Got a note from a reader named Wayne Pinney a little while ago:
Your blog entry of a few days ago concerning winter photography inspired me to hunt down my old Contax G1 (burried in the 'closet') with the idea that I am going to put it back to use and start firing away. To my surprise, the camera was loaded with a partially exposed roll of black-and-white film. I made quick work of the roll and dropped it off for processing. When I recieved the image disk a few days later, I was delighted to find a shot of my old rat terrior Sally. The remainder of the exposures were just failed attempts at being a 'serious photographer.' To the best of my recall, I just snapped this one when I heard Sal jump up on the woodpile. I wish the focus was better; but, focus aside, it might be the best photo I have ever taken. Every time I look at the photo it gives my dear old Sally back to me.
It was your blog post that inspired me to dig out the old G1 and discover this treasure. I can't thank you enough for the time you take in providing your blog. Sally had to be put down earlier this year due to disease. She was my buddy and was rarely more than ten feet from me.
"Every time I look at the photo it gives my dear old Sally back to me." I love that. It's what photography is best at, when you get right down to it.
A nice way to say "hope you have a great weekend." Enjoy the weather—where I live, the sun set later than 7 p.m. for the first time today, and it won't set before 7 p.m. again until September 17th. I'm gonna give my dog a hug and a long walk!
(Thanks to Wayne)
P.S. If you have a photo like this that's really important to you, don't forget that a good photo retoucher can work wonders with it. Here's my quick 'n' dirty effort with it:
It's a little easier to see at the file size of the picture as Wayne sent it to me (click on the image):
The key would be to not overdo it (my motto)—just take the unsharpness down a tad so that it doesn't call too much attention to itself, then don't make the print too big. —MJ