Friday, November 24, 2006



Blogger micki said...


Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak HIE Infrared Set at ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 28-85mm zoom lens at 28mm
Red #25 Filter and Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Thanksgiving went well enough yesterday. There’s always one major or minor event that shakes things up, and yesterday was no exception.

To answer yesterday’s questions and comments. We do live in the woods--right in the woods. Not much of a yard. Nature comes up to our door often. No gardens of any kind, as everything get dug up and or eaten. We’re on their territory, so nothing is really that shy. The daughter who is the good cook is not the animal lover, although that one does like to cook as well. I do make our family’s soap, I have for about eight years now, and am making a batch next week as a matter of fact. No tallow, though, I use an olive oil based soap. Much nicer on the skin. And finally, a salt lick is a block of salt for cattle or wild life to lick. Hunters use it as a cheat, imo. I’m not against hunting for the most part, but I am against cheating. I was hoping the lick would help to keep the deer in one place a little longer while I put on the long lens. No luck so far.

My daughter that was supposed to help me with dinner came down with a headache yesterday. Not a migraine, which she gets a couple of a month, but one that was painful enough to knock her down for the first half of the day. So, she didn’t get to help in the kitchen. At least she was feeling better by dinner time. My youngest daughter ended up making the butter all on her own and in record time! This year I put the cream in a milk jug and then just cut the top of the jug off to get the butter out when she was finished. My choice pie of the day was the blueberry/cranberry pie…sweet and tart. Great combo!!

I have an interesting post for tomorrow if the scans will turn out well. They show the benefits of using a filter when shooting b&w. I’ve been experimenting a lot lately, and now will almost always use a filter when shooting b&w film. This one was a portrait experiment.

Today’s shot was another of the test shots I did when shooting infrared this summer. Again, stacking the filters gave me the results I wanted, but did cause a bit too much darkening in the corners. I need to get to planning my winter infrared shots so I can get those done while we’re on break next month if the conditions are right. This is the east side of our historic courthouse yard. The monument in the center on the yard is a Civil War monument listing those that lived here in Gloucester County and gave their lives in the war.

Have a great weekend, all, and I’ll see you around the net.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

Ooooh, spooky. I love the darkened corners. What's fun about life if you haven't got a darkened corner somewhere for yourself?

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is another one of my favorites. It's stunning.

Glad your daughter's head felt beter and that Thanksgiving went well.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

I like the dark corners. I like the building, but I'm still not sure how I feel about infrared. Nick

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

And Blueberry/cranberry pie sounds great.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Don said...

You just gotta love that infraried contribution to pictures. A fine shot. We had an event! Our Thanksgiving was highlighted with a bang. My daughter accidently turned a burner on "high" under a large pryrex dish and it exploded all over the kitchen...ruining two pumpkin pies! SOB No one was hurt by the glass which disintgrated into hundreds of tiny pieces. Yes, we were thankful!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said... it:-)) u got a great light and beautiful glowing tone on the tree...great ir shot:-)

9:52 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Gotta love your Infrared photo.great work!!
Have a nice weekend Micki :)

10:11 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Love the shot Micki, the infra red seems to have increased the sense of age and history...very nice. Phil

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Excellent shot, Micki. Love the infrared and the vignetting here, too.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love your infrared shots! Very cool. I really have to invest in some filters. They are on the list. I just bought another lenses so they will be the next purchase:).

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of the headache. Don't aches know of holidays and to stay afar?
Neat shot today. Are you keeping a scrapbook? I mean the actual paste photos with corners on them in albums type? Seems the houses you've shot would look well presented on some pages. Sorry... I ramble out loud too much.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous wvallen said...

beautiful shot. happy holiday!

1:40 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

great vignetteir combo....8.25/10

1:43 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That is so beautiful. Great capture and awesome shooting!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous wim said...

I love this. Looks like a drawing. The darkened corners makes it look pretty old.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I love those IR shots. The trees are so fuzzy and white!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

lovely as usual! (I miss those days shooting infrared...)

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Wouldn't like to have to go there to be judged, looks quite imposing

2:58 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

I love infrared and this photo is gorgeous : )

it must be so nice to live in the woods, i miss being close to them now that i live in a city though i'm only blocks away from a lovely undeveloped river valley which goes on for miles, its a nice escape and we even get the occasional deer.

hope your daughter feels better : )

3:16 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

The skewed response in IR invariably takes a moment (or much longer!) to adjust to but this one hits home hard and fast. It has a strong ‘being there’ feel which I cannot explain. And, the vignette does not detract for me.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Your infrared shot looks always magic Micki.
Even so, i'm wondering why you framed with so much pavement in the forground and you cropped the the trees by half.

Have a nice week-end all of your family.

5:14 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Great picture and great family story. Sorry your daughter was under the weather but that the day went well anyway.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Montereyjohn said...

Is that Spotsylvania? I've forgotten what the court house looks like as it's been awhile since I have been there. I really like that part of Virginia.

The infra-red is, as always, pleasing.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Great image. An atmosphere of soft, happy and mysterious dreams. A target that they look like clouds put by loving giants who count beautiful histories.^.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

I always love your infrared shots Micki. Sorry for the infrequent comments of late. I've been visiting to see, but have little time to leave notes these days.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

OH Micki! I Just love your IR shots!

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

I love the IR shots you have posted. The vignetting of the corners of this one do give it a antique feel. The contrast is really nice.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely shot, the vignetting is cool!! Have a great weekend!!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

Nice frame... Beautiful mood!

1:27 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

A very spectatular image Micki.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Now we know so much more about you and your family.. we love you even more!You make your own soap..I hope lavender is one ingredient or rose petals!
The image today has a beauty an eeriness a haunting feeling..many feelings looking at this one.Great image!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Intern said...

Nice shot ... It looks like a Christmas shot to me ... with white snow around!

You make soap, thats very interesting.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

INteresting photo. The difference in light and shade is amazing.

8:45 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Wonderfully ethereal image here - and I also vot thumbs-up for the corner vignetting. Timeless...

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Awesome, sorry in a hurry, on my way to a shot 100 miles away :D


9:46 AM  
Anonymous John said...

This feels great, super, like it a lot.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

I love that you said "we’re on their territory" (regarding yesterdays post). This is exactly how I feel about the animals. My favorite quote is "they are closer to the souce than we are". How wonderful it would be to live in the woods and have all that nature keeping you company. Your post today is another beauty!!!

8:54 AM  

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