Tuesday, June 20, 2006



Blogger micki said...

I don’t know why I never noticed this old place before. It’s on a little side road off of the main road, but it’s not that difficult to spot.

I always have a plan on Wednesdays on where I want to shoot while the older two daughters are at music lessons. On the way to lessons this Wednesday, I spotted a black and white For Sale sign out of the corner of my eye, and all plans changed!!

It was such a warm day, so I picked up some Frostys for my youngest daughter and her brothers, and they watched a movie on the portable DVD player in the van while I shot happily away at this old house that has apparently been for sale for a long time. I shot a lot of film so you’ll be seeing more of this place in the future. I used a polarizer filter on most of these images because of the bright sunlight that day. The top image I also shot with a red filter instead of the polarizer, which I will post next time. The bottom image is the sign that caught my eye. This is my first roll of Tri-X I’ve shot that was not expired. Very pleased with the range on this film and it is hands down my favorite b&w film to use. I only wish my cheap scanner was able to show what a wonderful film it is.

Full View
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/10
Aperture Setting - f-32 Aperture Mode
Polarizing Filter
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

For Sale
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/750
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 135mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:49 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A promising discovery. I'll be looking forward to more.
They chose a nicespot for the sign...up high so the weeds and tall grass won't block its view. Nice.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Ha-har, I love being the first to comment here.

I thought this was another one of your infrared shots but it's just B&W? Anyway, it's great. Looks sort of creepy. I like that. Makes me afraid to visit your hometown 'cause you've got all these buildings that look creepy.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Great! It took me so long to write my comment that I wasn't first anymore.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Looks like the kind of place you visit as a kid as a dare.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

What a lonely looking house. I think you captured that with these shots. I wonder what the story behind this house is?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Wonderful look with this filter. I admire your houses, be it on infrared, polarized or natural. I am sorry about the cheap scanner, these prints must have the hell of a quality cause they already look awesome enough!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Great shots. I love the subject.

I wonder how much they are asking for it? It looks like a real fixer-upper.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

Perfect choice of framing and composition!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely composition, nice one Micki.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

Nice work micki... The first one is my favourite!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

These are Great I can't wait to see the rest of them!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

You’ve captured more than just the images here, Micki . . pic #2 really carries character with it . . well, I guess that’s what the seller would say!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Still said...

A melancholic touch in these fine B&w...

4:34 PM  
Anonymous clarence said...

Reminds me if infrared pics.

Next time get a frosty for me , too.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Hi Micki. Great captures. I really like the composition of the first one and the lines in the second one. I look forward to the time you can buy an excellent scanner so we can benefit by seeing the best of your photos! :-) Chris

7:15 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Ack, deleted my comment as I had fumble fingers and it was full of typos.

Anyway... interesting shot of the old place. I imagine the old place has a story or two to tell.

BTW, my first fil shots are up.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the tone here..look like a great sunlight when u took this shot...lovely capture:-))

10:14 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

I can almost hear the echo of long past laughter in the halls of this home. Wonderful shot.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Needs lots of TLC, but a great looking place. Well captured Micki!

11:20 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Cool IR shots. Hope to see more of them.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

looks like it needs a little work!! cheers :)

2:42 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Place these next to the definition of 'Handyman Special' :-) Love the added contrast pop with the red filter, and the second image shows such a range of skew. Tri-X was always my poison back in my film-only days - Tri-X 400 and Polycontrast RC paper was an unbeatable combination.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

these two work really well in b/w, there is a great feel about them, has the place been empty for long, you can almost start to see and feel the stories and history to the place.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Nice shots, but thinking channel mixer in photoshop mifght do a good job of adding some contrast.looks bland.

6:31 AM  

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