Sunday, November 26, 2006

Take a Guess -- Week #38

32 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Regarding the outfit my daughter was wearing in yesterday’s portraits, it was a costume for her sisters’ recital she attended last month.

Yesterday I did some test shots with the macro ring flash and am very excited to see how those work out. I’m going to try to refrain from using the flash again until I see the results of the shots I took.

Last night I heard the weatherman say that there would be areas of patchy fog this morning. Well, I live on a peninsula, so I knew that meant me. My oldest, who worries about me when I go out, asked if I had plans to shoot in the morning. I told her yes, and she said I had to wake her up to go with me. I said that I would be fine and I wasn’t leaving until an hour before sunrise, so it would be light out. I got up at 5:30 and as I was quietly getting ready so as not to wake anyone, I hear her moving around upstairs. She insisted on coming along. You should have heard us arguing in our “quiet voices.” I lost, and she came along. After successfully avoiding two dogs and one rabbit, I ran over a skunk on the way to my location of choice for a clear and foggy sunrise on a Sunday. All was well until we stopped at our first traffic light about five miles later. Then we smelled the results of my kill. When I got out of the van for an unplanned shot, (the Bena Country Store had put up their Christmas lights) the smell almost killed me. After that stop, we made our way to Guinea Landing and oh how I felt bad. The owners of the business down there had arrived at the same time as us, and I was stinkin’ up the joint with my skunk odors!! It was a beautiful morning, and I couldn’t have imagined things would be as pretty as they were. I hope I captured some of the beauty well.

On the way home, I wanted to check out one location in that area. It turned out to be a pretty location, but unfortunately, I probably couldn’t shoot there, as most of the area were private properties. I said, “I need to make some friends that live here.” No sooner had I said that, my daughter says, “That’s Carmella’s truck.” A girl in my daughter’s orchestra lives right where we were!! I wouldn’t have recognized her truck, but it was hers. We knew for sure, as she has a personalized license plate. Turns out it was a good thing my daughter came along with me this morning. Now I can go back to that area for some sunrise shots. :o)

Another great surprise, we got home from shooting and my second oldest had done some of my Sunday morning cleaning for me!! Woo hoo!! I’m a blessed mommy.

OK, Take a Guess and a have great week! I’ll see you all around the net.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

Oh Micki you made me get up from my station and go through a kitchen drawer! I'll guess a macro shot of a grater of sorts... a cheese grater? BTW, you background color is marvelous.

Sorry for the skunk, but hooray for the daughter!

9:51 AM  
Anonymous daniel (barcelona) said...

yes a grater, good picture

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I thought it might be a meat tenderizing mallet or a grater but I'm pretty sure it's neither.

Oh NO! Skunk on the car AAAAAACK!!!

I hope the smell is gone.

10:41 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

gonna have to go for grater....havent had such a hectic sunday morning since god knows when....7.5/10

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Ron said...

I ran over an already-ran-over skunk and the smell was terrible, I couldn't imagine a fresh one.. Ugh!

I'm going to say Cheese Grater as well.. Your yellow background tipped my brain that way!!

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Sorry to hear about the skunk, but it sounds like the shooting opportunity was worth it.

I have no idea what today's image is.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

There's a chance we might get snow sometime this week. Can't decide if I want to go out shooting in it (dragging the boys along...lol) or bundle up with some hot cocoa by the fire...

PS. No idea, but really nice abstract and DOF... good to see the ring flash working for you!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Looks kind of like a closeup of a waffle iron?

As for the skun...pew. Up here they are in wacky land. The cold weather makes them want to hibernate, and the warm weather pops back out and they get confused, so you can smell them spraying a bunch because they get spooked. Thankfully the smell eventually goes away!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Marcia said...

Going to have to go with meat tenderiser on this one.

1:53 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

My vote goes for some manner of tool, be it kitchen or wood shop - could be grater, tenderizer, or wood rasp...

Oh, what a skunky tale!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

No idea but makes a good modern art picture

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

I don't know... I'll be back tomorrow for the response, but the color and the texture are interesting...

3:56 PM  
Anonymous wvallen said...

i'm going to guess a tenderizer as well. great macro!

4:18 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

I guess I have to go along with everyone else and say cheese grater. At first i thought it was the bumps on top of the plastic hairbrush bristles, but grater it is.
Great skunk story. I'm sure it will be a lasting memory.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

I'm going with meat tenderiser ... those lumps of steel look pretty solid to me. Great shot Micki.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

Looks like some kind of torture device...steps back slowly.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Hmmm, I'm going to say a meat tenderizer mallet! :-) Actually, I have no idea, but it could be right, I guess.

Sorry to hear about the skunk, but all was not lost. It was a happy 'coincidence' that your daughter just happened to come along and just happened to know someone on the property that you wanted access to! Will wonders never cease?!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

My guess is a pet grooming tool.

You have the best stories...and children, aparently.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous JL said...

Not a clue, but a great image none the less.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow...cool shot...look like abstract art:-)) from a grater? btw love yr smelly morning story:-P

9:49 PM  
Blogger Don said...

It made an interesting abstract. My guess is the same as some others... a tenderrizer.

10:09 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Looks like some kind of boot sole...

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Shark teeth with fillings!

11:43 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Being the late-comer should make it easy but nooo . . all it tells me is, if visiting, I’d need take care not to groom the pets with cheese grater or tenderize meat with a rasp! Great yellow, though : I recognize that.

4:49 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice DOF and patterns. Though I don;t know what it is.

4:55 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

after 10 min looking at it, i remind clueless...

6:14 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i have never got one of these right yet, and this won't change that fact: no idea at all!! like the dof and splash of yellow btw

6:53 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

God knows what it is Micki but I love the colour and the depth of field....cool shot. Phil

7:31 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

I hairbrush for very short and chunky hair.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Looks like meat tenderizer...???

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Superb dof, as usual no idea what that is :(

10:22 AM  

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