Saturday, July 22, 2006

Leaving Home


Blogger micki said...

Fell asleep around 10:30 last night, woke up a little before midnight to make an e-bay purchase for daughter #3’s birthday gift, and then hit some blogs for 2 ½ hours. Visited a lot of sites I’ve not seen in a few weeks. Mind you, 2 ½ hours isn’t that many hits when you have a dial up connection. I had fun, a little hot chocolate, some time to myself…

Just as I was ready to hit the hay, my older son woke up. After only four hours of sleep, he was rip roarin’ and ready to go. He’s still up. I barely got any sleep, what with his squeals and running around. Luckily it was a Friday night. The girls were up past four playing video games anyway (and quite loudly I might add,) and my younger son can sleep through anything. I was about losing my cool around 6:00 a.m., when my said older son sat down and gave me a kiss on each cheek. Now, he’s never been able to give kisses, and he still can’t. But he’s been watching his younger brother give us kisses on each cheek for the last couple of weeks. Son number two is quite loud and slurpy with his kisses, and this morning my older son made his best attempt at a kiss. Melted my heart and set me back on track! What’s a little lost sleep when this was my reward??

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak PlusX ISO 125
Shutter Speed - 4 seconds (self timer)
Aperture Setting - f-32 Shutter Priority
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

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Bringing Sunday afternoons full of football into my life.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Don said...

An attractive, if ghostly looking, image! :-) Processing seems right on. I'm glad you got a reward for your lack of sleep. Can we expect to see a smooch picture sometime?

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

where did you go ? :)

10:18 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...


I love this picture.

10:18 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

This is absolutely awesome and lovely and so wonderful and... wow.
I always found the kodak plus x film quite fitting for my little adventures. Isn't it funny how well it works?

11:09 AM  
Blogger jj said...

love this one!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wow what a really great shot. Has a very emotive and even a little sensual feel to it.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Wonderful post... sometime we need an old fashioned "priority shift."

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Good long exposure. Has a feminine, Southern charm to it with the hand lifting dress.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Beautiful! One of my favorites of yours! Your post brought tears to my eyes. A special moment indeed:)

11:43 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Gotta say I love the tone, its very suttle which relates to the picture, although moving out is a dramatic experience, looks very simple here.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

A deliciously ghostly and very stylish four seconds.

1:34 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Your words always move me deeply, Micki. They invoke a lot of thoughts and feelings in me, but i don't really know how to put them to words. i'd be very thankful to have a mum like you.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Donncha said...

Lovely. I really like the ghostly quality!


1:59 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful and ghostly. Very well done.

Lovely and touching memory that you shared. :-)

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

It's football season already?
Btw.. congratulations on your son's first kisses. When my son allows me to scoop him up in my arms and hold him tight, it just melts my heart. Took him five years to get to that point.
Now.. if only we can get him potty trained!

This is a great image, looks nearly like a "ghostly" photo. Nicely done.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Quite ghostly! I like the look. How did you accomplish that?

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

There's a spiritual quality about this image. Very ethereal and delicate. Well done.

You're right...what's a little sleep in the scheme of things. Years from now you won't remember anthing about this night but the kiss that ushered in the morning after.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Micki, your talents are amazing. I frankly believe there are two of you. The variety of shots and techniques you use covers the full gambit. I'll echo some of the same comments above. Ghostly, sensual, the story, the exposure time to create the effect. Excellent.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

awesome technique. I like out of the ordinary shots like this one.

you browse photoblogs on dialup? my gosh. You are brave.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very cool!!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Yanik said...

Love this!!! Ghostly!!

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Wonderful ghostlike capture...for me the dres and barefeet really make this shot!

7:58 AM  
Anonymous geof said...

Great picture and love the text. Your right a hug or a kiss every now and then from the kids makes life so much easier.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Great, great shot. Congratulations to your son for such a big step forward. Isn't it great when they do something like this that sets your thoughts straight? :-) Chris

7:17 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

What a wonderful reward Micki at the end of a long night. You are right little things like that are so wonderful. I love this shot...I think probably my favourite of yours....beautifully dreamy reminds me of those spirit photos from the turn of the 19th century..very cool. Phil

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Xavier said...


I found your blog via JLC (which, I must say knows a lot of good adresses). I like very much this picture : ghostly as after a night without sleep... oups, i forgot it was nearly the case.

I will come often to see your shots. They are really nice.

Hello from Belgium.

Xavier (OdM)

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...


5:06 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Well worth losing a few hours of sleep I'd say!

Cool ghostly shot!

8:13 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Loving each and every one of your long exposure experiments :-)

7:50 AM  

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