Wednesday, January 10, 2007

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR COLOR -- Yellow Daisies on Black


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1.5 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode and Self-Timer Drive
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Small 12” reflector used
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

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Monterey John asked yesterday where I find all of my rural locations on the east coast of Virginia. There are three peninsulas on the coast and the upper and middle are extremely rural. There are no cities on either one, only a handful of small towns and many crossroads with a post office and maybe a little store. The town of Mathews, where I drive out to often on the east side of the peninsula, doesn’t have a single stop light. It has just one stop sign as you come into town. I have to photograph that intersection soon, and I’ve actually got a few photos that I need to post from there.

I’m very excited, I’ve got some really great films coming from B&H I’ve not shot before, as well as a few close up filters, everything I need for a nice little flash set up to take portraits, and some grad ND filters. There’s a story behind those filters. I was doing a search for something or other last month and learned that Cokin made a Grad ND 3 filter. I couldn’t find it anywhere for purchase, though. Then a link led me back to B&H, but it was out of stock. I requested notice when it became available, but didn’t order it when I was notified; I only put it in my cart. When I went to submit my entire order Monday, the filters were gone, as well as the e-mail they’d sent me. Someone else had bought the filter set (which included both a hard and soft Grad 3 as well as a 1.75 Grad), and I had deleted the e-mail linking me to the item on B&H. I found another unavailable set with two 1.75s and one 3 and requested a notification when that became available. A few hours later I got an e-mail saying that the original set I had wanted was available! Glory be! Why they sent that notification again, I don’t know. So, that’s on its way now. Oh, and a few enlargements and three rolls of developed film from my b&w lab are also due in a day or two. One of the rolls is the first roll out of my Minolta Maxxum 9 that I purchased late last year. I’ve been waiting over a month for these images. My poor mail lady may be a bit shocked when I give her a big hug when she delivers the mail this week. Maybe I’ll bake cookies instead…

Today’s photo is another one of those that the old scanner would not have been able to scan because of the strong contrast. And much thanks to my oldest for going in and removing all the dust spots that regular dust remover didn’t get.

*tomorrow I’m switching over to the new version of Blogger. Wish me luck. I’ve been putting this off for too long.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Great shot...Love the yellow against the black it's a perfect combo.

Good luck with the switch over.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Beautiful! Wow. Just lovely dear Micki. Thanks for sharing!
Good luck with your switch over.


11:12 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

The composition is superb and so is the dof, lovely shot Micki!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with the switch.
Would you give tours of your towns to a desert dweller if she were to come visit?


12:26 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

honestly, i dont like that the bottom daisy is cut out....yellow is GORGEOUS though...

12:53 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

this one is gorgeous. the high key look works really well. i also like the point of focus on this shot. i did wish however that the flower on the forground wasn't cut since it is the main idea of the photo :) good luck on the new change :)

1:09 PM  
Anonymous zahra said...

Beautiful!!Love the details...

1:21 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That is beautiful!

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

I can almost smell them through my monitor.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous PUJA said...

those flowers might as well be sitting on my desk... they pop right off of the screen!

3:15 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Great juxtaposition of the two flowers and great use of shallow DoF! It looks beautiful. :)

4:23 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Stunning composition; great detail and color.

5:20 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

Wonderful image,excellent colours

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

You are definitely my favorite spot for excellent flower, close-ups. This one is really nice, as always!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. This image is just beautiful. The composition is excellent as is the sharpness of the daisy and the contrast between subject and background. Just lovely.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Nice comp on this one!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful, Micki. Love the color combo and the composition.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Beautiful shot in every way! Sounds like you have a lot of great anticipation going this week. Cool :-)

10:44 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Love the yellow against the black. It would make a nice notecard. Good luck with the switch.

11:08 PM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

Nice Daisies

11:26 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Lovely composition !

5:13 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Yup, I can see this one woulda beaten the old scanner for sure : fantastic contrast to lift these flowers forward.

Best of Luck with the ‘switch’!

5:38 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Outstanding shot, all 'round - I'm especially enjoying the subtle gloss of the center of the foreground bloom.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Oh so cheery Ms. daisy...I know you love your daisies! :)NG

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Intern said...

Beautiful shot Micki ... yellow looks very pleasant and the flower looks very fresh. Lovely.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

That is some serious contrast and some serious beauty! I'm glad that you got the new scanner!

8:23 AM  
Anonymous ava rea said...

wonderful flowershot..
the yellow and the black background work well together..

10:08 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

A perfect piece of sunshine in the greyness we are experiencing at the moment...lovely Micki. Phil

10:37 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Beautiful Beautiful :)

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Craig Persel said...

simply gorgeous.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

Oh wow, incredible framing and dof. Love this shot.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

the color, the composition the DOF.. everything is great about this photo.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Very nice, like it a lot.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous sinem said...

Look at the burst of that sunny yellow! Van Gogh would be proud! :)

4:20 PM  

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