Here is Mom's camera:
|For those of you who are going to ask, the little plastic tram car with the green windows in the background was Mom and Dad's wedding cake topper.|
BTW, you might want to 'biggify' these photos to get the full effect.
The very first picture she took was of us. Of course. I mean, she got the camera so she could take better pictures of us - what else would her first photo be of?
|"Hey Fi, how many pictures do you think we're going to have to sit for?" "Abs, Mom has a new toy, so it could be in the hundreds. But pictures means treats. Trust me."|
As soon as Mom got back from work the next day, she decided to see what sort of photos she could get. Well, lemme tell ya, after seeing the first set of photos, I'm totally sold on the new camera. Why, you ask? Well, for the first time EVER, we have positive proof that Abby is an alien.
|An antenna coming out of the top of her head! I knew it! Abby is an alien! Not that I ever doubted it, mind you...|
Mom also took some pictures of us in the late afternoon sun because, well, she could.
|"How many pictures did you say we would have to sit for, Fi?" "*sigh*"|
|Take all the photos of me you want, Mom! Remember, I'm The Good Dog! Santa, you're paying attention, right?|
|Doodle Launcher is clearly working fine!|
|Yes, that is snow you see coming down - we had several snowy days this week.|
|While the camera takes great photos, it still hasn't improved Mom's frisbee throwing skills!|
|See, I get some air on occasion!|
|With the picture size and the zoom, with a combination of zooming and cropping, Mom can get good, close-in action shots!|
|The Doodle Launcher continues to perform as expected!|
|Even I got into the Doodle Launcher.|
So yeah, even on the very basic 'auto' setting, frisbee action photos are a go!
As I mentioned above, we had several snowy days this week and one night when Mom took us out, the sky was amazing - clouds, a bright moon behind the clouds, and snow coming down. Mom dashed back inside and grabbed her camera, and even though she was still using the 'auto' settings, she got this Really Cool photo:
|The sky really did look like that - Mom didn't do any color enhancements or anything!|
Mom was so enamored with how the snowflakes looked like stars that she got another picture on another night to see if she could get a similar effect. She's obviously still got a lot to learn (like bringing out a tripod...), but she's quite pleased with her initial attempts.
Okay, enough scenery photos. Mom, you got this camera to take pictures of us, right? So let's see more doggie photos!
One of the 'creative photography' books Mom has been reading suggests trying new angles. So Mom spent a lot of time lying/sitting in the snow to get some 'unique' photos of us.
|Queen of the Mountain (or hill, as the case may be).|
|The "dog's eye view".|
|"How are you going to throw the frisbees when you are on the ground, Mom?"|
|"Seriously. I brought this back to you. You should throw it!"|
|"I'm running Right At You!"|
Mom also wanted to get some head shots. And since she had a bag of treats with her, we were (mostly) happy to oblige her.
Mom was really impressed with the camera on this next photo.
Yes, I'm pretty in this photo (as usual), but why was Mom so impressed? Well if you biggify it (Mom cropped it below so you don't have to biggify it), you will see Mom reflected in my eye. (Yes, she's raising her arm with a treat in her hand to get my attention, but still pretty cool, huh?)
|Mom's looking at me, and I'm looking at her!|
Another of Mom's favorites (BTW, one of the books she's reading suggests that when you pull pictures off your camera, you immediately 'cull' the photos, look at them, and then 'cull' again, so you've got a manageable number of pictures to work with. Mom is following that advice and STILL has a ton of photos.)
|"Out of bully sticks?!? Noooo!"|
|Black and white with a hint of color.|
|'Tweaking' the 'color curve' (whatever that is) with Abby.|
|Trees in our yard in black and white.|
|The first look at the icicles. Ho-hum.|
|Zoomed in. (Biggify for best results.)|
We, on the other hand, want to make sure Mom doesn't lose focus (a little photography joke there!) on the most important subject - us!
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus