Tuesday, September 05, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Hey, it’s raining today…whadda’ know?! I suppose that the sun is out there somewhere, just haven’t see much of it in the past week. I hope we get to dry out sometime soon.

Another test shot with the fish eye lens. This time I was down at the park. There are plenty of boats and canoes to be rented to go out on the lake, and several times a year fishing tournaments are held. This canoe is always there, though, when I am. It was about 3:20 in the afternoon, and I was only six inches from the canoe when I took the shot. I took several b&w images that day with the lens as well. I have the tiny (about 25mm) red, yellow, and orange filters that screw onto the back of the first part of the lens for shooting b&w. You have to take the lens apart into two pieces to put these filters on. I’d not used them before on this lens, so I’m anxious to see the results.

Yesterday I was asked this question on the comments page by p.j. from P.J.’s look at the world over at http://www.hoohaaphotos.com/blog/: I have a question about your photos though -- you say on your main page, no digital. So do you actually write down all the info for each shot you take so you have it to post here?

OK, here’s where I reveal the slightly obsessive side of my personality. Yeah, I write it all down. But remember, I shoot film, so I’m not firing off shot after shot. Last time I went out, on Sunday morning, I think I took maybe 12 shots the hour and a half I was out. Up to a third less than usual, but still, even 36 isn’t that many. I have a little, tiny notebook for each camera, and the notebooks sit right next to their camera in the bag. I usually shoot two cameras at a time, so when I’m not in a hurry, one notebook goes in the left back pocket, one in the right, and a pen to share in whichever pocket. In the front pockets go my car keys and the lens cap for whichever lens I’m shooting with. If it’s not too warm, I’ll try to wear a jacket or a second shirt with at least one pocket to throw a couple filters in, usually a polarizer and a red #25. Now, on the rare occasion that I am firing off a series of photos, most times the settings don’t change much, so I use memory until I can pull out my pen and jot down the shutter speeds and aperture modes on the back of my hand (and up my arm on some occasions.) Then when I get back to the van, I’ll set everything down and jot down the info a little more legibly in the notebooks. I’ve learned that rubbing alcohol is the best way to remove pen ink from skin. Although, there are times when I’ve left the writings on most of the day if I wasn’t sure I got things written down in the right order. As I go about my day, I will look at those numbers and try to remember what I was doing at the time and see if something comes back to me. Sometimes it does, and I’m able to make the corrections.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/180
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 16mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:17 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is a great shot Micki. I love the splash of colour that the canoe brings to it.

I guess shooting in film must really force you to stop and think about every shot and get it right. This makes your shots that much easier to appreciate, since it shows you really learned it the hard way.

I've been shooting for my school's sports festival. In the past two days alone I've taken over 1100 shots. Not a hard thing to do with a drive mode that shoots three shots per second and a 1 GB memory card. Maybe I should consider slowing down and thinking more before I shoot ;-)

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Lovely shot...Love the yellow of the canoe or kayak and the blue of the sky.

I was shooting at our towns canoe club the other morning.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

LOVE the angle!

Oh my gosh love how you keep track of your shooting data! LOL to cute!

So something I would do if I was shooting film but I'm not so i won't LOL

10:24 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Nice yellow!
Love the angle used...

10:42 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A find wide angle shot. I like the intense colors and general feel of the picture. I admire your record keeping!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

interesting perspective, it#s hard to believe that this yellow banana-like thing is an canoe ;-)

12:44 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

Such deep saturation gives the picture life!

1:45 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Like the angle...7.75/10

1:57 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

This is an interesting one. I really like the unusual angle. Good work my friend!

BTW- I'm not usually around on the weekends. I'm not ignoring my friends!


3:04 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

That fisheye sure has a reach but, again, other than on the canoe itself, the effect is less extreme than I have come to expect from those lenses. Certainly gives an interesting point of view. And, thanks for clarifying the data recording method . . . I had wondered . .

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Unusual and interesting...

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Eeeck what happened to my earlier loooongish comments??? Cool shot.


5:01 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

I like the angle very much Micki...great splash of colour in the canoe and I love that intense blue top right....very nice, cool lens. I enjoyed reading about how you work as well...very methodical, not sure my brain would be up to it! Phil;)

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Rocker said...

Great shot, lovely colors! You made a good composition out of this.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. I love the perspective on this one. You and the fish-eye lens have done a wonderful job. I like the subtleness of its use in this shot.

7:28 PM  
Blogger MOEVIEW said...

Did you take a ride on that boat? Looks like fun. I live next to a big lake and never find the time to get out on it. Some day. A 2 year old will prevent that for now. Thanks for all your comments.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Holy moly you do keep notes!! I thought I was bad jotting down the odd idea for a post! This is a very interesting photo..hummm.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Really nice! I love the contrast of a bright canoe or kayak against natural earth tones.

11:28 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Good shot! Like the clouds and the blue sky. Lot of vibrant colors !

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Now I remember why I've stopped using film ;-) (I'm Lazy) A nice shot. Its nice to see you using the fish eye I just know if I got one I would use it for a day or so and then I would just carry it around in my bag. Being all digital makes fish eyes a little more difficult to find as well. But I would love to have one to play with it.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I like the photo, but I like your explanation even more. Reminds me of when I used to shoot film. My minolta SRT200 (all manual SLR dating back to the earlies 1970s) is still in working order. (The very first photos on my photoblog came from that camera, before I switched to digital.) I used to keep a pad of paper with me to write down all the settings, similar to what you do.

5:42 AM  
Anonymous jasp said...

Nicely abstract and that yellow is very striking

4:53 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The interesting thing here is that when I first saw the yellow of the canoe, I thought, "Gee. That looks just like the yellow of the cover of my little all-weather notebook." Even though I shoot exclusively digital these days, I still keep notes on location details because I will invariably forget some important detail about a shot that can't be captured digitally.

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the yellow, great shot!

2:06 PM  

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