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  1. #91
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    Been a busy week at work, so I didn't get a chance to take any flower pics earlier for the weekly challenge. But today, Saturday, I got a break so I gave it a shot. Of course the weather, which had been sunny and mild all week, turned overnight. I woke this morning to drizzle and cold, and no light. But around 11 o'clock the skies cleared a bit, and even though it wasn't Golden Hour light I thought I'd give it a shot.

    I wanted to trek into the woods and see if anything had bloomed in an interesting setting, but it was pretty muddy and I worried for my non-weather sealed D5500. We have daffodils ringing the front of our house, and they're pretty. But they're also done to death. I nixed that idea.

    Until I spotted some tiny little white flowers coming up a few feet in front of them. And I mean, these things are tiny. I wouldn't have noticed them if I weren't kneeling on the ground trying to see if it was worth shooting the daffodils anyway.

    I thought it would be interesting to get my 40mm macro out and seeing if I could grab a pic of them with the daffs in the background. I tried hyperfocal distance focusing, but I couldn't really pull it off. So I decided first just to focus on some mid-point flowers with a shallow DOF, making them stand out in relief from the foreground and background (daffodils):

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    Then I tried isolating just a few of the little flowers, but to get the number in focus that I wanted I had to focus stack two shots. These were the two:

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    Merged and PP'd (including reducing some of the Dutch Tilt that didn't look as good as I thought it would):

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-nikonites-flowers-1-1-1-.jpg

    I dunno. Neither of them really grab me, so I'll hold of on entering either until I see if tomorrow's weather is better. If not, or I just get lazy (which has been known to happen, believe it or not) I'll have to decide which of those two I should toss into the challenge. Decisions, decisions.....


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  2. #92
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    I've had pets pretty much all my life. Mostly cats and dogs, but also the odd fish, lizard, ant farm, sea monkeys, and even once a red legged tarantula. But since our last corgi died a couple of years ago and his cat sister disappeared shortly afterwards, our house has been devoid of animal life (except us).

    A few weeks ago my wife started lobbying again for another pet. Specifically a cat. She liked when our previous cat curled up on her lap while she read at night before going to bed, and wanted another "cuddle muffin". I agreed, but with one stipulation: it had to be an older animal. Now that I'm getting to be of a certain age I don't want to still be scooping out litter boxes 10 - 15 years from now as I enter my retirement. She agreed.

    So of course last week she came home with a 1 year old cat.

    "It cuddled with me" she said. "Cuddled!"

    So now we have a 1 year old cat and it looks like my golden retirement years are going to be very stinky indeed.

    I have to say though, this is a VERY affectionate cat. The day wifey arrived home from the shelter, he came out of the carrier and immediately ran over to me to be petted. We've named him "Dell", because he's a real laptop. So, wifey got her wish. She also got a cat tree and some toys.

    The only annoying thing so far is that when I get up for work at 4 am he insists on shadowing me, including to my radio studio in the basement. So now I have a co-host:


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    That was the very first morning after he arrived. No acclimation time at all.

    Yesterday I snapped a few pics once wifey assembled the cat tree, including some shallow DOF portraits just for giggles:

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    Dangerous Spouse Pics-dell-perched-2-1-1-.jpg

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    Dangerous Spouse Pics-dell-portrait-2-1-1-.jpg

    This cat has the most amazing glowing eyes, made all the more dramatic by the inky black fur surrounding them. Like a lot of cats' eyes, the color varies depending on the light. This one's eyes often seem a shade of green, but with the bounce flash I was using they came out golden every time. Weird.

    I want to see if I can get a good low key shot of him with a black backdrop. I watched a product photography video a while back where the instructor showed how to shoot a jet black object against a jet black background and still make it stand out. He used a statue of a black cat. I want to try the real thing. Wish me luck!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I see a certain litterbox needs scooping. Again....

    edit: in the picture of the cat with the clock, I decided to try the "High Contrast" treatment in Lightroom. Seeing here, I don't think I like it. The cat was dark enough without it. Lesson learned.
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  3. #93
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    Re: Dangerous Spouse Pics

