Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Just an 'Ordinary' Post Office



30 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Ordinary Post Office 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/20
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Ordinary Post Office 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm @ about 80mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Ordinary Post Office 3
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm @ about 250mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

This is the Ordinary, Virginia post office. It sits on the main road of our peninsula, the only main road that runs north and south. Kind of makes it hard to get lost around here. If you do, just drive around for awhile. You’ll either wind up at the water or back on State Route 17. So, Ordinary isn’t really a town, it’s just a location; a place where they can put a post office and deliver the mail within a certain radius. I’ve been reading in the paper that this post office will soon be closed down. If I remember correctly, the postmaster has been working this post office for around 35 years. It will be a sad thing for her if they do close down. I was here on a Sunday morning, and while I was shooting, twice someone pulled up and walked into the post office to pick up their mail from the day before. The front door is always left open, just in case you can’t there during normal operating hours.

These prints come from one of the new labs I’m trying out. The colors were really good, but that could have just as much to do with the film, Superia is an excellent film.

I’ve moved the photo info to the top of my comments because many of the questions I get asked can be answered just by looking at that info. Since I have dial up, it takes a really long time to look up someone’s e-mail from their blog, go into my yahoo mail, click compose, and then send the e-mail. Hopefully this will work out well for everyone.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous MontereyJohn said...

Just like San Francisco, only different ;)

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like these - very natural looking. I especially enjoy the last one.

Abe - boxfoto.com

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I'm in love with the name, Ordinary! :-) That's pretty cool that they leave it open even when there is no one there. Small towns, you gotta love 'em. :-)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

this is a the samllets post office that i've ever soon! i like how they have lunch break. nice observation.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine series of genuine Americana. I hate to see these elements of our past obliterated. The replacement always seems so sterile.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very nice set, especially the last one.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

These are most amusing. The name "Ordinary" is great! (even if it really isn't a town per se).

That is probably the smallest post office I've ever seen.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Toxic Lens said...

That's too funny! I wonder how many of those I could fit in my post office...

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great shots micki. the color IS really good, as is the light and composition. i especially like the first and last.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

look like small barn...kinda unique
i like the blue mailbox shot...great color contrast and composition:-))

3:29 PM  
Blogger Still said...

It seems to be very far of the town! Perhaps the birds and the bears are the better customers...

3:33 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

This a gem posting, Micki, with that cute name, the details in the pics and the narrative you provide. Also, these three shots are dynamically very smooth with an almost liquid look to the color and excellent detail.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Micki, give me your adress and i'll send you a post-cad from my country.
So, you'll need to go to the post office and you'll take a shot inside.
Have a good day.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

What great photos Micki. It will be a great pity if the gov. closes post offices such as these but I guess it's fairly inevitable as cost-cutting measures are the name of the game across the world. I really love the composition of the post box image although it's strange to see a blue post box. Ours are either red (mostly) or yellow (in cities for overnight post).

8:16 PM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

Very nice, I love the accompaning story also. The bottom image is my favorite. We have a "Mist" Oregon, I should go try and shoot there during the fog, hmmm, ideas........ Thanks for the inspiration!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A great building! It's so small town.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Aw such a shame that this post office will close.Our post office is in pharmacy stores in every mall..just a counter..an assembly line..very impersonal.I love the last photo with the blue jumping out at you!

10:34 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

what a cute little post office! :) i like that you photographed it at a darker time of day instead of in the bright sun. it gives it a certain charming feeling to it.

also enjoyed the almost all-white of the daisy image from yesterday.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love this series. Especially the blue mailbox. Great comp. It will be a sad day when this closes. Nothing stays the same....

11:44 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

I love this image and colors.

11:48 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Great series.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

A cool set of images and nothing ordinary about them ;-) From the perspective of English eyes these images are in the wow league as it is as foreign as camels across the desert

4:23 AM  
Blogger Joel Reynolds said...

Hey,

Cool shots of an interesting building. Nice to see someone's still doing the film thing!
Keep it up!
Joel

6:27 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

That first shot is just great for highlighting the simple, isolated atmosphere of this place - loving the almost paper-like quality of the mailbox front in the last image as well. And gee, you just have to smile at a sign that lists the lunch hour :-)

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Christoffer Jon said...

The top one is great!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Cute building! Love the third one...

7:16 AM  
Blogger Reflex said...

I really like the third shot, excellent compo.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Great shots. That's a great idea though -- the "Glimpse of my town." I live in a small place, too, but don't think I could do a weekly glimpse. ;)

Great shots though!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Kris [PiXistenZ] said...

Great set with fantastic colors!

3:47 AM  

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