Wednesday, July 12, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Electricity went out this morning…a little late posting.

So, Sunday I was able to go out shooting! It was a great way to start the day. I’m driving out in the early morning light, no real plan. It wasn’t a good day to have no plan, as my time was limited. I decided to go to the park and see what I could see. I started off by shooting the men going out on their little boats for some fishing and time away from the old lady. I was getting a few, ‘why are you disturbing my morning with your picture taking’ looks. Then I shot this old tree stump that was in the water. Not in the zone, I thought I’d switch over to a macro lens. As I was heading back to the van, I noticed a goose feather covered with the tiniest drops of morning dew. Nice side lighting, so I had a plan. I was entering the zone. However, on the way to the van, I spotted the tiniest of wildflowers. Just a couple of them…pastel yellow and shimmering with the same tiny drops of dew. Forget the feather, this was it. Out came the macro lens, the extension tubes, and the bag of rice. Darn if I wasn’t wearing my favorite pair of jeans, the ones with the holes that go from above the knee to half down the calf. These flowers were on grass growing up out of dirt and rocks. It hurt, but you know what they say…no pain, no gain. Beautiful side and back lighting and as the light was good, I was able to stop down the lens pretty far and still keep the shutter speed manageable. Then all these most interesting and lovely minute bugs started visiting these little blooms.

Almost a half hour later, I realized that I’d basically been in the same position as the duck on today’s post. My tail end had been in the air as I was taking all these pictures. What a sight I must have been. Well, sometimes you just gotta get your tail up to get the catch, right?

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/750
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm
Heavy cropping to get rid of the other duck butt that swam into the shot as I tripped the shutter.
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…. That oh so low singing voice that serenaded us on long road trips south.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Is there a weight tied round its neck?

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

This post cracked me up. Love it. Not supposed to smile an laugh though, just back from the dentist (oooouuccchhhh)


10:53 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

:-)) great timing...synchronized diving:-P nice capture
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11:06 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Really fun shot. Good timing. :-)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This started my day with a smile.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

great shot micki!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

awwwww I love photo's like this heheheh

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Hahahaha, lovely capture!!

1:08 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

How cute! :)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Haha, definitely got me sitting here smiling. :)

2:23 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

good timing on getting the shot :) and i do like the reflection you've captured.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

:-) This shot makes me remeber my childhood where we sing this song about ducks...

4:51 PM  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Put a big grin on my face. Well done!!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

LOL. I see your subjects take interesting poses also.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Talk about great timing! Great shot!

7:45 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Got a laugh from me Micki. Great shot. Chris

8:39 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Loveit! Definitely amusing, although I will ask why you didn't leave the other duck butt...after all two butts are better than one. (Just kidding, the crop is perfect.)

9:03 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great shot Micki...I saw a similar scen with about 8 Canada Geese. 7 of them would simultaneousy dive, while the 1 would keep watch! As luck would have it, I didn't bring my camera along that day. Would have made a funny shot!

9:36 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice shot, Micki :)

1:06 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

nice angle Micki! I took a very similar photo of one of our local duck species the other day! must post it soon..:)

3:54 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Great reportage from the peninsular and the inverted duck is a hoot! Love the reflection.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i do like a smile on a grey miserable day! thanks!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Great timing to get this shot. Funny.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

It's feeding time. Nice capture.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Tizio said...

Something under?

8:03 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

I loved your story. Good thing there wasn't another photog to happen by while you were "diving" :-)

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Hilarious! This kindda reminds me of the somersaulting bug on Shutterchance today : )

5:56 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Oye, I can't believe I almost missed this (life's been a bit hectic). Hehe, and to think you nearly did the same, minus the water. Funny. Shame that there's no shot of *that*. *chuckles*

5:28 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Dabbling duck butts are an instant smile-maker :-)

11:52 PM  

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