May 04, 2003

Kodachrome Recollections

image copyright Fred First

Found. Upstairs in The Very Back Room. This favorite photo that was one of my very first flower images. I think I used a screw-in closeup filter on a 200mm lens on my Minolta SRT101 mounted on a tripod. Printed and matted years and years ago, for some reason, it never found a frame and has traveled from house to house with us through the years, spotted occasionally as the odd drawer is opened looking for spare light bulbs and such. Before it goes back into its dark corner, I thought I would share it with you.

The flowers were backlit by a trickling brook where the light was glinting and flashing as it passed over stones. The long focal length lens compressed other violet leaves in the foreground and the slow shutter speed captured ghost images as the light flickered behind the subject.

It is remarkable to me how focusing my attention so intensely in the process of taking an image freezes the moment in memory. There has always been for me a special relationship between pictures and words, and here at Fragments, I often will pull up an image first, and then find what words come out of it, what memories and moods it evokes, see if I can find the story it tells. Looking through my slides, boxes of one-hour prints, and my digital archives is a great antidote to writer's block. Hope occasionally you find a story in a picture you see here.

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Posted by: deb at May 4, 2003 11:23 AM

Oh, Fred!! That's just breathtakingly lovely!!!

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at May 4, 2003 03:06 PM

lovely fred. taking flower closeups is a favorite activity of mine. i think this picture is fab and deserves a frame and spot in the living room!

Posted by: bud at May 5, 2003 09:18 AM

That's simply beautiful, Fred. Thanks for that and the link to Karl Blossfeldt's site. Excellent.

Posted by: Alexandra at May 5, 2003 11:13 AM

My office computer has new "wallpaper." If I'd'a taken that picture, it'd have a touch of thumb in the corner. Just a suggestion. Otherwise, a shot of teary-eyed beauty.

Posted by: nate at May 5, 2003 05:35 PM

Dude, before it goes back in the drawer could you give us enough time to rip it off (nah, we don't take your pics with copyrights). Darn. This is a keeper. We could make quite a few surprise images (the little 50x50 pixel squares) from this one.

Have a great day Fred. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Posted by: meg at May 5, 2003 09:05 PM

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