Saturday, September 02, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Ernesto came and went without us losing power. It went off and on enough times to keep the computer unplugged because it kept shutting down, but not enough to have to gas up the generator. (Laurie, we bought this generator the morning that Isabel hit us back in 2003. I made my hubby go down to Lowe’s and be there when the truck full of generators arrived. Good thing, too, as our power was out for nine days.) We had wind gusts over 50mph and we received twice the expected rainfall. Norfolk set a record for the most rainfall in one day since records have been kept (1871.) We lost numerous trees around our place, very large ones, too. The largest (over 3 feet in diameter) came down just six feet behind my husband’s new motorcycle. That was a close miss. I got to see three of the trees we lost fall, two at the same time. I am always awed each time I see one of these giants go down. My husband spent three hours out in the pouring rain yesterday afternoon cutting up all the felled trees (3 in the driveway) so that I could get out this weekend if I wanted to. :o) While out there, he helped our youngest daughter catch two homeless frogs, displaced when their tree homes came down. Our two giant toads were released so that these big frogs could have a new home inside of ours. They are already comfortable and getting quite used to being handled by our daughter. She’s even rubbed their backs until they’ve fallen asleep in her hand. They make a sound when content and sleeping that is similar to a cat purring.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak Plus-X ISO 125
Shutter Speed - 1 second
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Self Timer and Manual Focus
Lens - Sigma 105mm lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/180
Aperture Setting - f-4.5 Program Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

The Frog Whisperer. What a delightful end to the story! You always have the best stories, Micki!

Now, I really want to know the story behind the picture and the title.


11:24 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

BTW, those are very touching photos.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Very moving images Micki.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Ernesto seems to be taking it fairly easy on us. The power was off at about 5 AM. I think it was only out for a short time, and it came back on by 5:30. The pool is full of small branches and lots of leaves, but no really large branches have come down.

We bought a generator about 2 years ago (?). It sits in the garage waiting for the possibility that it will need to be dragged out at any given moment. We worry more about needing it during the winter storms we get.

I love these photos they are so very moving and profound. They touched me deeply, bringing tears to my eyes and a pain to my heart. Very emotional shots.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

This people look very sad and they sit in their very own prison. :-(

12:33 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Powerful poignant images...

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Glad to hear you "weathered" the storm without too much problmes (though losing three large trees in itself is a loss). Powerful pictures.

1:27 PM  
Blogger orion said...

I should've found this blog earlier! The photos as great and you shoot in film - that's awesome.

2:42 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

MIcki! You speak of tears...I think that mine for these images are for more relevant...I'm stunned. Probably your most powerful work bar none! I can't say any more here....Phil :)

3:26 PM  
Anonymous aj said...

Both images hold a lot of power, the top one especially. Framed perfectly!

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Glad you had not damage to your home!

Love the pictures!

More alike then you think huh ? :-)

4:23 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

These brought tears to my eyes. A picture is worth a thousand words....

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Beautiful and sensitive portraits

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

The Black an White Shot is stunning. It is one of the best shots I have seen on a blog. I know that many comments can be inflated but it truly is a stunning shot.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Micki, what xcan I say about these images apart from how much I love them and how the emotions packed in them are soo moving, one just wonders what emotions are being felt here, joy, shyness, anger, etc. I really do love the compositions of both, You definitely earn yourself a big fat "I Likey" from the Subster. More of images like thes. I really love them.


5:55 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

The first picture is just masterful. Great compo. Great lighting and contrast, filled with emotion

7:50 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

The first one is a real winner. With the filled frame, its like the world is closing in on her.

8:11 PM  
Blogger jj said...

have a profound meaning...nice

8:31 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

It's times like this when i can't find the appropriate words to say. But take care, Micki. We always care for you.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

sounds like quite an exciting storm - i'm glad your sweetie's bike made it through safely (not to mention your house). lovely shots here. why the title?

11:23 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

That top one is one of the most outstanding images EVER....9/10

7:43 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. These two images together speak a thousand words. I find both absolutely fantastic.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Extraordinarily powerful photography. Your images are a paradox in communicating non-communication . . a silent roar . .

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like those kids right now, so blue...

9:25 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Potent photos! We got off easier than you it sounds like from Ernesto. Of course we've lost many trees in recent years so I guess only the toughies are still there :-)

10:48 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Two very expressive shots. They say it all. Very well done...and sad.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very powerful set of images, especially the first one .. just awesome!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous suresh said...

The first one is simply superb shot.

8:25 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Glad to hear that the electricity stayed relatively constant for you!

As far as this pairing of images? Perhaps your most compelling work - nearly speechless here.

6:30 AM  

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