Friday, December 08, 2006

FRIDAYS ARE UNIQUE FILM AND/OR CAMERA DAYS -- A Dapper Gentleman with my Autocord


Blogger micki said...


Camera - 1958 Minolta Autocord
Film - Ilford HP5 Plus ISO 400 (expired Aug 1987 or ‘97…I don’t remember)
Shutter Speed - 1/250
Aperture Setting - f-5.6
Lens - the lens on this camera is an f-3.5/75mm lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

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The coldest day of the season…mid twenties with wind chills in the mid teens…unusually cold for this time of year on the east coast of Virginia…and we lost power this morning. It got pretty chilly in the house really fast. But, all is well now. The power is on, and we’re warming up slowly. We’ll be back in the 60’s come Monday…warmer than it was in the house this morning as a matter of fact.

As many of you recall, about a month or so ago I was out on a Sunday morning shooting the Bena Country Store when an older gentleman drove up and asked me to take his photo. At the time, I was shooting expired b&w film in the 1958 Autocord, so I snapped one of him, and then another with color in a 35mm. He wanted the photos to give them to his 80+ year old mother. I’m going to have them enlarged and give them to him as a surprise. Doesn’t he look proud and dapper in this photo!?! He was on his way to church. Anyway, the roll of film came back so nice that I can’t wait to try a roll that I have that isn’t expired. Even my cheap little scanner handled this one pretty well because of the wonderful range of tones. This very well may become one of my favorite films. And this camera is not letting me down at all!! No dust/speck marks on this roll of film. Maybe all of the dust fell out of the camera since my first roll. And as it turns out, the camera also gives me a little more in the photo than the marks on the viewfinder indicate, so I’ll have to keep that in mind. This camera was worth every penny I paid for it., and I got it at a steal!! Probably my favorite purchase of the year.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Great photo...wonderful quality.

It's really cold here too and the wind is whipping thisgs up making it even colder. I don't think it will hit 30 today. It's 19 right now...BRRRRRR!

I just wanted to let you know that Blogger won't publish for me (FTP Hosting with Blogger at least for me is broken...big time so I may have to use "Parallel Universe" for a while. I hope it get's fixed but I've gotten nowhere between contacting blogger, my hosting one can figure out whats wrong.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

What a wonderful portrait of a fine looking gentleman. The B&W tones you captured are fabulous.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Your autocord has done a marvelous job. The gentleman is going to love his picture. Well done!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous wim said...

Great b/w. It looks old compared to contrast, yet this fine gentlemen gives it a modern look. I really love the sign.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Great looking black and white shot and the man is gorgeous :) You made me want to start shooting black and white film... ;)

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Micki, Now you outdone yourself with this picture, Love the look of the "Young" gentlman in the shot, he looks so proud and dapper. Has this feel of a shot taken in the 50's (you sure you don't live in the 50's? ) LOL


11:59 AM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

Your photo hits home for me. Reminds me of life back east. Love the country store with the gravel/dirt front. And yes, a very proud gentleman!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That looks like such an old-school shot! Awesome!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

that's a fantastic capture, micki!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I'm sure that he would be very proud of this picture! Very nicely done, Micki! You do know your way around a camera, even one that's old than you, as I'm sure most cameras are! :-)

1:18 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

what a beautiful shot Micki accompanied by beautiful words. He will love the shot and you are right he looks so proud. It sure is a pretty part of the world you live in. Phil

1:37 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

I echo everything everyone else has said.
What a special surprise for the gentleman.
I really enjoy your blog.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Dapper is such a perfect word for this gentleman. I heard it was cold out east this morning but I didn't know it was that bad. Hope you guys warm up soon.

2:09 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

very sweet shot!..i do like his expression and stature....

2:15 PM  
Blogger Don said...

He is an elegant looking gentleman. I especially like the black and white processing on this one. A fine range of black to white tones. A larger negative does have some strong advantages.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous angie said...

how cute is he?! :o) i love how he's standing there like a little boy. very sweet.

great shot, micki. nicely framed.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Fine portrait , it look a little like ancient photography!

4:15 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

The tonal range here is phenomenal – even in the scan. I can just imagine him confronting that ’58 Autocord live on the street : enough to make anyone stand up straight and tall. A lovely photograph.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I agree with you Micki. You got a fantastic old camera giving some incredible b&w tones. May be this camera works only with this kind of "old" gentleman . They're in the same age both I think.
I love this shot Micki so much.

Thanks for your answer on my blog
Have a very nice week-end Micki.
All the best

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely portrait, Micki.

5:39 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
It's a lovely country theme portrait Micki of which I'm sure this gentleman will be pleased with.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

I LOVE HP-5.. It's one of my favorite films, and you can EASILY see why!! This is a GREAT shot, technically and compositionally! That man's mother is going to be prouder than he looks when she gets that enlargement!

Oh, and it's -7C right now, which would make it 6.8 degrees where you are!! BrrrR!

7:15 PM  
Anonymous kalyan said...

An amazing & wonderful portrait!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Excellent portrait Micki, i am sure he is going to be very proud!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A sharp dressed gent. Timeless in B&W Micki. Well done.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Autocord rocks! This is a superb country portrait something he would be really proud of ( and so are we! ).

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

Interesting, the bw works well here.. looks like back in 60`s

2:24 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Wonderful!!very very nice Micki!! This is one of favorite from you :-)

3:22 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

It was mighty chilly up here in New England, too - single-digit 'feels like' temperatures.

Great shot and story as well - can't wait to see more from this vintage gear!

10:32 AM  

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