Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Glimpse of my Town


Blogger micki said...

I’m going through my packages of developed film and picking out the prints I want to scan so that I can get them all filed away. So, expect a hodge podge of postings with some small groupings of themes.

Here is a small group of shots that offer a glimpse of my small town.

This package had a lot of shots that I took over two separate afternoons in the square. The first shot is of a porch of one of the many lawyers’ offices in our town. As a matter of fact, one side of the circle is called Lawyers’ Row, with this converted house ending the row of offices. I find the porch quite inviting.

Minolta Maxxum 7000 Kodak Ultra Color ISO 400 1/60 f-19 Aperture Mode Sigma 70-300mm zoom

The next photo is looking through the windows of the meeting house that sets in the walled courtyard. All of our town’s affairs are taken care of here. I had to stand on my tip toes with my tripod nearly extended to its full height to get this shot without any angular distortion.

1/125 f-22 Aperture Mode Sigma 70-300mm zoom @ 80mm

Over 7500 daffodil bulbs were handed out to local business this year so that the whole town would be in bloom come spring. I also notice more hyacinths and tulips than in previous years. It has been an amazing sight to see. This is a fisheye shot of one of the flower beds at the entrance to the courtyard.

1/250 f-11 Program Mode Sigma 16mm

They were even blooming along the walls of all the buildings.

1/250 f-8 Aperture Mode Sigma 70-300 zoom @ 90

*noted lesson learned last night. Never borrow your 12 year old’s hoodie to wear out shooting. Chances are good that there are cookie crumbs in the pocket, which will stick all over the lens caps (for both ends of the lenses) that you place in said pocket. You won’t notice these crumbs until after you’ve put the caps back on the lenses.

8:54 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Very American looking town you live in - so peaceful and calm. i particularly like the second picture. The irregular shape of the branches against the rigid brick pattern and window frame seems to work for me. :)

9:27 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

wow.. love the fisheye image of all the flowers, really does feel like spring has arrived at last...

9:28 AM  
Blogger Abe said...

Very nice... I think your city should pay you for the free advertising; you make it very attractive.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Nice set of pictures. Good saturation of colors. And that's a very good lesson. :-)

10:22 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I like all these shots. Especially the one with the fisheye. Bummer about the crumbs. When you have kids you find crumbs in the darnest places:(

10:24 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

I just Love your fish eye photo!

My husband didn't work with the wild animals when he worked there. although they all get the same training and walk through experience.

He did have to work with something much much more dangerous though. Small children! he drove the train that figure 8'ed through the walk through part of the park. He loved driving the train ( all little boys dreams right LOL) he just hated the parents that let thier kds run wild.

10:34 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The first shot conjure up visions of lemonade and junebugs :-)
I especially enjoy the contrast between organic lines and man-made lines in the second shot - the tree intersecting with the window as if to remind us that sooner or later, nature triumphs...

11:16 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Very lovely. Looks like a wonderful old-fashioned home town kinda place. A good place to set down some roots.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

And a very nice town it looks to. Got a bit worried when you said "hoodie" and "shooting" but then read on. Hoodies are banned in some parts of the UK (the spy in the sky (CCTV) cannot see your face if you are wearing a hoodie. What a world we live in !

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Micki I love the third shot. Very creative.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

Wow Micki!!! you live in a wonderful town!! so lovely!!! the third shot with the emboss looks very interesting and i always love the contrast between nature and urban stuffs, (bricks and flowers) beautiful!!! great shots!!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

I love that second shot very much; the branches interacting with the window and bricks in the background. Nice composition. Regards, Brent

3:09 PM  
Anonymous jlc said...

Thank you Micki for your comment on blog.
I discover your's ;)

I love the eggs pix :)

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Love the fisheye! What a cool shot!

4:35 PM  
Blogger samcam said...

Micki, The first shot gives a real small town feel! Lovely!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Nice photos, looks wonderful!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

love the one taken with the fisheye lense


6:35 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Lovely and pristine! Great fisheye shot Micki!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

Lovely pics

8:49 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Lovely place...
The third one is my favorite!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

You live in a beautiful town.
I do like the fish eye.
Is that the Courthouse?

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Daffodils bah! They are so brash and full of promise then quickly wilt and look scruffy for weeks after, the most dissapointing flower we have I think. Great looking place.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Ohh, these are wonderful! Love to see the town shots. Very good!

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Emré said...

I like the shots, especially the one with the tree, and window. Shadow on grass, and having middle tree branch along with the side of the window makes good diagonals. :-) Well, I have a lot to learn. Here we see and learn... Thanks for the pictures! - cheers.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

Excellent range of shots Micki! I love the ultra-wide shot! How unique!

1:03 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Looks like a nice place to live.

2:48 AM  
Anonymous navin harish said...

Amazing pictures

3:53 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

I like these! Love the red brick!

5:35 AM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

It seems that you live in a peaceful town. Just like me.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

I love the different shades of red in the brick wall you captured (especially in the secon shot)!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Second shot my favourite.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Dia said...

The more I see from your town, the more I like it, its looks so nice, peaceful and easy going :)

5:53 PM  

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