Friday, October 06, 2006



Blogger micki said...

It’s all about the lab!!

Abstract Nature
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/15 - 1.5 EV
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Post Office
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000 with motor drive
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/250
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm lens @ 70mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

I am rained in for the next three to four days, just when I’ve discovered some great areas to photograph. Oh well, I’ll get some things organized and do some studying. Oh, and lots of drumming.

Did I mention the motor on the evaporator fan for the kitchen refrigerator died? I don’t want to talk about it. It took me all day yesterday to figure out what was wrong and tomorrow is Saturday. I hope I can get a part today. Remember where I live??

Today it’s all about the lab, especially when it comes to my black and white prints. I have been disappointed with my b&w’s and thought it was me or my camera. When my last set came back from my former lab, I decided to do something about it. Oh, it’s going to cost me, but I tried a wonderful lab out in Arizona that processes black and white film, and only black and white…for 20 years now. I can choose my paper, my finish, and which chemicals they’ll use. They will dodge, burn, crop, etc. They will even develop my infrared. Glory day!! So, I sent them a roll. Twelve long days later, my prints came back to me. I went down to get the mail yesterday, and there was a box (from B&H) hanging on the mail box. So I drove down to the river to turn around so I could pick up my mail. At the end of the road (oh, this goes on) there was this egret that lives down there. He was standing on the dock!! Yippee! Well, I didn’t have my camera. So, I turn around, go the mailboxes, grab my stash (hey, my b&w prints are back!!) and head home. I burst through the door, shout some directions to my kid about the mop I have soaking in bleach water, grab my camera…rats no film, load camera, grab 500mm zoom and tripod. Run back to van and drive off. As I’m driving down my road, I see a car coming perpendicular to me from the river. NO!!! He probably scared my bird away. We all turn around at the end of the road. I get down there and sure enough, he’s gone. *sniffle He’s never been that close before. Rats. I park. Wait, there he is!! He’s right along the grasses on the right hand side of my van. I sneak out the door to see if I can get close without spooking him. He flies away. Double rats!! I get back in the van and look at my photos. I am delighted. Oh the tones, the contrast, the quality of my prints. I’m sold!! Actually, I might have to sell a kidney to get some cash to pay for the work, but I’m sold on this lab. After admiring all 36 shots I look up and see my buddy has returned. Woo hoo!! Don’t blow this, Micki. I set up the tripod in the van…two legs down on the floor and one on the passenger seat. I took one picture of a swimming seagull and seven of my graceful friend as he walked along the river’s edge catching his dinner. Very cool how he grabs his prey and shakes the water off and then flips it up in the air to catch it and swallows it down. This is the closest I’ve ever been to this fellow. He lives down there with his friend, the blue heron. They are both terribly shy, but very predictable in their daily routines. I just need a longer lens or a tele-converter. I did have great lighting conditions yesterday, so here’s hoping I got a good shot in.

In keeping with Friday’s theme, here’s a close up of some growth on a tree stump right behind the house on the way to the shed…a little abstract art in nature. This growth followed a couple days of rain and was dried up the day after I took this shot.

And here’s a b&w shot of the Ordinary Post Office I posted last week. Please excuse the repeated subject, but the post office shots showed some of the best quality of the lab’s work. Unfortunately, the Venetian blinds in the rest of the photos made for terrible scans. They created a rainbow of colors across the windows. Not cool for my b&w shots.

I think I’m going to post another shot from the roll tomorrow, if I’m brave enough. It is a little different from what I usually post.

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9:20 AM  
Blogger Susan Jones said...

Neat shots, fungi?
Its our Canadian Thanksgiving eh!
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
"just say no to giblets eat a tofu turkey!"


10:49 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Very nice abstract pattern shot. I'm glad you found a lab that can do your black and white work justice. The B&W is looking very good. Is there an Unusual, Virginia?

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I love that type of fungus!!! I always shoot it when I find it. To bad I never seem to have good light or the wrong lens LOL I know excuses excuses LOL

we won't know how Levi did until next Tuesday. There are so many kids running, they Talley the places then tell the kids later. Each kid wheres a ummm gosh I can't think of the name but a strip of ribbon with their name on it, and they hand them to a judge as they cross the finish line, so they are in order. then they go back over the timer machine thing and put times on them. He was in the middle of the pack, he spent most of his 2 miles trying to encourage slower boys ;-) ( gosh I love my boys!) lucky both boys look at this track stuff as a personal challenge. So the don['t worry about where they are just that they did their best!

Haa now that I have written you a book LOL

Oh and grrr I can not down load my photo's tell my husband find the corded to my printer where my card reader is! He got home from work I say Hey i need you to fix the printer, since you worked on my computer It will not read my card, OH is it USB ? umm yeah, OH I thought a USB cable was missing OY! heheheh But I can not complain to much He put a BIG fan in my computer so it will stop shutting down on me LOL

11:39 AM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Sure you're brave enough! Post another tomorrow. We're all about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g and growing!
You know that or you wouldn't be drumming, right????
I love the fungus photo. You do such good work Miss Micki. It's always a treat to virtually visit you.
I shot my first Holga pix in Hawaii. They are B&W so please send my your processor's link. Thanks most sweetly! :-)

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I love fungus. I was driving around the other day and saw some very large bright orange fungus on a rotted log in the woods. Unfortunately it was off the side of a busy road, nowhere to pull off and there was poison ivy blocking my access if I did manage to park and hike it. Oh well.

These are both really cool shots.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I remember that your September postings of the little post office were from excellent color prints and this b&w has the same smooth graduation look to it. Was that the same lab, I wonder.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great shots and I love today's story! So you have a 500MM and STILL need a teleconvertor to get close enough??? They really are shy!!! :D

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Ordinary, Virginia ... I love it, wonder how ordinary the town really is?

1:01 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

great anecdote today (not burdened with work, so for once i have a chance to fully read ur story) the top shot...8/10

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice story and a great shot, have a great weekend!!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Cool story, Micki. You are very persistent and patient. Really like both pictures.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Ordinary, Virgina. Lol, the names of cities in America..... nice shots.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Interesting texture, for this nice abstract!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I like the the top image.

Suby, in a hurry :)

6:57 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i just enjoy reading yr story til forget what yr photo roday:-P i had a long busy day at work ,but u have fun chasing egret. what a different world:-P
btw i like the white border around the edge..really nice contrast..great abstarct from the nature:-))
have a great weekend

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I really like the abstract, the PO shot is a keeper too. I sold my sigma 105 macro a whie back and I still regret not keeping it

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Love the post office door. Framing is great and the b&w really makes it nice!

7:43 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

between driving around and the new lab you've discovered, i think you will find this few rainy days to go by fast :) i like the abstract shot. it's great that you create such abstract photographs from the nature. the patterns and shapes are really exciting :)

10:03 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Ordinary Virginia, gotta love it.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Ordinary Virginia, gotta love it. I likewise keep shopping about regarding prints and enlargements. Great story about you and the egret.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I like those shots of the post office! :)

1:20 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Love the rich, moist appearance of that macro shot - wonderful natural abstract.

7:08 AM  

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