Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Couple on the Beach (in infrared)

17 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Here’s why this image makes me smile. When we are kids, we go through our days without worries or cares. We’ve got our whole lives ahead of us and for the most part, we don’t have to do anything to make it all work. We get to enjoy everything that is life, but we’re too young to appreciate it. Then we reach our adult years and all the responsibilities that go with. We spend our weekdays longing for the end of the week to get a breather and take in some of what we’re missing. We work all year long to get away for a week or two, but how many of us really do? When we’re away, where are our thoughts? Are we worried about what isn’t getting done at the office, what we didn’t get accomplished before we left on vacation, all that we’ll have to do when we return? Then we reach the sunset years of our life. The responsibilities have dwindled down, and once again we can spend our days enjoying life that is. We can sit on a beach at noon on a Wednesday and just take is all in. Only this time, we really appreciate it.

I went to the beach to shoot the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel in infrared. After a couple of shots I headed back to the van with my son. Then I spotted this couple. He kept looking my way and I kept swinging the camera back toward the ship until finally I was able to capture this image. Just one, and hope for the best. Then I had to get back to the orthodontist’s office to pick up my daughter, then it was back home to pick up the rest of the kids and head off to music lessons. I was appreciated what I saw that day, even if I was only there a couple of minutes. That’s OK, though. This is the stage of life I’m in now. All is good.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak HIE Infrared which I rated at ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 75-300mm zoom lens @ 300mm
Polarizer Filter and a #25 Red 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… Not throwing me in the water in a futile attempt to teach me to swim. I appreciate that.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous AP said...

Wonderful image micki and lovely narrative to go with it. Its really hits home. I really gotta take time out to enjoy the scenery more.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine picture. The infrared gives a different character. Now i"m waiting fo the tall ship.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous david said...

confused me greatly this one - for an age i could only see one very oddly shaped individual!

9:38 AM  
Blogger micki said...

The color versions of the ship that I had taken the evening before this day can be seen here: Kalmar Nyckel: The Tall Ship of Deleware

9:39 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Nice capture Micki and always a great narrative to go with it......Dribble...Phil

9:41 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

Nice picture Micki.
I really love the relax images :-)

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Gee I don't know what happened but every time I would go to your blog the last few days the pages were not updating, so I was seeing the shots from days ago...very odd. Now I see you've been updating and posting all along. I have no idea why it was only opening to the dead coneflower everytime I went to it. It wasn't until I went to your archives that it "corrected". It must have been loading a cached page for some odd reason. I think I must be having the same issue on some other blogger pages (It seems to be happening only with blogger pages) Very strange...

Anyway I have some catching up to do!

This shot is very nice...not my favorite infrared from you, but I love the subject and the words and thoughts that you put with it. Very sweet.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

What you say is so very true for alot of people. I really do try and take time to smell the roses. I think being a gardener and photographer helps that. I believe for the most part that people are as busy as they want to be. A lovely image of two people soaking up the scenery.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely shot!
My camera does not support infra red :(

1:47 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Mickey were you hiding in the bushes as natureboy and I enjoyed the beach!
Yup when you retire and the children have their own lives life is a "beach"..for me it is! I savor each and every day I have.At times the waves are disturbing but alas there is
a peaceful calm.With eyes wide open I pick up the gifts!Great post!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

look like a dream shot...lovely couple:-) nice IR shot.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Tempus fugit... Your texte and your shot are very well accorded. Nice both!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Such an insightful narrative that, this time, the pic is the bonus! Sunset years, eh? I seem to have been photographing a few sunsets lately . . . and taking my time about it.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

You have obtained I magnify result, I I want to also prove this photographic treatment. Greetings

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I think images like these are aquired taste, looks good to me. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, different and as you know I like different, I like people who take risk on their images :) Good one

Suby

6:02 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

A date late in visiting, but the smile is still there :-)
Refreshing to see an IR image with people as the point of interest, as so often IR shots are landscape / scenic in nature (at least the one's I've seen). Your explanation of why this particular shot makes you smile is the frosting on the cupcake!

6:27 AM  

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