Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- I Need Wide Open Spaces


Blogger micki said...

This shot is another personal shot that made me smile. As I’ve mentioned before, the peninsula I live on, as well as the entire state, is heavily forested. More than 50% of the land in the entire state is covered with trees. Everywhere I go, every road I turn down, the trees are there. They go right up to the water’s edge. I can’t see the sunrise or the sunset from my yard, I have to drive to the river or the bay to see these events. I can’t use the sky as a background in my photos, as a tree always pops into the picture. I am becoming very frustrated.

Well, imagine my surprise when I was out driving with my youngest daughter and my sons one afternoon…looking for something to shoot…and I turned down this road. It was so incredibly wide open. They were farming on one side of the road, and the other side just had a house stuck way back from the road here and there. I’ve not seen anything like this in the five years we’ve been living here. So, I hope this isn’t too boring for you, but I like to look at this shot once in awhile and feel all that empty space. It does my claustrophobia good. I’ll have to drive up there again, if I can remember where I was. The cool thing about living on a peninsula is there’s only one main road running north and south. If you turn off that road, one of two things will happen: a) you ride the road until it winds back onto the main road again or b) you dead end at the water. Then you just check the sun and figure out which direction you’re pointing in. Unless it’s today. Today Alberto is in charge…we’re really wet.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji True Definition ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-32 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Polarizing filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:29 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Lovely. I could use some of that myself.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Trees ever being considered a problem had me mystified but now I see exactly what you mean about open spaces in this bright airy pic. And peninsular living I know from a home where the peninsular is 30 miles wide and the sea stops me getting lost every time!

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

Just a space... Not a boring shot, a quiet one.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Beautiful wide open spaces and lovely clouds!


9:44 AM  
Blogger chantal stone said...

great photo....what is the lab that you use? and how are they about preserving the integrity of your negatives? i'm looking for a decent lab that won't scratch my negs, but won't cost me a small fortune either.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous jez said...

That is so bewitching in its simplicity. I love the triad of field, treeline and sky, the way the sky feels so light and summery. nice work.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I absolutely love scenes like this, and what a gorgeous shot! Everytime I see a big field I imagine having a picnic in it. :-)

11:44 AM  
Blogger Tibs said...

A very peaceful scene

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

This is such a beautiful scene. Love it Micki

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Reminds me of the Windows XP wallpaper, nice one Micki!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

I like this.. I wish the grass was a little greener.. but it's great!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to be my favorite of all your fotos - very, very nice!


2:11 PM  
Anonymous Deepak Kaul said...

Beautiful pic, lovely shades of green

2:12 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

i love this shot (and wide open spaces, and the dixie chicks ;)

gorgeous colors, simple but elegant.

2:24 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Wonderful to see a wide-open vista like this! So many of these scenes are being replaced with overpriced, cookie-cutter houses around here...

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

ThatMs some green greens. I love it.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Doris said...


3:45 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

looks like a great day and the clouds look gorgeous.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Beautiful greens and a wonderful looking day.
Nice picture qualities. Peninsula driving sounds very nteresting

4:05 PM  
Blogger NOSTALGIE said...

so nice and calm!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

I like this open space shot a lot! Especially since you had such nice weather for it! It indeed looks very friendly and inviting.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Micki, I looooove those bands of color/tone. The yellow-green field is such a great happy color!

Hope you have more happy fun surprises when you wander.

And thanks for the steady stream of comments, I am glad you're visiting!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

Super sky. It reminds me of the opening shots of Springfield in the Simpsons.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

airy landscape...nice color and gorgeous sky:-))

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Composition and colors are terrific! Excellent work!!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love open spaces like this! A nice peaceful feel to it.

12:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Lovely colours in your wide open spaces image. The clouds and trees in the distance draw the eye into the shot... make me wonder what's behind the trees. Probably more water?? Chris

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I understand your claustrophobia Micki so i understand too how you were happy to take this free space.
Your description makes me feeling claustrophobia at the moment.

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

beautiful shot, its great when you come across little gems like this.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Fraser said...

I am at a conference in Indiana right now with lots of wide-open spaces and it does have a sense of liberation. I have mountains in my soul, however, I guess reflecting where I was reared. This shot is lovely!

5:03 AM  
Anonymous david said...

delightful photo: i really like images with big big skies uch as this one.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

No, I need wide open spaces!!!
Can we switch? You wanted to see long skylines, I want to see this!!! :)
Lovely shot, greewn and blue does contrast very well, and clouds are puffy and cottony.

6:25 AM  
Blogger jj said...

envy sunshine! we are in the middle of rainy season completely :(

7:50 AM  
Anonymous angie said...

gorgeous, micki! the polarizer really adds some kick to this. love the brightness of the grass!

8:00 AM  

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