Tuesday, October 31, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/125
Aperture Setting - f-8 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm lens
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

It was the most glorious afternoon two weeks ago when I dropped the girls off at music lessons, only to realize that I’d forgotten my tripod. Everything I shot that day had to be hand held. I went wide with most of my shots, although I did use my 300mm zoom on quite and few and kept it steady…much to my surprise. Does that mean I’ll start shooting hand held more often? No. Although I do shoot the 24mm hand held about 50% of the time. I like to get down low with that lens and it’s just quicker that way if I don’t need a whole lot of dof.

As I’ve mentioned before, our peninsula has a lot of peninsulas of its own on the eastern side. They are called necks. On this particular afternoon I was exploring the Ware Neck peninsula when I passed this church. Had to stop, it looked so pretty that day. I believe this is the Singleton United Methodist church. I could’ve gotten away without the polarizing filter on this shot. My 24mm always handles the skies well.

*Here’s a little interesting micki factoid, just ‘cause I feel like sharing. While most of my cooking is done from scratch, there is one thing out of a package that I like better than homemade. That would be instant hot chocolate with Non-dairy Cool Whip topping floating on the surface. The instant hot chocolate just tastes better to me, and homemade whipped cream melts too quickly. I save that for pies and ice cream sundaes…with homemade hot fudge, of course.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

Lovely lighting, Micki. I like how soft the light was. And I mentioned this before and I'm going to say it again that your town is so lovely.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

I like the use of a polarizer here - the deep blue sky makes the image quite rich and brings out the church facade nicely.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Don said...

What a quaint looking church with its fancy roofs. I like the darkened sky. I'll have to try that instant chocolate idea.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the blues here, great shot!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I didn't realize most of your shots were with tripod. I'm the complete opposite and probably to a fault. I always shoot handheld and there are times I should suck it up and use a tripod or learn to use a monopod!

This is a great shot though. I love the look!

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Micki, i'm back from the Pyrènées.
I would like to share this instant hot chocolate with you. It seems so good.
Looking at your shot, i thought you camera owns a very good light-meeter. White is white.

12:32 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

welcome to my world of hand held shooting, trust me it can be a lot of fun...great shot...8/10

mmmm...u make my mouth water, happy halloween!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

The polarizer has worked magic on that sky and, as Christian has said, the metering has been spot-on to hold the biting white. But the slight angle to the shot makes it for me . . and I’m wondering if you would have gone for that same gentle informality if running a tripod.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

I love seeing your town through your eyes. It is such a treat!
Happy Halloween!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I love old churches like this! Our country side is dotted with them! I love taking country drives!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

That is such a beautiful little church. I love it. The sky is gorgeous, perfect blue.

I rarely use my tripod...Oh well I probably should use it, but I'm usually on the move hiking when I shoot and have enough to lug with my lenses. I have a monopod which I should use more and it's more portable. I don't have VR lenses either, which is why I really should use the tri-pod/monopod more.

1:54 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Love to sit down with you and have a cuppa in that beautiful town.

We don't have that type of atmosphere out here in Northern California.

Happy Tuesday

1:59 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
It's a great hand held Micki and the impressionistic eyes in the sky overlook this house of divinity.
Polarizer gives a deep richness to the sky that suits the scene/image very well! Wonderful shot and glimpse of your town.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Those windows and this perspective make it look a bit like a face, maybe I just have weird way of seeing things

4:20 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

perfect exposure for this shot...the color and detail r amazing...from beautiful sunny day:-)) btw i have to try cool whip wt instant choc...sound yummy:-P

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Hot chocolate is a good idee. I like the contrst between the white walls and the blue sky!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely little church. The colors and angle are wonderful. I handhold very few shots. I suck at it really and am always impressed when people consistently get good shots. I would love to get some lenses with VR. Ahh...the wish list. I too prefer instant hot chocolate over homemade. Carnation brand is my favorite. I'll have to try it with the whip. Have a happy and safe halloween!

Sandy(izel cottage) blogger isn't letting me comment.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Elegant building and shot, Micki.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i thought you may give us some cooking tip here :) this shot is great. at the first glance i thought it might be an HDR image but then i remembered you a film junkie :) i've been thinking to invest on a polarizing filter. the choices are endless!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

I don't really use a tripod during the day for general shots. I guess theres always plenty of light around and its less limiting.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Love the deep saturated blue sky against the white church...sweet!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, very nice. Lovely sky too!
I'm with you on the hot chocolate!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

Beautiful building. I love the way you highlighted the center. I wonder if it is haunted????

11:45 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Very clear sky nice capture Micki !

2:56 AM  
Anonymous david said...

brilliant blue sky and i like that there is still some detail retained in the whites.

3:57 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Lovely capture. So American. I'd love to visit that part of US.

4:06 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Love the colors ! Good shot, Micki.

4:19 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Love the shot Micki....great colours....so intense...love it. Well you are disiplined aren't yu using a tripod....I never use one even when I ought...well other than night shots. I risk it well down close to a quarter of a second.....reckless I know...I like to live on the edge! Phil

5:00 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Beautiful image!The color of the sky!
Cool Whip!no no *REAL* whip cream from the spray can!

5:19 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

There's an almost surreal effect here as the sky appears to fade from day to night - the joys of polarization :-)

8:54 AM  

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