Friday, July 14, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s goose was one of many; there were also plenty of domestic looking white ducks as well on the day I took that shot. I’m thinking that folks get their kids ducklings and goslings for Easter, and then when the birds get big, noisy, and dirty, off to the animal shelter they go. From there, they wind up at the north end of the park where they are well fed by all the visitors. None of these critters that day were intimidated by me, as a matter of fact, they were quite friendly. No doubt looking for a hand out. Yesterday’s goose had grass stuck in his mouth, Suby. I had one shot that was closer, but he face was shaded by the side mirror on my van.

I have to admit that my scanner did a little better with this matte finished, grainy picture than I thought it could. The tones are off, and it’s not quite as sharp as the print, but I’m not complaining this time.

So, today you get specialty film day…this is Kodak’s TMax 3200 film and I shot it in my Minolta 9000 with the motor drive (thanks, Dad!) That is one heavy camera by itself, but put on the motor drive and the program back and it’s a workout using that puppy.

Back to the film, I absolutely have fallen in love with this film. Of course, I will have to sell a kidney to keep having it processed and get the prints made, but it just might be worth it.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak TMax 3200
Shutter Speed - 1/500
Aperture Setting - f-11 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Oh the days before safety regulations! Today I’m thankful for allowing us to ride in the back of the pick up truck on warm summer evenings. What a blast!!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Wonderful, soft shot. It's quite lovely and has an ageless quality.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Classic shot. Very Victorian in feel.

10:30 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

A lovely soft image has a beautiful feel to it...timeless! Phil

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Philippe said...

Nice B&W...I know one day Ill give up digital for B&W Film photography...just waiting for a sign from heaven...

Lovely work as always ;)

10:41 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

That's such a lovely image Micki. I love the softness in the textures, and the calm, smooth feeling overall. Well done!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Looks like late 19th century photography. Nice

11:25 AM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

This photo looks quite old. When did you take it? And who is it? Looks good.

12:50 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

This is an absolutely lovely portrait.

Wait Micki... you're being figurative when you mentioned selling a kidney right?

1:07 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely portrait...nice bw tone and i like the flowers setting and the pose...sweet shot:-))

1:08 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice shot, has a timeless feel

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the soft effect, great portrait.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

This is simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A wonderful work. I love the atmosphere of this portrait .

3:15 PM  
Anonymous AirBete said...


3:21 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

you can't do this effect with digital cameras...great portrait...

8:47 PM  
Blogger matt said...

I certainly love the film look of this, but I'm also taken by how 70's this photo looks. Why is that? Perhaps it is the genuine expression on your subject's face, or the element of tranquility that the daisies add. In any case, I love the photo.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Raymond Tse said...

Great capture - this is how B&W should be.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous tad said...

oh. elegant! :)

1:52 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

This looks like it has been lifted from a long-lost album . . a timeless quality about it. A treasure.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Very nice portrait! Love the composition.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Beautiful image of your daughter Micki. Lovely and soft.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Abe Gelatinmixman said...

Beautiful shot!

1:31 AM  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Very lovely shot. A beautiful mood well captured.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, this is very nice, even with the grain. Perhaps that's not correct because I think that the grain adds a certain character to it. I like it a lot. Hopefully you framed this one and put it up somewhere in the house!

Wow! TMax 3200!

6:36 PM  
Blogger B said...

that's an absolutely gorgeous portrait micki! nice choice of film, too. it does add a vintage feel to the image.

12:34 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice portrait !

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

Beautiful portrait you've taken. I didn't understand why would it be so expensive to have it processed for prints. Why did you use 3200 film ?

12:52 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

So dreamlike - and what a quiet, knowing expression - a realization of inner happiness captured....

12:17 AM  

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