Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Bena Country Store Continued


Blogger micki said...

Store Front
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/30
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 70mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Deal’s Tax Service
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 70mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Yesterday tuan asked me if my images suffer any when I stack the extension tubes on. Well, as long as I can keep the camera steady throughout the exposure, no, the images don’t suffer any. To ensure that, of course I always use a tripod when possible. When using a rice bag, I will use self timer and hold my breath. The more tubes I stack on, the longer the exposures and the less dof I get. With all tubes stacked on, even when I stop the lens all the way down, I will not get focus throughout the shot. You have to be willing to give that up. Also, when the tubes are stacked, you have to get very close to your subject. If it’s especially small, using my 50mm macro lens isn’t going to work. The lens ends up shading the subject. Most of the time, I use my 105mm macro. It affords me a little more distance between lens and subject. Also, you must manually focus when using the tubes. I bought a focus rail this summer to make shooting easier, as sometimes the difference between sharp and not is just one millimeter.

I think I’m going to stick with the Bena country store shots here again for this week. I was going to take you across the river to Yorktown, but I feel the need to stay consistent. If I leave Bena, I might forget about it and next thing you know, the envelope of prints is in the “to be labeled and sorted box” and I forget about it for two months. So here’s the wider shot of the store front and the bookkeeping service next door. I have a shot of the post office on the other side, but I’ll save that image for another time.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...


I guess these shots are going into the coffee book when you do decide to bring one out. Nice.


9:36 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

what a great pair of shots Micki....I love all the interest in them....I love that small town feel that they have....for me anyway. Phil

10:21 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Looks very charming, where are the Waltons? :-)

10:48 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

The stuff we usualy see in movies. Great shots. Great looking store

10:48 AM  
Blogger Don said...

An interesting pair of shots. The "homey" look of this place is very appealing.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Can't get much more country than this. I love places like this and don't get tired of seeing them.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

These are both fine photographs and a worthy record of a fast-disappearing aspect of life, I’m sure. Once again, it is noticeable how well film has handled the dynamic range in here. All very smooth.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I love how all the buildings look somewhat like houses LOL

I got my B&H catalog last week! man is it full of dog ears and high lights for Christmas ideas LOL

2:02 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

My favorite day!

As always, great shots. Looks like that country store really has some stories it could tell!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

These shots gives an atmosphere of the past time. A little nostalgic. Very nice!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Looks more inviting than Wal-Mart :)

4:02 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
And it's good old country comfort in my bones
Just the sweetest sound my ears have ever known
Just an old-fashioned feeling fully-grown
Country comfort's in a truck that's going home....
Your images remind me so much of Elton John's song one of my favourites as well. A country boy at heart I yearn for the country comfort often.
A great feeling and spirit lives in your images Micki.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, you're just a good ole country girl, at heart! Aren't you! :-) You're town is so quaint and you show it off well!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

A quaint country store!Just like what we see in movies I agree!

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Montereyjohn said...

There's not much left of that "Old Virginia" anywhere near the ocean. Even away from the ocean, the charm is vanishing. I was back up to Fredricksburg (I'm a serious Civil War buff) awhile back. It had been several years since my last visit. I was shocked at how much was destroyed out toward the site of the Chancelersville Tavern. I understand Manasas is even worse.

1:38 AM  
Blogger manju said...

As always, nice series of shots !

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Hello, hows it going, just a quick holla from the Subster

7:26 AM  
Anonymous david said...

does Deal's do deals?
a great couple of shots Micki, i really like the look of your hometown

7:42 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Nice little piece of Americana you caught here. These shots really do have that quiet, small town feel to them that I've come to like from you.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

kinda charming front porch...love the white paint, fencing and rocking chair...nice capture:-)

10:23 AM  

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