Friday, December 01, 2006



Blogger micki said...


Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak TMax 3200
Shutter Speed - 1/30
Aperture Setting - f-13 Manual Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Metered off a gray card, set in those numbers and then upped it +1.5 EV
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

So badly I just want to shoot, I want to get up before twilight and shoot all through the day and into the night. My shutter trippin’ finger is itchin’ and my brain is spinning with ideas I want to try. But there is work to be done, the weather is poor and I have responsibilities. Still, I like having the fire that burns, it keeps me going…trying to reach the goals I keep setting for myself, pushing each goal a little higher and a little further out of reach so that I don’t slack off. “Don’t do anything half-jack,” I tell my kids all the time. If you’re not going to do your best, don’t do it at all. (That philosophy has saved me on some film and developing costs lately.) I love having something I’m passionate about that is still a challenge as well. Here’s to all that life has to offer…let’s try not to waste a single moment of it.

As for today’s shot, I really get off on grain and contrast like this. Only about three more frames left on the current roll of 3200 Max I’m shooting right now…then off to the lab it goes. Fingers crossed… I shot it in my new Maxxum, first roll to pass behind the lenses on that camera, so I’m doubly excited and anxious.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I like how the blosssoms seem to reflect each other.
Fine black and white work. The new camera is doing a fine job.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

never expected that B&W Daisies will be so attractive!! well done with the composition...

10:57 AM  
Anonymous david said...

nice to have such a burning desire, shame though that the weather hinders us so at this time of year. i like the shot - the mirroring of the flowers is very attractive.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Duncan Galbraith said...

hey micki. sorry for that first post, I put the wrong url in and I checked the link and it came up as a spam site. Anyway..Ill repeat..Lovely image, great black and white and well composed shot! (please erase the previous post!)

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Great image. I like the composition and the detail visible.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I am sucker for daisies and these are lovely. Perfectly shot of course!

We are in for some wicked weather today and although the temps have been really warm there's been a grey pall cast over the landscape for what seems like weeks.

11:46 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

lovely shot...great placing...8.25/10

1:12 PM  
Anonymous angie said...

daisies are my favorite flowers. these are so lovely to see this time of year. i'm already looking forward to spring!

1:18 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Micki, this shot would make a great notecard. There's a bit of whimsy (sp?) there.

1:26 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

wheeeeeeeeee ... i love love love these :) 'nuff said.

Have a fantastic weekend!!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely looking flowers, you always want me to like flower shots when I ve iw the flower images you take :)


1:50 PM  
Blogger shiv said...

LOVELY shot...!
love the tones,grain is just perfect...
nice composition as well...!
each image here is a masterpiece...!!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice bw flower shot...lovely hilight and tone....i love the grain adding a nice texture:-)

2:05 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Such a peaceful shot. You could get lost in this image!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

I love the limited dof here, works well with the subject. I'd say great conversion but you're one of my non-digital friends lucky enough to get those beautiful tones straight from the camera.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

I recognise the itch. Grainy daisies do t for me. its a nice balance like a reflection, they remind me of speakers on top of a car during an election. looking forward to the3200 results.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

Here's to all your first paragraph sentiments! And the daisies are just, well, spot on. I've seen something of the weather in central USA in the news reports here, I hope it isn't heading in your direction.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Craig Persel said...

Beautiful B&W image.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Eddie said...

This is a fine image, strong and graphic despite the subject matter being sorf and dreamy. Will explore your site further and mark a few favourites

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Ries said...

This one... is superb! What a great contrast and composition.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

it's nice to see some realy black and whites in a b&w photo :) good idea on using a gray card. what is your gray card like? did you make it yourself, or?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. This looks like one daisy reflected in a mirror. Is it? The grainy look gives a different perspective to daisies. Interesting shot.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yummy grain:)

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

You know I looks like it is going to push right off the page!

Very cool!

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

/Whois micki

Great shot micki, Hope to see you more often, Cheers

12:23 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Beautiful b&w image and grain is good spice I love it :)

3:00 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

As with all your images, handled with care and respect. Such friendly grain, too!

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Very beautiful! The grain is a real treat for this photograph.

6:41 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Simply fabulous - the flowers emerge so delicately from the darkness. I think the 3200 grain really enhances this quality as well.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

simple and artistically effective

9:27 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

I'm with the rest loving this one.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

There you go ~*Ms. Daisy*~ I think of you when I see this flower! You truly love to capture ~*the Daisy*~..

9:00 AM  
Anonymous hans said...

nice, nice, nice
i like it ... like everybody else

5:41 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nicely composed.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Lorissa said...

lovely grain here. it really creates a wonderful feel.

1:53 PM  

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