Friday, June 23, 2006

ABSTRACT FRIDAYS -- Pier Light Reflections


Blogger micki said...

Had a wonderful event yesterday. My son has been having the most difficult time of things the past month and a half. He’d really been struggling with all challenges of autism and fallen into some very old habits that we worked so hard to grow out of. During all this time, a haircut wasn’t even an option. For those of you who are regulars here, you know how the last two haircuts have gone, and the last one I gave him alone in particular. Well, temperatures have reached into well into the 90’s on a daily basis now, and humidity is even worse. His hair is thick and was getting very long. I’ve never had it this long before. I’ve been telling him for the past week or so that it was haircut time and he needed to allow this to happen. He did start allowing me to brush his hair after bath time, and even came to enjoy…to a degree…a good towel drying after his hair washing. Two nights ago he brought me the clippers, but I wasn’t ready to cut yet. I need to prepare mentally for this. Last night, I brought out the plastic and the trimmer with the guards..1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, and 3/8 inch. He watched, and when I took a step toward him, he ran. I chased him down and told him we had to do this. He out maneuvered me, but then stopped and came with me. I put his ice cream cup on the plastic, sat him on my lap and told him to keep his eye on the prize. He sat there calmly and two handfuls of hair and four minutes later, he was done. I shed a few tears of complete joy and motherly pride. He was so proud of himself all night long! Oh, and the ice cream didn’t even matter. He didn’t eat any until a half hour later. My little guy looks great!!

Today’s shot, if you’ve made it this far into my post…We went down to where the River meets the Bay to shoot the full moon earlier month. It never made its appearance. The clouds only got thicker the closer it came to the time of its rising. Not to waste the time I took to drive out there, I did get in some night photography. This shot is of the pier lights from across the mouth of the river. We didn’t have all the pier lights before the hurricane took out the pier three years ago. Thanks to the generous taxpayer dollars, you can now fish at night with more light in your face than anyone should have at that hour. All those lights kind of ruin things when I go down to that beach to shoot the sunrise now, as they keep them on until after the peak moments of color.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 2 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm @ 300mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:11 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Beautiful, beautiful photo tonight, Micki. The tax-payers can look at this and maybe for at least a moment think, "Money well spent".
Lovely to hear about your son's haircut, too. Are you sure he didn't just not want the ice-cream having seen your semi-freddo skink photos from yesterday?

9:18 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

You had a hard time but a fantastic reward! I have enjoyed your sincere motherly words. As to the photo, reflections are great. Your efforts towards photography, I mean the zeal, are very inspiring. By the way I bookmarked you recently at list, just a grain of sand in the middle of the ocean.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

that's a beautiful long long long reflection!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Looks like a DNA test sheet. Very nice work.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I enjoyed looking at your abstract today. Nice reflections. "The haircut" is a compelling narrative which helped me better undertand what a challenge autism is in a family.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Congratulations on the accomplishment. :-)

I love the long reflections of the lights in the water. Nice shot.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous joel said...

micki, I would bring the shadows down closer to true black, as the photo looks a little washed out.
Autism is such a difficult condition to deal with. It sounds like you are doing wonderful creating a healthy/supportive environment to help your son grow.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I can feel your motherly pride oozing from my computer screen. =)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Micki, that brought tears to my eyes. I know how hard it was to give my kids haircuts even without Autism to deal with. I have to hand it to you a lesser woman (referring to self) wouldn't be able to handle it like you do. I have the utmost respect and admiration for you.

The shot is so beautiful. I love the shimmering lights on the water.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Love this shot Micki! The reflection is awesome.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

A very touching & uplifting haircut story. Thanks for sharing.

lovely light reflections.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Glad your hard work paid off! And a great shot full of patterns.

2:39 PM  
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3:24 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Micki, way to hang in there!!! BTW, some time ago we were talking about chipmunks. I finally saw one

I'm soooooo happy! :-)

3:25 PM  
Anonymous karl Baumann said...

Really nice reflections but it tilts a bit to the right and in my mind it´s overexposed :-)

4:40 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I'm glad to hear that things went well with the haircut yesterday. A friend of mine has an autistic son with a similar fear of haircuts.

I like this photo. Sucks to hear that those lights are such a pain, but at least you were able to use them to your advantage for this photo. The reflection in the water looks great.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice reflections, reaching out.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

I like the repetition of reflections, and the green colours. This is going to sound nerdy but the shapes remind me of
DNA gels

I looked at more of those than can be healthy at my last job.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

I don't get much abstract (even when I do it lol) but meh I like it, sort of.Would be a great sight.

2:28 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Reading your narrative, I almost forgot the pic . . but both are inspirational and all about keeping one’s eye on the prize. Thanks for sharing this with us.

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

I think the reflections are great at least they are some solice after the loss of sunrise shots.

Congrats on your sons haircut

5:55 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

very cool reflections Micki - the exposure was great! cheers :)

7:17 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Having seen a little boy with autism having a haircut, I can understand what you go through. Very tough situation. I'm so very glad he triumphed yesterday.

I love the photo. As you know I love reflections and the colours in this one are beautiful.


7:58 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I read your post about your son's haircut, and I'm quite impressed with your patience and perseverence. There's a 15-year-old boy in my school with rather severe autism. He can be tough to teach at times, especially since I'm not supposed to use any Japanese in the class. But he's very intelligent, and when he gets something it's a great feeling.

As for this shot, it's beautiful. I love the soft colours of the lights, and all the different refletions. Great shot!

11:22 PM  
Anonymous yungyaw said...

Wow. Super long reflections. Nice angle.

5:40 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

A great haircut saga with a happy ending :-)

Love how close the water appears in this shot - could reach out and touch it!

6:45 AM  

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