Monday, April 10, 2006

Men at Work and The Answer to Take a Guess 5


Blogger micki said...

Happy Monday everyone! I thought that a Men at Work group of shots would be appropriate for today. They are building a new Waa Waa gas station in our town. It just so happens to be going up right across the street from where I fill up. The tank in my van was quite low this day, so I had some time to kill. I got out the tripod and put the zoom lens on my camera and snapped a few shots of the workers. After they noticed me and stopped working to point in my direction, the photo ops were over, so I packed up. They were digging the massive holes for the tanks that will hold all that fuel. If I remember correctly, there were three tanks to bury. These were taken with Kodak Gold ISO 100 film and with my Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 300mm. I shot wide open for that focal length (f-.56) to be sure to stop any movement going on.

The answer to yesterday’s Take a Guess photo was a Wal-mart Great Value brand potato chip. Shot with my Sigma 105mm macro lens with the aperture wide open. I used a piece of lovely blue scrapbooking paper as my background. The film was Fuji’s HQ ISO 100, good film for blues and greens, like nature shots. Great guesses, I hope next week’s photo is just as challenging!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Hi Micki, cool pics, looks like they will be done in no time, then you'll have the problem of which petrol (gas) station to pick :o)

8:37 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Nice candids...maybe they got nervous that the union steward was out taking pictures of their work in progress! :o)

9:24 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Yesterdays "take a guess" was great - would've never thought of a potato chip! These guys here are really busy. Looks like they're gonna be done soon.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Interesting sequence! :)

9:54 AM  
Blogger cruise said...

what is the last picture? was it found by the workers while digging?

10:45 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Ahh..rugged men at work. A beautiful sight. I guessed right! It wasn't hard for me because I have a serious love affair with potato chips. Yummy:).

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Okay, I didn't guess potato chip at all, but then I rarely eat them, so that's my excuse. :-)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Waa Waa's are so much better than 7 Eleven if you've never been to one. They were all over back home in Pennsylvania and are slowly making there way south. Not that we need another convenience store, but I have about five or six 7 Elevens in a 2 mile radius around my house.

Nice challenge yesterday.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Great challenge!

My front yard has been looking almost like the shots here (not quite.)

The heavy equipment will be back soon to start removing the contaminated soil. Ugh!!!

The leaking oil tank was removed a couple months ago, and we were waiting the results of all the testing to determine how much remediation is needed. Those results came in a few weeks ago. Now we are just waiting for the insurance companies and the state. I would post picks if it wasn't so darn depressing. :(

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Good moments of the daily life brilliantly caught.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

Great photo sequences!!! i love all the warm colours on them and the dust effect on the last one!!! looks great!!! hehehe, i'll be looking forward for the next "take a guess" it was pretty fun!!! :D

1:11 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

So that was a potato chip? Could never have guessed!

Nice candid pictures of the workers...well-done!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

Nice documentary shots, I like the 2nd one, looks as if they're about to get hit on the head by the digger.

2:44 PM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

looks realy loud

4:44 PM  
Anonymous clarence said...

Great candids, I hope you got them to sign a release! ;)

5:48 PM  
Anonymous John said...

The crisp threw me at first, thought it was something that had been dug-up :-) Good candids.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Great candid shots.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Nice shots! Looks like they are hard at it!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Dia said...

Nice shots, oh oh it reminds me, once I worked in something like that (I can see you laughing now:D), I managed to work for 3 weeks before I quit, too heavy work for me :D

aaaaaaa a potato chip!?!? I would have never guessed it hehe, very good :)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

damn I was wron - great little competition - nice shots of workers too - i get nervous when people point at me when Im takign phtots - some people really hate phtographers

I have had a couple of run ins with people - hmmm - i ond t know why they hate us -

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Caryn said...

Wow! So chaotic! So glad I don't work right by them. We had road construction near the building where I work, and I thought I'd go crazy by the end of each day. I certainly had quite a headache.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anders said...

Nice! I love these little stories. Second pic is my favorite.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

I drum too - badly - but I still drum - hah ah

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Very interesting! Like your imagination.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Now that is different for Micki. Reminds me of my bloggy pal out in New Zwaland.

I gave the digital guys something to think about over at my place today. Us film dinosaurs aren't quite dead yet!

11:24 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Hey, I guessed right yesterday!

2:21 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

A chip, was it? Close but no cigar for me, then.
So American builders keep their butt-cracks to themselves, do they? British builders like to share.

3:30 AM  
Anonymous àsìkò said...

a chip??? hmmmmm........... interesting shots today

4:36 AM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Machinery, dirt, sweat, and a lady watching! Thats enough to make any man 2 inches taller!
How appropriate its a gas station, over here petrol prices have just increased again, rising 3 cents a litre to 162.9 cents/litre. I remember about 2 years ago when a litre of petrol was 0.78 cents/litre. I said to my two daughters 2 weeks ago that petrol will very close to if not $2 by the end of this year. I'll let youknow how lose my guess is at the end of this year. You could NZ is at the mercy of the petroleum gods (Oil Barons) unfortunately its nearing winter too.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

More Challenging? Oh no. ;-)

5:50 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i'm back! :)

So YOU're fascinated by construction sites as well. i find the bright colours of the machines especially attractive, almost toylike, right after a downpour. :)

6:06 AM  
Blogger Duane Bong said...

Nice captures. I have the same problem photographing people. Once they notice me, the shot is no longer spontaneous - their actions and expression change, or they stop working. The only way out of this is to have a very long telephoto lens and "snipe" from a far.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Dang. I was gonna say Lays. I guess that would have been too easy eh?

7:59 AM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

So that's what it was. I would never have guessed that.

6:49 AM  

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