    Congratulations on your new addition to the family and I must say sounds like a better option than another tarantula
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  4. #94
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    To be fair, Debbie was an excellent tarantula, as far as they go.
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  5. #95
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    I got up before the sun this morning to see if I could catch a couple of Golden Hour shots of a decrepit barn a few miles from my house. Most of the year it's hidden by the trees and undergrowth that have sprung up around it, but in the winter and early spring it's more visible. There is a large hill to one side, and that's where the sun crested. I first positioned myself with the sun to my back, but because of foliage I couldn't get the whole barn in - although I may go back another morning and choose a farther vantage point. So what I did first was shoot into the sun, with a 9-shot HDR:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-barn-hdr-2-1-1-.jpg

    I liked that a lot, so I gave it a B&W and sepia treatment just to see:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-barn-hdr-1-b-w-1-1-.jpg

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    Dangerous Spouse Pics-barn-hdr-2-sepia-1-1-.jpg

    I like those also. They both kinda give it an Old Timey feel, and accentuate the decrepitude I think.

    I did the same thing with a front-lit picture of one side of the structure. Compositionally, I think this may be my favorite:

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    Dangerous Spouse Pics-barn-side-b-w-1-1-.jpg

    On my way back I stopped across the road from a tree I've always liked. It sits right along the far edge of a local ranch, and really stands out as a white sparkle in the middle of a dark strand. I really want to come back and get this one in the snow. Anyway, some of the cattle were grazing, and I managed to get one in the shot more or less ok:

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    Just down the road from there a bit is a really nice local park, with a walking trail, a playground for the little kids, and quite a few ball fields - 2 baseball diamonds, a football field, two soccer pitches, and several basketball courts. Although the sun was now getting well overhead, I decided to try a panorama while standing on the trail overlooking the two soccer fields. This is 8 stitched shots:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-maple-grange-pano-1-1-.jpg

    All in all a fun morning out. I even got home before my wife woke up! Win/win
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  6. #96
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    I saw our newly adopted cat staring out our back bay window this morning, and when I looked out it looked like a couple of squirrels were running in circles around a dog. They were in my adjoining neighbor's yard, on the driveway next to his shed. But when I looked closer it turned out to be a fox with a couple of her kits scampering about. As I watched, several other kits emerged from under the raised floor of the shed. I counted 5 total. By the time I reached my camera, all but one of the kits had returned to the den. I was lucky to get this off just before mom and the remaining pup joined them.

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  7. #97
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    Went out yesterday during a break in the rains to get some pictures of the gate to our local state park, which hasn't opened yet for the season. Not sure yet if I'll use any of these for this week's challenge ("Gates").

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  8. #98
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    Went down to our local cemetery yesterday because they have a really nifty wrought iron gate that would have made great shot (I think) for the "Gate" challenge this week. But when I got there, the gate was open and a service was being held right behind it. I didn't want to be so crass as to intrude on the mourners with my camera, so I drove around the far side of the grounds to see what I could find. There were a few large mausoleums, some of which had faux gate fronts which were solid but shaped like gated entries. Most were metal which had oxidized into various shades of green-blue. I used this as my entry, a detail of one of the hinges and a pull bar. I like the following B&W treatment of it, too:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-mausoleum-gate-detail-1-1-.jpg

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-mausoleum-gate-detail-b-w-1-1-.jpg

    Afterwards I wandered around a bit more and took some general shots, but it was starting to rain so I couldn't stay long.

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-angel-baby-full-5.jpg

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-angel-baby-detail-5.jpg

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    There were a few others, but those are my favorites. Shame the skies weren't blue, but oh well. Appropriate weather for a cemetery, I suppose....
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  9. #99
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    I figured it was about time I tried the Multi Flash function on my speedlight, so I gave it a shot for this week's "Coins" challenge. It was a lot tougher than I expected, because the coin kept wobbling into and out of the focal plane. I literally bruised my thumb flicking that heavy silver dollar so many times until I finally got some keepers. Here's a couple of them:

    Just testing the light:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-coin-light-test-.jpg

    Nice, but just outside the focal plane, and that also gave light fall-off:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-coin-multi-flash-2-.jpg

    This is what an awful lot of them looked like:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-coin-multi-flash-3-.jpg

    I did get a few where the flashes went off as the coin was settling down, and I liked those a lot. This was my favorite, and the one I entered:

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  10. #100
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    Practicing some things for the "Macro-ish" challenge this week. Got a few things on the card, but this is the first I processed: a dandelion head with the 40mm Micro f/2.8. The second shot is the setup.

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-dandelion-macro-.jpg

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