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Spring has arrived....if only it would arrive here. are a true photographer...I am just going to have put more effort in...feeling humbly lazy now.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous clarence said...

good work on the lighting, the large image shows more detail, its wonderful.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Dia said...

Very beautiful and clear photo, portable reflector, wow! you ARE a photographer;)

:D I laughed when I read about the customers (well, still laughing to be honest:D), but indeed, who cares about them? ;)

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Beautiful and delicate!

wonderful Micki!

2:10 PM  
Blogger samcam said...

Very nice shot! Just beautiful!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Palak Chokshi said...

A classic macro... love the play of shadow and light..

4:28 PM  
Blogger Duane Bong said...

Why a Holga? Time to go digital, especially since you blog so much. You'll save a ton in film processing alone. Having said that, I really admire your use of film. :)

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure are a dies hard film buff :) You do produce some wonderful pics. Well film is not for me. Too old school for me. Lovely capture.


5:04 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Lovely! I am still waiting for spring. Even my daffodils are not yet ready to open.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous àsìkò said...

awwwww beautiful shot, flowers always make nice shots

6:00 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice shot...soft tone go well wt white flowers...beautiful:-)

8:53 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Very pretty!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

beautiful! the light came out great. a sweet shot for a spring-hungry me ;)

10:37 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

I can't see any reason to try to convince you to go to digital.....other than you wouldn't have to scan any longer. ;-) Beautiful photo.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful lighting!

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Ryan Rahn said...

Beautiful lighting!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Patty said...


I was taking some photos in a restaurant a while back & got a weird look from one young lady who worked there. I smile & have a cheerful mood, but you can't expect everyone to understand your photography passion. Don't worry about it-I don't.

There was also a young girl who I could hear saying to her friends how she wasn't going to let me take her photo(I was taking photos near a playground in a park), but the girl became so interested in what I was photographing(patterns) that she came over & I explained what I was trying to photograph. I let her take a photo with my camera & see how it worked. Even though I never took her photo or even asked to, I connected with someone who just didn't understand.

Even my family & others used to think I was funny because I take photos of everything, but they know now it's just something I'm very passionate about.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Gorgeous shot. I don't think I've ever seen pear blossom before. Apple blossom, yes (and that's what I thought this was before reading the comments), plum blossom, yes (as you know already, Micki), cherry blossom, of course but pear, no. Strange. I guess I've never really lived in a pear-area!

2:34 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Spring has sprung, good shot. Great idea about the Holga. I have an old but good TLR I intend to start using again with b&w as that's so easy and cheap to process at home and then scan in the negatives on my Epson. Thanks for all your comments.

5:42 AM  
Anonymous johnh said...

See what happens if you feed flowers milkshakes.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous johnh said...

See what happens if you feed flowers milkshakes.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous evans said...

Mmm, Spring...

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Caryn said...

So delicate. I just love spring flowers.

4:57 PM  

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