Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Fisheye on the Piankatank


Blogger micki said...

On this day, I missed the best colors of the sunrise. I grabbed a few shots upon my late arrival, (I had been somewhere else, but the sunrise wasn’t visible from that part of the island, so I made a mad dash for location Plan B. The sunrise looked beautiful…in my rearview mirror.) It began to cloud up shortly thereafter, but I stuck around to have a little fun with my fisheye lens. Some of you might recognize this little blue boat from the first Holga shot I ever posted. The old fisheye was in true form that day and I snapped quite a few pics.

So, this location is one of many on the peninsula where folks can come to launch their boats into the river. I like to come here often to see what I can see. They have a barn full of sheep and chickens along side the docks, but as the sign as you enter the launch area says “members only,” and I’m not, I stick to photographing the water. Once I can time it right so that I can meet the owners and ask permission, I’m hoping to grab some critter shots. I did meet their dog on this morning. Anyway, this shot looks east onto the Piankatank River, which actually separates our peninsula to the north and helps to form a smaller peninsula. Did that make sense? I guess what I’m saying is that I live on the middle of three peninsulas on the east coast of Virginia. If you look closely at our peninsula, it is actually made up of three even smaller peninsulas. Whatever, probably more info than you want to know. It is a really cool area, though.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 16mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:23 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Amazing! I love that you left the curvature of the lens in this shot. Great job!

8:39 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Love your framing and the reflection on the surface of the water...beautiful shot..one of your best...8.5/10

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I lile trhe composition of this shot, but I keep wondering if this would have even looked better in monochrome with a sepia tone, But what do I know, it looks great the way it is :)

Apologies for my tardiness in visiting lately, just taking a brief break from blogging

9:34 AM  
Anonymous ana said...

Oh, I actually love this shot. The cloudy sky makes it all the more better! Of course a great sunrise is always a plus, but in this case, the over cast is perfect!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Love this shot. Waterfront shots are some of my favorites. Love the reflection of the sky.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous John said...

I first thought that the mesh cage was a glass tank. I think there is a surreal twist to this image and nobody else seems to have spotted it. Not your fault, but the word verification, is not very clear at times, the way a lower case 'j' is done looks like an 'i'

10:50 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I really like the fisheye look. Great reflections.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous david said...

what a smashing shot - it really does look like you live in a lovely area!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Nice, Micki. I love The Tidewater. I miss The East Coast from time to time.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

I like that it's so centrical. Cool colors. :-)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

I like the cage being there, the lines of the boat, the marble look to the water and the reflections of the dock & boat to the left. Kinda cool that the tree lines end on either side of the boat like that.

Also enjoyed yesterday's bumby mushroom. :) beautiful structure against a mixture of muted surrounding colors.

Thanks for the comments you left on my new site. I appreciate it!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This is a nice peaceful image. It almost looks desaturated to me and has a timeless feel to it. Well done Micki. Have you had a chance to use the Holga much?

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the reflections and superb framing, nice one Micki!!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

What a neat little shot. I feel I could walk right up to that blue boat. For fisheye, this is very restrained and I like the overall effect.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

What a nice one ! I like the silver color of the sky and the water with the sweet and harmonious blue!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

much diversity in landscape, people, prejudices, income and the rest in Virginia, I miss it

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

OH the cloud reflection is great!!!!!!

The blue of the boat stands out nicely!

4:53 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Nice work Micki....looks even better larger. I need one of those lenses! Phil

6:46 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Very nice micki. Theres spherical element thats enhanced from the reflections on the water. A convex horizon is drawn backward into the image instead of across it.
The cubist element that the cage creates is an ironic and interesting contrast to the effect of the lens.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

The reflection on the water is haunting! The blue of the boat stands out... a perfect picture.You need to have a gallery to show off your collection Mickey! I love learning about your town thank you for your photos!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

What an interesting shot! I don't think I've ever used a fisheye lens before.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Really nice shot Micki!
Makes me wanna go hang out by the water.


10:55 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

What a wonderful perspective on tis pier, Micki!!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I like the reflections in the water and the curved lines on the dock and the blue color...oh heck, I like the whole image. Well done.

I have family in Virginia - visit there a couple times a year. Beautiful place.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Great shot! Now I must drag out my maps to place the Piankatank! The name is familiar but I just can't orient myself to where it is!

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

I like the composition of this shot it is so well suited to using a fish eye. The reflections along with the blue / silver tones produce a wonderfull image.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Diane - Daily Walks said...

Hi Micki,

I have just been going through your portfolio of images and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Of course, your macros caught my eye and many others. I really like this one...the calmness and the colors especially. Thank you so much for your recent comments on my blog. I'm so glad that you left your link!

8:20 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Super serene - completely calming.

The lens distortion draws us right into the image - that cage does seem impervious to the effect and produces a wonderful "Whaaa?" moment :-)

6:48 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

i love this one very much micki .;)

5:24 AM  

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