Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Portraits are Coming Back Part 1


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-8 Manual Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Warming/Softening Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer Which I almost pitched out the window today.

When out this morning before dawn to put a new film to the test!! Can’t wait to see the results. The weather conditions were perfect for the range of this film and I’m hoping I did well. I only took a few shots and was about to head home when I noticed what I thought might be a heron on the end of a pier I’d not been to before. This pier is new since Hurricane Isabel blew through and is isolated from the rest of the beach in Yorktown. I put my Minolta 9000 with a fisheye back in the van and mounted up the 500mm zoom onto the Konica Minolta 70 and the tripod. I walked back over to the pier to take a look through the lens. Sure enough, it was a heron!! No one around, winds blowing like crazy, and I went on the hunt. I was all bundled up in many layers of coats and hats. That coupled with the tripod and large lens on the camera, I don’t think I looked human to the bird. I kept shooting and walking closer, about 12 feet closer with each shot until I was so close I would have had to go vertical in format to fit the heron into the frame. I didn’t want to do that, because the wind was really giving that long lens and me a hard time. I was about 25 feet from this fella, but he was so accommodating to my efforts. Finally, he took off for the beach. After 15 minutes of silence, I bid him a loud, heartfelt thanks and walked back to the van with the biggest, most stupid smile on my face. If I had slept for more than 2 hours and 50 minutes, I would’ve cried, but my eyes were too tired to do so. Here’s hopin’ I got a couple of keepers.

Anyway, I was late getting the girls to swim class by five minutes, not too bad considering my morning.

Today’s shot is from the portrait session I made the kids sit through a couple weeks back. I got the color portraits back the other day. The exposure tests I did turned out well. For this shot, I spot metered for the highlights on her face and locked that exposure into manual mode. Then I filled in the shadows with my 36” reflector, gold side. I used a warming/softening filter to fight against the blue light coming in from the window and to give a more gentle feel to the image. This was one of the most difficult scans I’ve made in a long time. The print is much sharper than this; it must be the contrasting colors of the black fabric in the background and her yellow sweater that totally sent my scanner into rebellion mode.

I have a wonderful story regarding my b&w film lab that I will be sharing with you all Monday or Tuesday. I need to type it up so that’s it’s detailed but brief. I tend to go on sometimes. :o)

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Well I am glad you got the scan done...this is a beautiful portrait.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

Nice Portrait. It looks a littla like a Flamish painting!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Terrific portrait, Micki. Well done.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous sil said...

What a fantastic portrait! Well done :)

2:21 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love the soft light on her face. Beautiful portrait!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Yipppeeeee, people shots from you, I am dancing here.

Love the shot, now this is what I call a portrait, any negative(s), YES. The Subster did not take this shot LOL.

Now me looking to what else you are going to hit us with.


3:05 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wow said I as this loaded! Really wonderful!

3:45 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

sounds like a lot of work went into taking the shot but im glad to say it totally paid of the best from you till date....8.5/10

5:26 PM  
Blogger Don said...

This is a fine portrait. I like the warming filter and the reflector's effect. Very nice shot.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

it's a very tasteful portrait. i reall like the fact that you shar the technical details. does your camera have different mettering system? like spot metering? and if so, which metering system did you choose for this portrait?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Chad Oneil said...

Nice. It has a classic feel to it.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Beautiful portrait and nice lighting Micki :)

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

All the hard work has paid off, thats a beautiful portrait!!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

This shot is magical. Reminds me of an old movie. Like Wizard of Oz type. Very cool side light and the black background emphasizes it. Great shot.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That's an awesome portrait. Your kids should thank you -- one day -- when they realize that you might "put them through this stuff," but it will create a lifetime of memories!

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Raymond Tse said...

Great portrait - a labour of love that has a timeless feel about it.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Nicely composed, classic portrait.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

Wonderful shot. I think its time to buy a scanner that does your photos some justice!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Susan Jones said...

wow, what a expression you've captured.
thanks for the share!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

A very beautiful child and a very beautiful portrait! As someone else noted "it looks like a Flemish painting"; actually it looks like a Renoir (French Impressionists) painting ( more to me. Micki you have a very talented eye for light, form, and people. Keep up the good work!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that is a beautiful portrait. Way to go! I really like it.

The heron story was great, too. I can't wait to see the results! It seems as if you and I are always on a heron hunt!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Highly entertaining story on the heron-hunt and I am now eagerly looking forward to the results along with you!
As to this charming portrait, the raft of technical adjustments and compensations you made for the shot certainly paid off in producing the most natural and smooth blend of qualities. Beautiful.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is a fantastic portrait! Perfectly done. I love the pose, and the splash of colour from the flowers.

6:06 AM  
Anonymous jackieinvermont said...

Beautiful portrait. I love the lighting and softness.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

A classic portrait, she is charming.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Great portrait.^.

10:26 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

This scan does have a bit of a painterly feel - wonderful portrait and demonstration of awareness of light. Great heron story as well - I hope you get some keepers!

8:59 AM  

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