Saturday, May 20, 2006

Bike, Flowers, and a Cat -- Happy Saturday




40 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Yesterday we headed off to Busch Gardens. On our way there as we were crossing the bridge from our peninsula to the next one down, I looked out my window and saw a submarine cruising through the waters, followed by two tugboats. Across the river from where I live is a Naval Weapons Station, and I’ve seen my fair share of battle ships come up the river to get loaded up before being shipped out, but never a sub. That was quite a sight to see. I didn’t have my cameras, but no worries. The sub was black, the skies were washed out, and the water was reflecting late morning light. It wouldn’t have been much of an image in the end.

On the way back to the entrance of the park at the end of our day, we stopped to let our older son look at the water fountain. He loves water. A couple was sitting on the fountain. They asked me to take their portrait with their little digital point and shoot. How ironic. So, I took my first digital image yesterday. I composed a nice portrait, too, if I don’t say so myself.

There is a whole story behind the wonderful old home where I took today’s images. I will tell that on an upcoming “A Glimpse of My Town Tuesdays” post. While there, I saw this old bike used as a planter for these lovely flowers and had to shoot. While framing up the last two images, I thought I saw a cat sleeping in the grass. Sure enough, as I was about to take the last shot, he sat up. I quickly recomposed and took the photo before he decided he might want to leave.

Bike 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/350
Aperture Setting - f-2.8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Bike 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/90
Aperture Setting - f-4 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer



Bike 3
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/90
Aperture Setting - f-4 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm lens
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Bike with Cat
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/180
Aperture Setting - f-4 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm lens
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:17 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

great collection here Micki, its always fun to see things used in unexpected ways, and what better than as a plant holder
:o)
thanks for the story, you never know you may become a convert to digital yet ;o)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Sriram said...

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9:40 AM  
Blogger Sriram said...

Micki,

Makes me feel that I miss my bicycle!

All lovely pictures!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

How nice! The flash of red from the flowers is really eye-catching.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

There is something special about these photo that I keep scrolling up and down to look at them. Not that I wanted to find faults, but I like them. Probably that's the magic of beautiful image.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Nicely done!! VERY nice.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

These are really pretty shots. I especially like the one with the cat by the wheel of the bike, just kind of peeking out from behind the grass.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I like all these shots. The first two being my favorites. They remind me of a time long gone.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Lovely series. Especially love the cat! :)

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Philippe said...

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL SET...top that off with a lil cat in the last frame...the Cherry on top of the cake. I really like this set.

Good work Micki!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous AirBete said...

I especially like the first one. Great pic.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

"lovely" sums it up I think. Quite a contrast with your trip to Busch Gardens I suspect.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely pictures, they bring back memories of childhood ;-)

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Wow I am floored, Bestest series I have seen from you. Looving ALL the images, they are all beautiful. The colours are soo vivid, good thing about these is they would also be master peices in monochrome.

Could go on about these images buy pressed for time. So I will just say, you get a coveted "I LIKEY" from the Subster.
Suby

2:42 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Love the flower basket on this bike! Great find and great photos!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Nice series, don´t worry about the sub, these ones are great. The old house with the bike as a garden pot makes a wonderful theme. The fact that you also managed to get the cat makes it even more interesting. i like the rural mood, kind of bucolic.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Spectacular lighting in all shots!GREAT GREAT SHOTS!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Four truly happy pics although any scene with a cat will get my vote. Sounds like we are one pixel closer to meeting Digi-Micki . .

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Dean said...

Love this Micki! Great montage of images. good work my friend.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Very innocent captures. Excellent work. Cheers.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is a lovely series. Some of the best you've done I think.

11:41 PM  
Blogger anoop said...

i like the second shot!

11:59 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

good thing for that cat, the bicycle is not moving, very nice composition on all these

12:59 AM  
Blogger Lore said...

very nice and lovely serie!!! i specially like the composition of the second frame!!! Great shots as always, also i'll be looking forward to read the new story!!! :)

1:41 AM  
Blogger Lore said...

uhhh, i didn't see the cat at the beggining by the way!!! i love the third one as well!!! :D

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Love the shots and the set.

3:02 AM  
Anonymous Heath said...

What a lovely set. A classic, country cottage type scene.

3:58 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

great series of images Micki! cheers :)

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Precious photographies. They transmit peace, tranquillity. And much romanticism.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

Classic subjects. Love old strand cruisers like that one.

5:46 AM  
Blogger jj said...

i followed you gaze...cute:)

6:50 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki these are the photos I LOVE:)how creative planting flowers in the bike basket!The cat well you know how I feel about that:)

7:03 AM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Nice series!

7:20 AM  
Blogger jane said...

That's one chilled out cat!

7:35 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Lovely little series here, perfectly book-ended by your chosen first and last selections - way to seize the moment with the framed feline :-)

8:07 AM  
Blogger Fraser said...

The bike and flower series is fetching. How kind of the cat to come and pose!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

I like these series of photographs. Color, details and envirionment is so well set and vivid. Also the sun lighting helps increase the luminance contrast esp. on house, and also makes up the lines and highlights on bike. I also enjoy the background depth on the first picture, and 'cat & wheel' side by side :-)

Cheers.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

first photo and the second one are my favorites...it looks like a old bike in a italian village...

3:11 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Oh yes, that looks like a very happy and a very photogenic Saturday!

What gets me the most is how you created such a dreamy atmosphere with the way you captured the light on surfaces. You have a very good eye!

I'm slowly catching up on your work, please bear with me. :)

1:07 PM  

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