Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- One Saturday Morning Across the Bridge into Yorktown

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Blogger micki said...

(Can’t upload onto Blogger this morning…at least right now. I might try later. For now I’m using ImageShack to post.)

Even less sleep last night -- three hours and 15 minutes. I am now running on adrenaline. Haven’t had nights like this in almost a year. My son got by on 5 to 5 ½ hours a sleep a night for two and a half years. No naps during the day. I was used to it then, not used to it now. If this keeps up, I’m going to start looking my age.

So, went down to the beach in Yorktown to shoot the sunrise one Saturday morning. It never came up, btw. I arrived early, and while I was killing time reading a magazine…photography magazine of course…I looked over at the empty restaurant next to my van. I immediately thought of one of my favorite images over at H.O.’s spot, Let’s Go Slowly http://hosphoto.blogspot.com/ He had taken photos inside of a restaurant at about 1:00 a.m. It was only about 5:00 this morning when I took mine. I think of all the ruckus going on in this place now during tourist season, and I image the building enjoying the peace and quiet during this time of day.

Since the sun never showed itself, I took a couple photos of this really nice gentleman I met that morning. He combs this very small beach every day starting about 5:00 a.m. I thought to myself, what a waste of time. Then he told me what he found just during the month of June. His treasures included over 500 coins totally $52 and over a dozen rings, five of them diamonds. Not bad for an hour or two’s work every morning, and he gets to see the sun rise while he’s doing it! At least he does most mornings, just not the one I was there. It should’ve been rising right behind him in the last image when I snapped that one. Sorry about the crooked horizon, shooting close to the shore causes that, and I opted to get my subject straight over the horizon line. I’ll never look at these beach combers the same…there ARE treasures to be found out there…at least during tourist season.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak 125 Plus-X
Shutter Speed - 30 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Scanning the Beach Before Dawn – Oil Refinery in the Background
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra400VC
Shutter Speed - 1/3
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode +1EV
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens at 300mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Scanning Up Close
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra400VC
Shutter Speed - 1/20
Aperture Setting - f-4 Program Mode +1EV
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm @ 110mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Happy Birthday, Cliff!! We love you!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

I love the first shot! It's a timeless shot surrounded by a nice border too!


12:01 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

You earn a quick well desrved "I Likey" from the Subster on the top shot. Loving it to bits.

A very busy Suby

12:20 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

First one feels like it should be hanging at a local restaurant in an old mill town with americana stamped on it. Very nice work

12:27 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

The first b&w in the restaurant is my favourite today. It's one of those shots that immediately bring the viewer to location.

Do take care of yourself. Please convey my best birthday wishes to Cliff, too. :)

1:17 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

I just love that first photo!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Love the restaurant shot which really looks frozen in time. Nice to know there are places like that still to be found if only we bother to look Just like the beachcomber’s approach . . seek and find.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

I think the top whot wins it today :-)

4:38 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice bw shot in the resturant....lovely tone and hiligt...last shot is nice composition- and kinda emotinal:-))

4:52 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Hi Micki. I'm with everyone else. That top shot is fantastic. I really like the lights and shades and reflections off the wall. Seems to me that beachcomber has the right of it. What a way to live your life. I wonder if he ever tries to find owners for the rings.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Interesting to see what others do at 5
.am. while I am doing the watering in my garden and other tasks. When the sun comes out I am ready for a shower
and photographing my beauties! Oh yes I work in my P.J.'s..doesn't everyone!! :) I should send my garden fairies over to your house to sprinkle their fairy dust over you for a well deserved rest.Beauty comes from within
and we can see it..all of yours!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The first one is my favorite. It's a wonderful nostalgic shot!

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Hi Micki,
Really impressed with what you've been doing lately. I love the top b&w shot- the framing is perfect. Nice work!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Love viewing the scenery in your area. Good post.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I wish I could get outta bed to see the sunrise. As for sleep deprevation....that just sucks! I have never been good at. Sending a birthday wish to Cliff also:). A fellow leo!

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Interesting what you find on the beach. You know that's something I never really understand how in this day there are still treasures that we pirates are after...Nice one Micki

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, I love these glimpses into your town's personality. What a treat to live right near the beach and in a small town ... well, except for the lack of high speed internet. ;-)

I'm pretty sure, though, that you are all very happy when tourist season is over and "we" go home.

8:45 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

What great atmosphere captured in that restaurant image - always a treat to find in a place that's normally bustling with activity.

8:00 AM  

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