Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bringing in the Dawn


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Gold ISO 100
Shutter Speed - Didn’t notice…
Aperture Setting - We were freezing by this point Program Mode
Lens - Minolta 28-85mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

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Thanks for all the great comments yesterday. There were no mirrors involved, just two little daisies from Smith’s Florist in Gloucester and some black velvety fabric. I used 45 degree front/side lighting from the kitchen window. I think the grain of the film and the limited dof of that particular lens played well together.

I went out this morning to test my newest creation. OK, so it’s only my second creation (the first being my Crisco covered filter,) but this one I thought of about a month ago and finally have decided to make it and give it a try. I’m keeping it to myself what I did, but last night I decided to just go for it. So instead of taking care of the piles of paper I have had spread out all over the floor in front of the TV for the last week, I spent the night making my new toy. I used it to take one shot and one shot only on a new film I’m testing. If it works, it will show up on the film and if it doesn’t I wasn’t going to waste any more film. It will be weeks or even a month before I know what happened. I still have about 18 exposures left on this roll and I’m making every shot count. The suspense is thrilling.

I took my youngest daughter out on a very chilly morning for the shoot that netted today’s image. She got cold and wet sitting in the sand and just wanted to get back in the van. It wasn’t until we were all done and I reminded her that we were stopping at McDonald’s for hotcakes that she started to smile. She had forgotten all about my bribe!! So after the beautiful morning light had passed its peak show, she’s all smiles. It was too late for a reshoot and I haven’t been able to bribe her to go back again. I’m still working on it.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

The shot is still beautiful! Lovely morning light. When I first saw it, I thought about how cold it must have been unless this was a summer picture. Brrr. What a trooper! :-)

11:42 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Perfect timing to get your daughter in the way of the direct sun. This is great framing. I really like how this came out. Very innocence-type shot.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

This one makes it firmly into my favorites category here. The golden light is perfect and the ace modeling worthy of plenty hotcakes!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Very nice shot, looks like the end of a perfect day. A little bribery never goes amiss with models who won't get out of bed for less than hotcakes.

12:36 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Love the placement of the light in frame - the lens flare dance that results just adds to the atmosphere of the shot. And way to crank up the suspense level regarding your latest experiment - can't wait to learn the outcome!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

I know what you have been up to!! Can't wait to see what you came up with.

This shot is beautiful. I would frame it large and hang it. So wonderful mood and the light is really the ticket here.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

It looks so warm but you say it was freezing, such a shame. Right around this time of year a trip to a nice warm beach would be great. Can't wait to see the results of your experiment.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Absolutely terrific shot. Definitely one to be framed. :)

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A wonderful portrait of childhood. I like a lot the light here. A new great capture Micki!

5:06 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

lovely shot Micki....if you have any problems with the software let me know it is a breeze to use...I use it most days at work...Phil

5:14 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A beautiful shot Micki. Love that sky and near silhouette. Excellent.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Lovely beach portrait. The sun around your daughter is a very pleasing effect.

I appreciate hearing details on how you took the picture of the daisies as I try to improve my own photography. Thanks.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This is diffently for a frame on the wall! Gorgeous light! I would have to bribe with cold cash to get my child to do that!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

your daughter is a good model and very effordable as well :) the quality of light is the first thing that triggers my attention. it's warm, soft, yet moody. i think the composition is rather nice. if i were to improve one thing in the photo, it would've been the tilted horizon but knowing about the cold weahter you had that day, it is understandable.

p.s. thanks for info about your gray card strategy. i'm thinking to invest on getting one soon or may be i can ask santa :)k

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Just beautiful.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Beautiful shot Micki!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

I really like the sun through the hair. I also like the fact that it is not a complete silhoutte and you can still see details.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Craig Persel said...


8:27 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Sweet shot. Very nice lighting which gives a relaxed, reflective mood

9:19 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Gorgeous lighting and it!

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Beautiful shot Micki, lovely silhouette!!

11:53 PM  
Anonymous tuna said...

Well thought out shot, perhaps a little too close in, a wider angle could have worked a bit better.

I'll happily get my feet wet for you if u buy me mcdonalds!

4:51 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Lady of the water. Nice silhouette. :)

8:40 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

I could learn so much about photography by really paying attn. to your explanation of ~*how*~ it was shot but I just truly enjoy ~*viewing*~ all your photos!This is a beauty!
What a great sport your daughter is!Good memories you are making for the two of you!
Did I miss something yesterday..better go take a look! hugs NG

8:55 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

Beautiful shot!!!! I love everything about it.

9:09 AM  
Blogger pcfranchina said...

Great Shot!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine backlit shot with great flare and brilliant around your daughter. A winner for sure!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Wonderful sunset with girl. I like the intense colour.^.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

I think this would look very good on paper...

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Absolutely fantastic work! I must say that you snapped at the perfect time and in the perfect position.

5:05 AM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

absolutely stunning!

1:27 PM  

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