Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Short Lane Ice Cream Company


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-13 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm
Polarizing Filter
cropped the house behind the shop out
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

So here’s my happy lab story, and I’ll try to keep it brief:

I figured it was time to start getting the enlargements made of my favorite photos, now that I’ve found a color film lab and a b&w film lab that will give me actual photograph enlargements of my shots, and not digitally scanned and printed images. I shoot film, I want photos. My black and white film lab took me awhile to find, but I have been so pleased with their work! I sent them a portrait
to enlarge to 11x14. I shot the portrait with TMax 3200 film, and was so pleased with the results. I worried, though, about enlarging such a grainy photo to that large size. But of course I did it anyway. And I didn’t just enlarge it; I had it done on high quality, heavy weight, fiber paper. WOW!! The work was incredible! Every detail of every strand of hair, every eyelash…even the details in the shadows were incredible!! I also had the photo of one of her tree frogs
enlarged to 5x7. They did a marvelous job with that as well, burning and dodging to bring out all the details! Incredible work at fantastic prices. Black and White film is all this lab does, and I would strongly recommend them for all of your b&w film needs. You will not be disappointed! They are linked on my homepage, or you may click here.


There’s this marvelous ice cream shop, Short Lane Ice Cream Company, here on the peninsula that makes the best ice cream and is a wonderful place to visit. The building was erected in 1937 by oil distributor, J.C. Brown. It was soon purchased by Calvin Bernhard Horsley and opened up as a post office and general store. The family lived upstairs and raised ten children. The current owner, Kim Williams, has photos of the family and the old store hanging inside the shop. The post office closed in 1956 and the building later housed an antique store.

After Kim Williams purchased the property in 2002, she had the hardwood floors and tin embossed ceilings restored. It is so charming inside, and decorated beautifully with antiques and nickel candy displays. She opened shop in 2004 and has been churning out the most wonderful homemade ice cream since then. A must stop if you are ever visiting my area, Short Lane Ice Cream Company is open Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays for churning.

I’ve been wanting to get a photo of Short Lane’s all summer, but never was able to get there when the light was right. Two weeks ago, with only one kid in tow and no place I had to be 15 minutes ago, I came past here when the light was just right. I had to stop.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Don said...

You caught this interesting place in some fine light.
Now I'm hungry for some ice cream... Nice shot.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous themaggot said...

The sky is wonderful!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

This is a fine image that makes me think ‘poster’. There are some highly remarkable qualities brought out by that filter both in the sky and the in structure which really push this one forward. Excellent work.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Beautiful lighting and lovely colors, definitely worth the stop.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

There is almost nothing I like better that a good dish of ice cream! What a lovely store. You got it in the perfect light. Those colors are wonderful. So deep and rich.

There are a few places I need to check out in better light myself including the one I will be posting tomorrow. Some places are so wonderful yet never seem to have good light.

Glad to see you've found that lab. Sounds like they did a wonderful job.

When I was at the PhotoPlus Expo there were a lot of labs represented that did all sorts of work including making emulsion prints from digital files. I didn't have time to look into it but I will have to dig out the brochures (if I remembered to pick one up) and find out more about it. It sounded interesting though.

Micki...I wanted to ask you if you've checked out Aminus3.com? It seems to be a very nice Photoblog system. I started a test blog there. I'm hoping they will allow FTP in the future but I really think it's a great photoblog system. It allows you, as the viewer to look at the larger photos right on the main page. It has a small and large tab that will display photos from aminus 3 bloggers in the size the viewer prefers. It has a lot of other great features as well and it's beyond easy to use. It does lack linking to your favorite bloggers however you can create a blogger page for the links and then put that link at the bottom of your posts in Aminus3. You are such a great photographer, but I think you could display your work so much better there. Monterey John uses it as well so I know you've seen it.

Here's mine if you're curious. I'm just checking out myself but so far I think it's a great photoblog platform. It took a day for them to set it up and then I picked my background and the rest is really easy to figure out, it basically walks you through it, really easy.


11:16 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

great shot, lovely sky....i think ill step out for some ben and jerry's now...

1:25 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Awesome photo and story. If you know those people, you should see if they'll let you in to do some photos when they are making the ice cream -- that would be awesome!

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shot. Really like the lighting, Micki.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

An interesting game of shadow tgives a great character to this shot!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

Spiffing, just spiffing...and that sky behind, super.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

That looks like a wonderful small-town ice cream shop and you did a great job of capturing it in some nice light.

I'm glad to hear you were so happy with the results of having some nice B&W prints made. I have been thinking about getting some prints made to hang on our walls and will definitely look into the lab you recommended.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice color contrast...beautiful sunlight and shadow:-)) love the sky also...great shot:-)

8:51 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Looks like a "Down Home" kind of ice cream place. Since ice cream is my weakness I just had to comment.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yummy! Pralines and cream please:)

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Ron: Threeflavours.ca said...

Great lab story! It always gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling when I get nice prints back!

That ice cream place looks SO good, I'd probably drive down from Toronto just to go there!

12:47 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Very nice Micki.
And thank you good information :)

12:48 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

I luuurve the look of your town, it looks so classical american! From what I've seen in film and tv anyway.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Super feel to this. Love traditional buildings and also being put to good traditional use.

1:34 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Nice use of polirizer. Wish the shadows weren't interrupting the foreground though.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

Beautiful colors.

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

You're lucky with your b&w lab.
Here, we haven't lab like this in our countryside. Only professional b&w labs stand in city as Paris.Their work is very expensive for an amateur.
If i want some b&w prints , i think i would have install my own lab as i got before.
Please can you send me one of this fabulous ice cream? Thanks in advance Micki LoL

4:45 AM  
Anonymous david said...

beautiful sky, and i love the...quaintness of the ice-cream parlour. your home town does look a nice place to live.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Nice shadows and lighting. Looks like it was the perfect time of day for this photo. Great work!

5:40 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice use of natural light and shadows. Beautiful sky. Overall a great picture.

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Wow, wow, wow, Micki, you never ceaze to amze with te amzing images you come up with, I am duly VERY impressed with this shot, I think one of my favourites of the series so far. To me one word just jumps out. PERFECT.


7:30 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Great shot Micki.....beautiful light for sure and that sky is a killer. Phil

8:27 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

oh ... i too love the light on this, beautiful!!

6:10 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I love that they've kept the Texaco logo on the overhang - and that sky!

9:13 AM  

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