Saturday, October 07, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens @ 500mm
Polarizer Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

For the past couple of months, most of my Saturday posts have ended up being experiment shots. Which makes sense, as the subjects don’t fit into the other days’ of the week theme. Some of you have seen a couple of photos with my greasy lens. Well, I had an idea, a couple actually. Unfortunately, my daughters wouldn’t model for me, so I had to put my ideas into self-portraits. That took a little more time, but I like a challenge.

The first thing I had to do was improve my greasy filter. I added a little more vegetable shortening and then made a pattern in the grease that I hoped would create a look of swirling. Now it was time to do some test shots to see which aperture worked best. I had already learned that the effect I’d wanted only worked when I used the filter on a very wide lens, my 24mm. I also liked the effect better when there was either a lot of foreground or the subject was close to the camera. So, I used my old tripod (the one a strong breeze could blow over) and a hooded sweatshirt to set focus and exposure. I had to manually focus most of the time, because with the grease on the filter, it’s very hard for the auto focus to work. This is one of the shots from that afternoon’s session. There will be more over time, but two self portraits in one week? Geez! Oh, and those are my twelve year old’s clothes I’m wearing, and I had to pin the skirt smaller at the waist. She wasn’t happy when she found out I’d been wearing them.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Chantal said...

Wow, Micki, this is has sort of a Susan Burnstine feel to it....and I've tried the greasy filter thing before, but never with these results, I don't think I used enough! This is brilliant, definitely an area you should explore more. Well done!

Did you bracket the exposure at all?...over/under expose?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Terrific results, Micki. Thanks for describing your techniques. I can't wait to see more.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Excellent outcome to your experiments Micki. I really, really like this image. Inspires me to try this myself.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Very interesting shot. I like it!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looks very mystical!

I have got to know though how the heck do you clean the grease off LOL

11:45 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wow wow wow! Really special. I had suspected you might be a sorceress and now I'm sure :-)

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I love it, Micki! Simply love it! At first, I thought that you had bought a Lensbaby! :-) Excellent!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

WOW, fantatsic shot, I love the effect

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very creative stuff, love the end result .. well done!!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...


Still would not give up my DSLR for film :)

Love the work here. You show you do not need DSLRs to get amazing and funky images.


5:17 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I feel exhausted just reading the prep that went into this but that’s what makes your photography and your site unique. ‘Surrender’? More like witching-up a twister of a storm, I’d say!

5:27 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

This is amazing! I love the creativity...what most people would depend on Photoshop to do for them (blurs, swirls, etc.) you do with old fashioned elbow...uh..grease!!! :D

Great work Micki...inspiring in fact.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Well done! I love when you get in a super creative mood! The outcome is always great.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

This is very sureal!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I don't understand exactly what you mean with this shot titled "surrender" but i love the outcome.
I love too how you described the preparation . Hard work i fell.
Have a nice day Micki

3:14 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

love the greasy lens effect...big fan of self-portraits, i think they're really hard but you've just raised the bar to a whole new level....8.75/10

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

You've achieved a very ethereal effect here. I love the image. Good work.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki Micki Micki you blow me away with your creativity! Your twelve year olds skirt!!!!....what is your waist sz. 12inches or what!!This is a beautiful photo!

6:33 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

love your old school methods. Pure photography technique.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Gabriel Loeb said...

Wow, that's amazing! Fantastic shot, Micki. I might have to try something similar with resullts like that!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A very interesting technique. Your experimenting paid off handsomely. More...more!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Awesome job!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Very spookey effect, the micki witch project! Always interesting to visit your blog and see the spells.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Interesting process. Glad to see some folks don't hesitate to get their hands dirty. In any case, the end-result is great, congrats!

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

I love your experimenting, micki. Mostly, I'm intrigued with any self portrait which explores a bit about the person. This one speaks volumes to me. I love seeing the person. :)

7:25 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Superbly creative image, micki - the swirling pattern renders perfectly and you just nailed the composition.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Susan B. said...

this is stunning. A few months late--sorry. But bravo--love this.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Sascha T. said...

Agreed! This one is really extraordinary - even among your photos!

6:27 PM  

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