Friday, September 22, 2006



Blogger micki said...

This is another from a roll of T-Max that I shot back in the early spring. I had wanted to produce a lot of grain, and thought that if I pushed the T-Max a few stops, that would happen. Well, it didn’t. But this turned out to be a good thing. If I ever need to shoot under low light conditions, I know that I can push a roll of T-Max and get excellent (albeit, costly) results! For the same price of developing, I can shoot a roll of 3200 and get all the grain I want!! And speaking of grain, I got a roll of Tri-X back in the mail yesterday and got some really nice early morning shots that came out just as I’d hoped. You’ll be seeing those soon.

I wish you all could see this print in person, the details are phenomenal, despite the strong contrast in my daughter’s all black outfit and the white wall I had her stand in front of. I metered off a gray card for this image and the exposure was very accurate. It was an extremely overcast day.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak T-Max 400 Pushed to ISO 3200
and I still can’t see any grain!!
Shutter Speed - 1/350
Aperture Setting - f-8 Manual Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:26 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I really like the placement of your daughter in the frame. Unfortunately, the screen images just don't do justice to many of these pictures.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i really like the high key look. and i am very impressed with the lack of grain considering that it was taken at 3200.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

You've managed to capture an intimate moment wonderfully! The framing is perfect. Well done.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

Excellent quality - can't even see the grain.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Ash said...


10:47 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

That is a very nice shot, Micki. Fantastic! I'm actually sitting in a class right now and should be paying attention. :-)


10:48 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Spectacular… without but words. A greeting!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Nice!! Really great contrast and crisp despite the 3200 ISO..strange result, but excellent!

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

love it a lot. I like bw shots, you've a good composition I like the 1/3 split, well done

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Such mood in this photo! WEll done!

1:28 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

very nice that contrast....8.25/20

2:25 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

a little attitude in this shot, very nice

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A graphic and strong composition and game on B&w, here. Thanks for your recent comments, I will look on your recent post on the next week , when the free time will coming back.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Warren said...

Love this.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Nice shot, do I sense some attitude?

6:01 PM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

Heh heh. The cover for her first album.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

We are taking serious photography here. The modeling, the exposure and composition would not be out of place in a glossy magazine. Another new high, I think.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This does look like a album cover! Well done Micki:)

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

Very abstract and "intense" looking, despite all of the white negative space.

Good job on getting it without the grain....

9:16 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Your daughter shows much body language.MOODY that's what it says.
Good contrast.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

I have to say that for ISO 3200, this is quite impressive! Which camera is this? (in my mind, I went "this has to be Canon" but reading the side information on the page, it seems you're using a Minolta primarily). In any case, I'm suspecting that as the light decreases on a particular scene, you'll start seeing more grain.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

Hey, Micki! Sorry it's been a while. Schoolwork/studying is piling up. Thanks for continuing to comment on my site! I especially loved: A Smile for Wednesdays: Sibling love!!! That was such an honestly beautiful portrait of those two, making my eyes water. Wonderful capture! Also enjoyed, Feather in the Grass, B&W Seed Pod, the eagle(how sad, but good that they are taken care of), and this b&w of your daughter! Brilliant threatening body posture and interesting outfit. I wouldn't dare mess with her. :)

1:42 AM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

very nice portrait I like the placement of this woman

2:13 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

Hi Micki

Nice pictur I like that :)

Next time I recommend Fuji Neopan400 if you still have not use this film before.
Of course Try-X is good choice for make grain images :)
Anyway nice picture and T-Max is very stable low grain film.Like a High Tech :)

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Micki, you're giving us a real lesson about using the b&w film

I have to say your daughter is a pretty top model. LoL

Did you do the developing yourself?
Have a nice week-end with your family Micki

4:36 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

I love the way your daughter is posed in this one Micki. Great shot. Did you get one on the vertical?

8:53 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wonderful. What a great sense of self posessed attitude.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The teenage angst is evident in her body language. Great shot.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Superb framing, love the pitch black .. great shot! And oh, it doesn't seem like its an 3200 ISO image .. superb!!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

That is great Micki. Mean and moody and not just the photo!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

I can so feel the teenage aggro and attitude exuding from her! Great shot!

3:33 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Definitely evokes the feeling of a double-album fold-out :-) Great use of negative space for this portrait, plus the elongated grid of the brick pattern is just perfect for allowing your subject to 'float' above the background.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Is it really iso 3200? wow no nice.. stunning.

10:31 AM  

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