Wednesday, November 29, 2006

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR COLOR -- A Great Tip from a New Friend


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/750
Aperture Setting - f-8 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer
Slight edge cropping

Last night I ran my bath water and left the room. I had also turned on the heater in the bathroom. I hate being cold. When I went back in to turn the water off, there was a spider next to the tub. My first thought was…eeek, a spider. My second thought was…I must kill the spider before it gets me first. Third...I’m wearing slippers, task will be completed easily with no risk to me. Just as I lifted my foot to squish and flatten the hairy creature I remembered…I have a macro flash now. I run to the room where I keep all my camera stuff, my drum kit, my scrapbooking supplies, and the girls’ school books. (Small room, lots of clutter.) Well, the 70 has good film in it, but the flash won’t work with that camera. The Maxxum 9 has b&w ISO 3200, no good for this shot. Flash won’t work with the x-700, which has b&w ISO 1600 in it any way. The 7000 and 9000 are empty but do I have time to load? Is my critter getting away? Stop thinking and load up!! So, I grabbed some film I need to use up and load. I get out the lens, put on the flash, grab the extension tubes and hope that the hot, steamy bathroom won’t fog up my lens. Throwing open the door and sacrificing my hot bath and warm air, I see my spider is now in the middle of the small room. He runs for his life and won’t hold still. I can’t seem to corral him. So I lay the rice bag on him and talk soothingly to him until he is calm. I try to zoom in, but he’s not that big after all, and I can’t fill the frame with him. So, hoping he doesn’t move, I put on the 31mm tube. Now we’re talking…wait. Here comes my husband and he starts poking me in the ribs with his toe. He does not understand the serious matter at hand. I’m trying to manual focus a dark spider who could bolt at any moment and my husband is poking me in the ribs. Finally, he leaves and I get back to my task. (*good spider…still sitting there) I fill the frame, fire away, and pop the flash. Totally freaks the spider out; he jumps up and makes a mad dash for me!! I let out a small scream and jump up myself. Satisfied that I got the shot, I grab my stuff to put it all away. Wait, I think to myself. First shot on the 7000…I’ve got more than a 25% chance it won’t show up on the negative. That’s just the history of this camera. RATS!! Back to the bathroom…the spider is in the corner. Can’t get in close enough with the tube on, so I fire one off without, but he’s too small in the frame. I put the tube back on and coax him out with my pen. Again I had to use the bag of rice and my not so soothing voice to settle him down, but I grabbed two more shots. Four in all, I should get one keeper right? I go to share my experience with the only one around who will partly listen. My oldest now asks if I killed the spider. No, my underwritten rule is that I don’t kill my subjects. I get that look. You know, the one teens give their parents that indicates we are fools and it’s a wonder we made it this far in life. So, after I put the equipment away, I had to move the blinded spider outside. I hope it survived the night.

Anyway, if you made it through that story, you deserve a chocolate bar.

I have at least two different versions of this shot to post. I only found two this morning. I asked my daughters which they liked better and they chose the other one. I might share that one some different Wednesday. Anyway, a great guy I met one Wednesday while out and about seeing what I could see told me that down by the lighthouse was a great place to catch the sunset. I doubted him, but it turns out he was right. This is a shot from last month’s full moon evening. The moon was rising behind me while I was shooting this scene. When I got the print back, I thought “Wednesdays are for Color” shot.

9:23 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

The perfect partner for yesterdays shot Micki....this one is stunning also....great colour. He he...the spider story conjured up all sorts of images which are best not repeated here but it did make me smile!
Love it. Phil

9:28 AM  
Blogger manju said...

WOW !! Beautiful sunset ! And gorgeous color !! Greatwork, Micki.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous mat said...

Wow nice colors!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Ohh...great colors! Lucky you to have a new macro flash! Your stories always make me smile!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Gorgeous colors, superb shot Micki!!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Fabulous sunset. The orange color filling the frame is very intense.

The spider story was really funny. It sounds like your bath water was probably really cold once that adventure was complete.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

you are a good story teller. i sympothize with your oldest ;) - i'm guilty of the crime myself - now i'm looking foward to the spider shots and my chocolate bar :)

today's shot is really beautiful. color is the first thing that comes to mind when i'm looking at it. i think i'm going to like wednesday from now on :)

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Montereyjohn said...

First, as to this picture... WOW! Tres cool! I love it.

Second, as to your spider adventure... girl, you need help, perhaps 12 Step Recovery for Photoholics :) I'm a charter member. You really tickle me.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

We can do a such image with digital camera without post-processing.
Good work Micki

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

LOVED your story! I have so been there! LOL

You are killing me with these wonderful colored shots!!!!!! They are just gorgeous!

12:50 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

This image perfectly coincides with the plunging of temperatures here, thereby offsetting the outdoor chill :-) This just resonates warmth...

