Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Smile for Wednesdays - part 1??


Blogger micki said...

I’m hoping to get a smile out of you all on Wednesdays…to help you through the middle of the week. It’s all down hill after today. We’ll see if I can keep this series running.

Last summer I went out to shoot the top photo…What is the view from a basketball net? It was actually a difficult shot for me, near sundown, hand held, and slow film. I got out the lawn lounge chair to shoot this. Anyway, ran out of film and went back in to reload. My second oldest daughter followed me back out. She’s my artist…drawing and piano…and is usually quite moody. Almost always dresses in black…you know. But she is the one that will follow me around and talk to me. I really have to hold back and not seem too eager, I don’t want to scare her away, because I so enjoy our time together. When I’m in a bad mood, she’s the first to come over and try to make things right again.

So, I’m shooting the photo (which turned out to be quite boring) and she’s chatting away. “Why don’t you take a picture of this?” She never wants her picture taken and will do anything to ruin the shot (and waste my film.) I look over at her, and this is what I find (photo #2). She loves that shot.

I’ve posted a photo #3 that I took almost two months ago to show her without the leaves growing out of her head.

Yes, those are her natural curls, and yes, she hates them.

Basketball Net like it matters...Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/6 f-16 Aperture Mode Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens

Weird Kid Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/60 f-2.8 Program Mode Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens

Portrait Minolta Maxxum 7000 Kodak Ultra Color ISO 400 1/6 f-4.5 Aperture Mode Minolta 28-85mm zoom lens @85mm

7:55 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Not just a smile but a warm heart, Micki. Thanks for sharing these images and for your commentary. Does your daughter know how much can be paid for hair that only pretends to be like that ? . . lol . .

8:11 AM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

wow that last shot is superb. very nice!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

I love all the shots and the story that goes with them!!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

1st image: WOW!!!! & you still shbot with film, Doble wow. I have to take a shot like this next time I see a hoop.(best form of flattery is imitation me dear)

2nd shot, he he he he he. You will have fun showing this to her prom date :)

3rd shot - Inspired. Love the lighting on this one. The sort of overesxposed area of he face works for me. You take this against a black background? Can't believe thats her hair. Wow.


9:25 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i love the first shot. Reminds me of old times relaxing under the basket after a good hard game. :)

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anders said...

Very nice couple of portraits here. Love the second one.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

oh yes, made me smile!
love the third shot

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

WONDERFUL!! And you have such a beautiful subject!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely shots all 3 of them - especially no.3 - all of them are GREAT SHOTS!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Wonderful set, Micki. They are all great, but I love the fun in the second one. :)

10:45 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

It is wonderful to have a daughter like you to inspire you. Mine is 9 and we are real close friends. I am trying to orient her on photography as well. She is having piano lessons like yours. What else can we ask for

10:52 AM  
Blogger anoop said...

i love this shot!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

By the way I have just bookmarked you at with my nick: erez

11:08 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

It definitely worked. It made me smile!

It must be universal about hair. Those with curly, wish for it to be straight, and those with straight wish for it to be curly. I am one of those with straight that has paid lots of money in the past to makee curly. (It is currently straight.)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

it's basketball goal! i really miss playing basket ball. i was 3poit shooter u know? the sound of 3 point is different from 2 poit. it really cheered me up.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

She will love these photos of her when she's older. The 2nd one is great, it's really relaxed, you've captured her well.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the 2nd shot...funny looking and unique...nice colors:-) i like basketball net also...great angle, dof and composition:-)

2:46 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
I love the first image as well Micki, might be a man thing?
The 3rd image is beautiful also and she has that artistic brood about her. She is indeed a beautiful girl and her mother is a pround and wonderfully lucky woman to be surrounded by support and talent.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous jlc said...

the second is very funny ;)

have a nice day Micki

4:44 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Beautiful portraits! Great set of shots!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

The second photo "a fairy princess" LOVE this one!!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

So is this where the threats came in (cheeky) ;)

Nice shots Micki.

All very cute.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very cute shots!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

You don't show us enough portraits, Micki. The ones I have seen are just superb and I'm dying to see more...not that the rest of your stuff isn't great, you know...but you just seem to have a knack for people pics.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

I choose "basketball net"... Great perspective, nice use of DOF! Original shot!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

The shots are great - I love the last one - its a portrait of your daughter you'll both look back on and reminiss (i hope i spelt that correctly - if not I hope you get what I meant to say)

9:43 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Excellent shots! I really like the last portrait.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Cute! Very nice portraits!

1:09 AM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Excellent perspective on that first shot! It's really great. Fine, fine work, Micki! Cheers, Brent

1:43 AM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

What a gorgeous portrait. I love the lighting. All of them are excellent but I especially like the last one.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

Love the "weird kid" photo! cheers ;)

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Great shots.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

excelent have a beautiful daughter...

9:47 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I didn't have time to leave a comment yesterday. I love your portraits. The light is beautiful. I love the curly hair also!

10:53 AM  
Anonymous John said...

The net shot is intriguing, expecting the ball to fall through any moment.

3:17 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

That second image is such a keeper! You'll both remember that moment for a long, long time :-)

6:59 AM  
Blogger phil said...

The portrait is simply beautiful!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

I really love the leaf antlers although they both are lovely!

11:59 PM  
Anonymous tad said...

stellar portrait (3)

shes got this lackluster expression, but still, she is a pretty girl

best wishes..

2:48 AM  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Thanks for stopping by Micki. You have some really amazing shots here and the bottom image is my favourite.
Those curls are just wicked. And you daughter should be proud of them.

5:15 PM  

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