Friday, December 15, 2006

FRIDAYS ARE UNIQUE FILM AND/OR CAMERA DAYS – The Oldest and the Youngest Squared 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 - 1/100
Aperture Setting - f-3.5
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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As for what type of spider yesterday’s was…I’m not ready to study the bugs yet. I have no fear when shooting my little creepy crawlies, but once the camera is put away, they hold no interest to me. I’m pretty indifferent to them now, although they really creeped me out for years. I do have one photo of this horrible huge thing that came flying in the house one night (two as a matter of fact) when I had the patio doors open so that I could shoot this huge spider that built her web every night in front of the doors. I don’t want to talk about how many mornings I wore that web on my face when I walked out after she’d gone off to bed for the day. I’ll have to have a look for that shot, although when Suby finds out how big it was, he might need a defibulator. I hope Sin knows CPR.

I forgot to even think about what to post today. The week went by so quickly! Fortunately, I sent off two rolls of b&w film this week…one very, very slow and one extremely fast. The only thing is, I did a lot of test shots, so we’ll see how much I have to post when they come back. I’m also going to try to finish up a roll I have in the x700. I’ve been working on that roll for months. It’s a high contrast film, and a good half of the shots I pushed that film to its limits, I’m sure. Two days ago the batteries for my new/old rangefinder arrived, so I’d like to get to shooting with that soon as well. And several rolls of films I want to test arrived as well, both color and b&w in 35mm and 120. So much to learn and do and experiment with. Woo hoo!

OK, on to today’s shot. I was taking b&w portraits of my girls with the Autocord, when my youngest climbed up on my oldest’s lap and wanted to have his picture taken. He was already dressed for some TMax 3200 portraits I had just taken of him, so I metered the scene and got this shot. No time for a reflector or anything, he doesn’t sit still for long, but I think this turned out too cute. It was the last shot on the roll. I’m actually having it enlarged to an 8x8. I know the lab will do a little burn and dodge to even out the highlights and shadows. I’ll share that with you when it comes back. Btw, there’s 11 ¼ years between the two of them. She’s Mom #2 to him.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I love it. This is one of the sweetest shots! I think it's a gem that you will all treasure forever!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Gabriel Loeb said...

Great shot, Micki! You've captured some really amazing tones in their faces. Also, I love the way she seems to appear from the nothingness of the black background. The hair is almost unreal, half visible, half unseen. Very cool work.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Again, the tonal range and the totally relaxed quality from the 6x6 makes for a wonderful portrait.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Oh, really lovely portrait. Your walls at home must be a sight to behold. :-)

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

LOL Micki, I do hope she knows CPR as well, all creepy crawlers really creep me out, non more than flies, wonder how people stand the darn creatures?

Love the old feel to these shots, have to say your knowledge and expertise of the use of film is second to none, I always have wikipedia open when you start talking about film types and all, it's always like what in the world she talking about now, no worries, one day I will just start understanding or maybe you will one day come over to the dark side "DSLR" :)


11:14 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

nice one...from whatever little we've seen of you i have to see your youngest one looks exactly like you....great lighting here...

11:51 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

A blend of a dynamic moment and a calm hug! Super portrait Micki!

12:43 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

A beautifully tender shot Micki...well done, one to be proud of. God I can see them both in you....which I guess is a good thing! Phil

1:42 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Beautiful shot of beautiful children. This is a definite wall hanger.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine portrait. I like the high light streaming across thier faces. I think it gives the picture an appealing mood. Well done, Micki!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Beautiful light, beautiful portrait!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous BobC said...

That is one lovely shot, very natural and a great capture! One to look back on.

6:49 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

such a lovely portrait .. : )

7:13 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Very very nice portrait. Great mom's work Micki :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. This is an absolutely beautiful portrait. The lighting and soft focus really do it for me as well as the direct but soft looks of your son and daughter. I'm glad you are enlarging this one.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that is a beautiful portrait. You're getting me all nostalgic and what not. :-) I'm getting an itch to buy a rangefinder and shoot some B&W film! Yes, I said FILM! I honestly do miss it sometime.

There is a digital rangefinder, the Leica M8, that goes for a cool $4,795 ... without a lens! Or I could get an Olympus 35 RC, for about $50. :-)

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Beautiful portrait of your children. It looks like you capitalized on the opportunity to get the two of them together really well.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

This has to be your ~*prize photo*~
Gorgeous your children are beautiful! Daughter resembles YOU! hugs NG

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Lee said...

Terrific lighting and subject!

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I love the softness of this shot Micki giving an additional touch of tenderness.

Hi Micki, becarefull when you go out next time. The spider web is always back the door. Funny story you told us.
Have a very nice week-end with all of your family

3:23 AM  
Anonymous tuna said...

Wow. thats some old school hardware you used for this shot. lol at the expiry date.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I really like the older look to this image. Nice job!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love this! You can just see the love in both of their eyes! Very sweet. I had a dream last night about a Leica M8 so I had a chuckle at Paul's comment. What kind of rangefinder did you get? I'm thinking of getting a voigtlander bessa.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Scratch that last question. I read it on the sidebar:)

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Diane - Daily Walks said...

Micki, I can only echo what everyone has said about this image. I sat here and looked at it for a long while. The lighting is just superb! I thought for sure that it was an old image until I read your notes on it. The expressions, your daughter's hand...everything. Really BEAUTIFUL!

9:21 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Your portrait work never fails to impress - this is an especially fine capture of beaming emotion.

8:16 AM  

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