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Camera: Polaroid: Spectra SE
Film: T-1200
Location: Turku, Finland

My grandmother & father.

This is a very important mental image from my childhood. Whenever I think of my grand parents or Finland for that matter I find myself having a mental picture of this:

Me standing at the front door to the kitchen looking east, blinding early morning light, the intense smell of presidente coffee brewing, the rough sound of butter being spread across rye cracker bread, and Swedish being spoken across the table.

This is one of those shots where I was able to get exactly what I wanted.

Karl Long

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joyeeyim Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
TooMuchCoke Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
this one is really really good. one question: I just started using my polaroid 600.. do you always use the flash light? or did you use a flash for this one?
majida Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008   Photographer
i absolutely love this shot. I love the shape of the spectra polaroid camera. this kind of reminds me when I would walk into my grandmas house, everyone would just be doing their own thing around the table.

I love the composition of this and how you captured it so they look like they're so occupied in their own thing they're not noticing you.

Great expressions, simplicity and colours.
MagicalFingers Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This piece has been FEATURED in my second dA news submission, "The Last Days Of Summer! :D [link] Don't forget to fave the article!
:boogie: :boogie: :heart: :love:
muzungus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Featured in news ; )
d-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student Artist
it's colourful photo.. great lighting. :thumbsup:
fairylale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
beautiful work
you captured a while
thenclara Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
aaand i featured this one too, it's wonderful, just wonderful.
karllong Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Thank you! :D
LolaTheMusical Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
I think we have the same camera. I have lots of trouble cause the flash doesn't turn off - I usually cover it with tape or paper. How do you handle this problem?
DogAngel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007   Photographer
Such a rich image....and lighting... and writing. Makes you want to touch.
codexseries2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
i like the framing u used!

colors + lighting are great too!
JSwondra Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
This is a wonderful photo. The lighting gives it a great effect. I can really feel the moment.
Good job.
karllong Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Thank you! :D
Nirka Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Very nice moment. The warm light emphasizes the morning atmosphere.
I like the fact that this moment was taken from 2 people story. It means a lot to you. That's the most important thing.
osquibb Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
you always manage to capture the most unique light. love it :clap:
cocosette Featured By Owner May 14, 2007   Photographer

I like it a lot.
it's like a memoir. I can almost feel the warmth of the room.
the light is beautiful and it's kind of real.
like something is happening in the moment.

giveupthegoat Featured By Owner May 14, 2007   Photographer
i'm so glad you were able to capture this moment. i mean you know it's there always in your mind, but WE get to see it too :) and it's beautiful. the color palette, the story behind the shot, priceless. :love:
karllong Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
It's nice, I get to enjoy it whenever I want to as well. I've never really gotten to get to know my grandparents all that well. They are somewhat distant people. So it's nice to have these thoughts.... that is untill the polaroid fades! :)
equivoque Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
jjuuhhaa Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
This is great. It is very Finnish.
By the way they have a good coffee taste ;)
karllong Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
Presidente is the best! I miss going outside and seeing cafes every 3 feet. :(
areml Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Professional Photographer
this is a wonderful photograph. like a memory more than a snapshot. it's iconic in some ways. the lighting is beautiful and the texture of the polaroid's emulsion mutes the colours so nicely. painterly even. shots like this make me want to get a sprectra.
karllong Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
That's probably the best comment I've ever received on a piece. Thank you.
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