Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Studious Toad (first in a series)


Blogger micki said...

Been so busy with this and that…shooting, drumming, back to school work for the girls, just pulled two loaves of bread out of the oven (I want french toast for dinner tonight, but I was out of bread) and yesterday I made a batch of soap. I’ll make two more over the next month and then hopefully I won’t have to make any more until next spring. I’ve been making soap now for more than seven years. Haven’t bought a bar of soap in all that time. Even used it on the boys for baths from the day I brought them home from the hospital. My soap is all vegetable fats…olive oil based, and is very mild with a small bubble lather. Anyway, so much going on, but enjoying all the busyness.

Hope you enjoy my toad shots. This guy LOVED posing. I set up three different shots so I could just move him from one to the other before he got too jumpy. He actually enjoyed sitting in each scene. It’s only when I moved him that he’d get all hoppy. Then I’d place him in the next shot and he’d sit happily. What a poser!

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-8 Manual Settings from Gray Card Reading
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:13 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Smiling ear to ear here!

Did he sign a model release with that tiny pencil? :-)

9:26 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Hehe, when I first looked at it I thought to myself: Self, this is an ispiring photograph; but where is the smile effect? Then it occured to me that I, indeed had looked, but not SEEN at all. It's so subtle that you really have to "stay tuned" to the picture to SEE the toad. Very awesome!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

What a fun shot. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Don said...

And a fun shot it is! Nice composition of items. Well done.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Nice image! It made me smile!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Maybe you should have chilled him a bit to slow him down...It worked for the bugs. ;-D

I love it, so very charming.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

HAHAH I didn't even see the little guy until i was reading your Info on the shot and thought what the heck is she talking about ? LOL

Very cute!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...


1:17 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Haha what a funny toad! Indeed a lot of smiles you've brought us. :)

1:22 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Lovely toad. Compared to most critters, they are much more cooperative and good subjects indeed. Really looking forward to the series!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Very cool concept - it worked out well.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

:-))) cool shot...i love the setting , the light and composition r great:-))

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Is he a Prince in disguise ?

4:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Toad goes to School! Micki, an excellent concept and great outcome. I love the way everything is just out of focus except the toad. I just HATE toads! They used to bring me nightmares when I was a child. Having said that, I do look forward to seeing your next two shots with the toad.


7:59 PM  
Anonymous Jason Ertel said...

Cute shot! Lighting and composition is great.


8:24 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

Did the toad wet himself with excitment? There's an ominous shadow behind him.
This is really fun. Can't wait to see him drumming away or pulling the next batch of bread out of the oven...but take him to the bathroom first.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Not just smiling, but seriously laughing!!! I love this shot! What a cooperative little model. Did you get a model release? ;-)

8:43 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Too cool! Love it Micki!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

That's the coolest idea ever Micki. Getting a toad to pose for a picture, wow. I love it. I'm really looking forward to the rest of your toad photos.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love this! At first I thought...did she put him in the fridge to chill him? Glad you didn't have too. I would have felt sorry for him.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

He looks a great deal like my 10th grade english teacher :-) Very cool concept, well done.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

How cute is this????? TOO good!!

11:43 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

:D Thanks for the smile. Very imaginative idea! Perfectly set up. Love the little school supplies & lamp. Terrific shot!

While I was at the fair a few weeks ago, there was a lady making soap. The soap she was making was made with mint & smelled very nice. She also had a display of all kinds of various handmade soaps that you could buy.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Is that a frog/toad? Eeeewwwwww. lovely composition though. You make brea, soap? And take pictures as well, so where do you find the time? :)


6:45 AM  
Anonymous clarence said...

You are lucky to have such a great poser! Hope u got some close-ups!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

LOL, funny one, I wish I could freeze toads sounds fun (I read post after this first) lol well done!

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

A nice composition just like a model for classic painter of vainglory...

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

This is awesome funny and good shot :-) Very nice still world with the toad. Toad looks well exposed, but miniature books and paper look overexposed. How to avoid it?

10:18 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is such a funky shot. Love it!

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic. I Love the Frog.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

Lovely shot.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

really nice composition...the frog looks perfect ...

4:25 AM  

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