12:52 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Excellent image. You must have been stoked when this one came back.

I also liked the story. You have a way of telling them. :)

1:01 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Delicious chocolate bar, thanks. Delightful saga of photo. Can't wait to see the results.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

This is a great shot, the orange looks wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the pic of the Spider

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Great can send a chocolate bar to... ;)

The color is absolutely wonderful in this shot.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow..bloody vivid and intens, i like it:-) great capture

3:19 PM  
Blogger sil said...

What a great story! :) As for the chocolate bar... can you send me one without milk -or at least with little of itin it -(can't remember what you call this type of chocolate in English), as I'm intolerant?

Great sunset pic too! :)

3:38 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Your spider story is a hoot! I, too, am waiting anxiously for the spider-pic (and the choc bar). And the sunset is fabulous : the placement of the crane, staging and sun is perfect and all linked together with that dark line horizon. Magic.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Thought I was in "Apocolypse Now"

5:05 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Your story had me in hysterical laughter. You have as expressive a way with words as you do with your camera. I kept expecting the bath to run over while you were on your knees with the coralled spider ... that your husband was trying to tell you about the bath. I guess you turned it off when you first saw the spider?

I love your photo today ... beautiful colour and the clean composition really catches the eye.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Ron: said...

I have to say that I'm a sucker for supersaturated shots.. And shots of towers.. And funny stories.. :)

Anything for photography, right?

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I'm glad that you didn't doubt that guy so much that you didn't go. Great shot! Absolutely beautiful. The spider story had me laughing aloud, especially when he made a mad dash for you and you screamed! :-) Funny stuff!

6:29 PM  
Anonymous darr said...

Everythng about you Micki is so original!

Great shot, great story and thank you for letting the spider go!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Craig Persel said...


8:45 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

A rivetting smirk filled story :) Beautiful photo also. I'll be looking forward to the spider photos.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful. Terrific color.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

well, as I look at your gorgeous sunset, the sun is just coming up here in the eastern Med and about that chocolate bar, we still have a truck load of candy left from halloween, how 'bout an english muffin with honey on it

11:19 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Great Colors ! you made it Micki :)

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Régis said...

Gorgeous colors !

2:43 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Awesome photo Micki!

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Africa Pictures said...

Ok, dude, this is just a very excellent shot of yours. Well done. Ml, Bela

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

Beautiful,, and neat

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Ries said...

Excellent shot! What a great reflections. Like this one very much.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous photogenic said...

nice color:)

5:20 AM  
Anonymous rea said...

the color is amazing... looks impressiv!!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

Your sunset shot is breathtaking!!!
Your spider story had me laughing ot loud. Glad the little guy was put outside rather than death by slipper. By the way where is my chocolate bar?

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

WoW! I am discovered before you, Is a brilliant capture! Greetings.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely shot as usual Micki, enjoyed the story, even though I am deadle scared of all creepy crawlers, I can't bring myself to kill them (oh that is besides flies, which I have a deadly phobia for)

Lovely shot as usual, I have to find the strength like you to go out and take images at these times of the morning, where do you find the energy woman.

On to something that has been niggling me for a while, you images on this blog are just to little to be really APPRECIATED, Yes I know you can click on it and up pops a bigger image, but it is just not the same, Why not have an alternate blog set up either in AM3 or shutterchance?


7:04 AM  
Anonymous tuna said...

I like eating snickers thanks :)

7:23 AM  
Anonymous mooch said...

Ooh, this is strong. Lovely shapes and of course colour. We don't get quite such vivid hues over here in Blighty

7:35 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

What length you went to document one tiny spider. Now where's my chocolate bar? :p

8:01 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Absolutely wonderful photo and a hillarious story!You certainly are a story teller as well a ~*great photographer!*~ I knew when you spotted that spider that YOU being YOU would run for the camera naked or not!
I am pleased that you allowed the spider to live after {{{scaring it half to death!!}}} Can't wait to see that photo!(tickle on the ribs.. tee hee..not now dear I am taking a photograph!)

9:06 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I always love reading your stories Micki. I've had very little experience using extension tubes, and I'm still trying to get the feel for them. But I hope your shots turned out well.

And this shot turned out beautifully! Love the deep red and the huge ball of sun you caught here.

But I have to agree with Suby. Blogger really is no place for photoblogs. Though another option might be to change your template so that the photos show up bigger. Maybe Azhar could help you with that.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Beautiful color and composition. A fine spider story...told very well! :-)

9:12 AM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

this photo is gorgeous : )

but that spider story is what really compelled me today, the suspense, the fear, the shot ~ i can't wait to see him, that fearless destined for the bottom of your slipper only to be saved by his stunning good looks, lol ...

11:10 AM  

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