Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ice Water, Eggs, and a Pretty Flower


Blogger micki said...

I love high key photos. The first two images here are some tests shots I ran using a gray card as well as my camera’s meter. When the prints came back, the meter proved to be quite accurate, as those shots came out as well as the ones where I had used a gray card to meter. Still, I keep a gray card with me in my camera bag all the time. I’d rather use the gray card on more difficult exposures and be sure.

I added the flower for some color today. I had spent the afternoon looking for a local bulb garden that ships internationally. They have the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen, so strong and hardy. I’m hoping to get some good images from their place and then reveal the source of those shots for all you gardeners. The property has been in their family for generations, and was even owned by George Washington for a short time. More on that later. So, I wasn’t able to get any good photos at the bulb garden that particular Wednesday due to high winds and cloudy skies. Afterwards, I went to pick up my daughter from piano lessons. Her teacher had these lovely flowers on her walkway. She had bought them because of their purple centers. I had to take a couple shots.

Ice water glass Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/90 f-16 Aperture Mode Sigma 105mm macro lens

Eggs Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/3 f-8 Manual Settings from Gray Card Sigma 105mm macro lens

Pretty Flower Konica Minolta 70 Kodak Gold ISO 400 1/750 f-8 Aperture Mode Minolta 50mm macro lens

Hummingbirds They found my feeder and I got my first shot yesterday with the 500mm. Looking forward to getting more as they increase their visits and get used to me sitting there.

Creed Picked up Creeds Greatest Hits yesterday, and to my pleasant surprise, there was a DVD in the case as well…I’m a happy camper.

8:23 AM  
Blogger micki said...

PS For those who asked, lightning rods are used to catch the lightning strike that's about to jolt your house or barn and draw that bolt away from your building through a cable and into the ground. We do have a lot of lightning around here. We've had to repair or replace our computer four times in the past five years due to lightning hits. Sometimes the weather was clear and sometimes the storm came in the middle of the night unexpectedly. The lighting came in through the phone line (we're on dial up.) It has been so strong at times, that the a strike caused one of my sons' battery operated toys to turn on during a storm last year.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Cool shots. I spent a little time before reading the description trying to figure out how these three images are connected. The flower image is beautiful. I'm seriously looking forward to the hummingbird pictures. :-)

10:45 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I love the flower shot. Such a pretty flower and a great shot.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

The eggs are my favorite:).

11:00 AM  
Blogger askme2flashU said...

I like the high key pictures. The eggs looks like professional studio work. Love the shadows. Nice seamless backdrop.What kind of light set-up did you use?

As to the lightning, have you looked into a power back-up system. Belkin has one for around $25US. Can find them at staples and such. Guaranteed to protect your computer or they will pay to have it fixed.

Happy shooting


11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really love the eggs micki! very nice shot! the shadow's great

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Greco said...

Nice, i like the minimalist approach

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

You managed to capture the white well with the eggs and ofcourse the flower is beautiful.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

I love the eggs!! Really clever photo!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

I agree with Sandy and others, the eggs are very good. The clean clear simplicity, that becomes a timeless image. nice one

2:36 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

this three shots look like the ingredient for cooking something?:-P
eggs shot is my favorite...simple curve line and nice composition:-)

2:41 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

I like all the pictures, the curves and color of the flower - I need to take a photography class next semester! Is that flower a certain type of daisy - it has n interesting look to it - very unique - we have lots of flowers where I live but I've never seen that one before. I'm currently shopping around for a new camera - I think I will get the Canon LS

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

the eggs are my favorite of the 3. I added you to my bookmarks on

4:57 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

great title and nice combination

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Today instead of one they are the three photos you magnify that you give to us.

5:18 PM  
Blogger lbastress said...

these three look great as a set. (my neighbor has happy freerange, organic feed chickens and i have soooo many eggs - blue, green, brown - more than we can eat. so i've been using them as props too! ha! and i can't wait to see your hummmingbird shots, too. um, those storms sound wicked.... stay safe

6:52 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I am a new visitor here but immediately see the honesty of your approach - both as to style and the gear you are using. Very refreshing . . . excellent work with the eggs !

7:00 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Cool..smooth..and pretty!! Great shots!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

very nice with the eggs, all white can definitely be a challenge without a gray card. hummingbirds are awesome. haven't caught one yet on film. =D

8:05 PM  
Blogger DAVE ( said...

Ice Water is superb

10:29 PM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

I like the flower at the bottem one of the flower

11:11 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Cool set of photos! I really like the flower! Nice job!

12:30 AM  
Anonymous said...

first one is disgursting... you know that i hate eggs :) the second is nice...

3:10 AM  
Anonymous Ioannis said...

The egg photo is beautiful for its simplicity and composition. If you could decrease the noise a bit (eg by using Noise Ninja) it would improve it to perfection.

4:06 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

No words from you today? (If there is not showing on my screen). Nice shots of everyday objects.

4:24 AM  
Anonymous emma said...

very cool micki, they all go well together! i love the flower, very beautiful with the purple centres!

4:57 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Very nice shots. Like the eggs pic particularly.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

great set, simple yet very attractive subjects. well done with the lighting!

6:34 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The ice water shot is composed spot on - such a crisp line of the glass' edge and the large version has some impact!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

I really wish I knew what a grey card was. I liked the flower. I like the subtle colors of yellow. Yellow usally hurts my eyes but this was soft, subtle.

Eggs are lovely to look at but...easy to photograph and not very challenging. They look virtually the same from every angle and they stand still. There is always something attractive about their shape. I love looking at your work. I have lots to learn.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

500mm hummingbird shots. Oooooooo. I can't wait.

And Creed has a greatest hits out? Man I'm getting old. But the Rolling Stones are still touring? Good. Keith's still alive? ;-)

I can't beat the word verification test this morn! :)

7:46 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I had these flowers last year. They are very nice. Good job on it!!!

11:47 PM  

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