Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- What Brings Back Your Happy Memories?


Blogger micki said...

Weather forecast: 102 today, 103 tomorrow. It was so humid this morning at 8:00 I couldn’t shoot. Oh, I tried, but the lenses fogged up. The lenses fogged up!! What?!? I don’t keep my house that cool – who wants to pay the electric bill? But c’mon. I can’t even shoot at 8:00 in the morning because my lenses fogged up?? No way, tomorrow I’m warming up the camera and lenses the same way I would if it were cold out and I was bringing them in after a day of shooting. No way some heat and humidity’s going to keep me in. (It never gets cold enough here in the winter for me to have that problem when I bring my cameras in after being out. Never thought I’d have the problem in summer.)

This is why this picture makes me smile, (although not so much now. My lenses fogged up!?!) I was taking a couple of shots of the flower shop where I buy my daisies every week. Walking back to the van, I was standing on the corner waiting for a couple of cars to pass. Suddenly I smell something…my grandma’s attic. A rush of happy childhood memories (and the good feeling that goes with them) come over me. Where is that smell coming from. I look around, I look down the side street, then I look up. Above the office of the local weekly paper (Thursdays to be exact) I see it. They have their attic windows open, and a fan blowing air out of one the opened windows. Isn’t it wonderful what memories can be stirred up from one scent? Even that of a musty old attic wafting down the street one Sunday morning.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Gold ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/500
Aperture Setting - f-16 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm lens (bought used from B&H Photo)
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… Maroon cowgirl boots.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Fine picture of the smell's source. I can't believe your fogging up problem with the heat. Cooler days should be on the way.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Smells always trigger memories for me and more than memories, a feeling inside, I guess it would be nostalgia. Sigh...I love when that happens.

I like the photo. I want to ask though is the haze in the photo from your scanner?

Weather is horrid here too, 102 yesterday, today hotter, and tomorrow hotter still. It was so hazy when I went out at 8 am today I gave up before I even started to take pictures. Didn't notice if they fogged up since they never even made it out of the backpack. Boy do I HATE this weather!

I may try to fry an egg on the street and take a picture of that later. I'd do it on the hood of my car but I doubt if that's a good idea. Maybe the junk yard...Hmmmm.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Yanik said...

Simple-yet this a wide angle lense you used? i almost get that feeling....

11:06 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I can't stand it when it gets that hot. It's okay if you are parked in a lawn chair beside a pool but thats about it. The smell of peppermints remind me of my grandma:)

11:42 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Heat haze. A sudden change in temperature could cause a condensation problem with your gear. Smells that evoke memories are cool.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

A simple and lovely shot, however a little too bright for me, there seems to be like a haze on the image. Still a nice shot though.
A very busy Suby

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Now you're bringing back memories long forgotten. :-) I remember my grandmother's house. Everytime that I smell coal, which is not to often, I remember her basement. She had a coal furnace.

It was a big event, for me, when the man would come and refill her coal supply. He would dump it down this chute and oh the sounds it would make and the smell. Wonderful. She didn't have an attic, though.

But, thanks for the trip down memory lane. :-)

1:24 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Any of our senses can trigger a memory but our minds can be as foggy as your cold lens on a humid morning when it comes to identifying which memory it is . . or was.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

That´s funny. In my room is almost the same temperature like outside. And last week it we had temperatures about 100 F and more! I´m sweating all the time and I´m happy that my camera is kind of "waterproof" :-)

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Spyware Removal said...

Smells. Thats what's done it for me.


3:21 PM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

I haven't had that problem yet here in summer although the interior of my house is actually hotter than outside :)

I think just smelling and breathing summer brings back happy memories for me. Good things always seem to happen in summer.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Great story Micki. Hope you sort out the difficulties with your lenses/camera. This image is foggy and I did wonder if it was your scanner or the day? Lovely building.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

yep too hot and humid to go out taking picture...almost 100 in NYC. btw kinda cool efffect from the foggy lens...i think u did in PS:-P this angle give a surreal look against bright blue sky...i like it:-)

9:34 PM  
Blogger Mike Adkins Photography said...

Hello. Thanks for the kind words about the Kitty Picture my grand daughter took. You state you do not have any photo editing software. If you have heard of Photoshop then there is a free software called GIMP that does just about everything Photoshop does. You should check it at at

11:17 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

You know I like this, I tohught I woyuldnt but this effect seems to fit the photo well, if I'm not mistaken youve added gamma in the exposure?

8:26 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Ohhhhh lol you're lens was fogged up! LOL

8:27 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I love the simplicity of this shot. The composition is perfect--great angle and you filled the frame with the building beautifully. The fogged lens really does add a nice effect. Who knows--you may end up inventing a lens filter to do that same thing!

Great work!

10:27 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Our sense of smell stores and evokes powerful memories, indeed - I can't even remember how many times an aroma has taken be back in time and place...

8:39 AM  

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