Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Onemo, Virginia Post Office


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/125
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer (which I almost pitched out the door this morning)

It is hoped that you would respect my ownership of the images posted here on Shutterbug Underexposed, despite the ease with which you could copy my photos. If you would like a true photographic print of any of my images, please contact me at goodiesbaker@yahoo.com and I will be happy to provide you with one.

Regarding yesterday’s mushrooms: I have no idea if they are edible or not, I haven’t ordered my mushroom identification book yet. I’m not sure I’d eat anything that grows in our yard, though. As for the colors/lighting, as I said, the sun had just broke through the storm clouds and still had that threatening yellowish glow to it that after storm sunshine usually has. It was also late afternoon and the sunlight was filtering through the trees. The whole area of that yard had a brief glow to it. I took three shots during the light before it was gone, all at different exposure settings, and all three of them had this color. Nature puts on quite a show at times.

Saturday I received back two rolls of black and white film I had shot. One was a roll of 120 Ilford HP5 that had expired in August of 1997. I wasn’t expecting much from the film, but it really delivered!! The other was a roll of TMax ISO 100. So, I’ll be posting some of those shots in the weeks to come.

It was the full moon last night, and time to put the cameras and films to the test. I loaded the kids up in the van at 3:30 and we headed as far east on the peninsula as we could go. The moonrise was beautiful (although unappreciated by the kids…whatever) and it was a lovely night out…chilly, but lovely. It took awhile to get into the zone, but I got there. We went to the spot I had wanted to shoot at during the full moon for months now and parked the van next to a huge sand bank. I had to park in such a way that the kids could see me down on the beach while they sat in the warm van watching Tom and Jerry on the portable DVD player. As the temperatures dropped and the moon rose higher, I was more and more in my glory. I could hear the herons calling out now and then, but I don’t know where they were. I’ll be curious to see if any of them show up in my longer exposures. I couldn’t see much of anything through the filters and such. We’ll see. If the shots don’t come out, we’ll have to return again next time the skies are clear and the moon is full.

When we came home, I had two rolls of prints waiting for me in the mailbox. The first of my macro flash test shots came back with great results, and the heron that allowed me to get so close to him two Saturdays ago also came back. So did today’s post.

I had to come back to this place three times before I finally received back a photo I liked. The first shot I took was on the 7000, and as I’ve mentioned before, now and again that camera just “drops a shot.” And it had dropped that one. Then I went back again, but the skies were totally washed out, despite the use of a filter. This time I took many images of the Onemo post office with several films and cameras. This is the first to return. You thought the post office in Ordinary was small. The one in Onemo is downright tiny!! Isn’t it charming?? It didn’t scan in very well, but you get the gist.
This is all there is to Onemo, just the post office with a house on one side, one just behind, and one across the street a ways. If you go down the road for about a mile, you’ll pass a few more homes and eventually wind up at the ocean in the Bethel Nature Area Preserve.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

It's hard to believe that that is a post office, or at least and "official" one anyway. It looks like someone's tool shed! How quaint. Do you have any traffic lights near where you live? I'm beginning to think not! ;-)

Can't wait for the moon pictures. I was going to take some last night, but there were no interesting clouds, so I skipped it. Plus it was nearing the upper 20's and I opted to stay inside.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Another teeny tiny post office!!! I love it. I live in an area where the post office is a large complex. Some towns nearby have multiple post offices and of course the cities well they are just huge.

This is so cute and quaint mekse me really want to visit the area. There's such a great small town feeling.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Sweet colours.


10:15 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

wow micki...that's one tiny post office for sure...god if the parcel was to big you would never get in! Phil

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Tiny indeed ;-) great shot, lovely perspective!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Hey, no snow? leaves on the trees? grass? I moving to virginia :D

I love the picture. It's got that Americana feel to it.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

I love these shots of small town Americana. Living in such a large city...it's nice to see something that isn't so huge and crowded and busy.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

here's a lovely post office. Is anybody in?
Just a question Micki.
Are the houses built with wood over there?
I hope your moonrise shots will be good. I look forward them
I always love your photographs stories. I imagine you with your cameras, lens,films, filters and so on in the nature. A great moment! loL

12:27 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Great story Micki as always..Can't wait for the moon shots. It was so crystal clear here in the San Francisco bay Area last night. I could have read a newspaper by the moonlight.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

beautiful! as always....

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Ries said...

Oh... a post office. I thought it was your home ;-)
Very cute this little building.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Wow... how small. Amazing to see the local stuff. Thanks!

6:25 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That is such a great post office. I imagine the inside is interesting and quaint. Good catch.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

cute little post office:-) nice angle and i like color red on the side.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Cute little building!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Very quaint sitting there all alone.So small where do they store all the Christmas packages to be delivered!Bet this is a meeting spot for many to pause and chat about nothing.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

This is great! It reminds me of the park ranger stations in the Provicial Parks of Ontario.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Great shot Micki. I love the cast iron (?) post box and seat to match. I could imagine sitting there and contemplating life for a while.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm anxious to see the lunar result!
Keeping my fingers crossed they turn out!!

2:02 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Sure is a cute little place. I like the restricted zone around front for when things get real busy!

5:01 AM  
Anonymous david said...

that really is the dinky-est little post office! really nice!

5:27 AM  
Anonymous angie said...

wow. do they really process mail out of there?! how cute!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I hope we always have these post offices that are other than a brick-and-no-style affairs we have here. I like the skew of the shot and that looming green box which adds to the quaintness. Even Onemo has a nice ring to it! :-)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Now THAT is a rural post office :)

9:27 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Indeed, tis a fine Postal Shed :-)

10:54 AM  

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