Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Few Photos

Mom has been busy all week with her day job, and trying to finish up photos for paying clients, and getting ready for her first Farmer's Market photobooth, and getting ready to go visit Granny and Grandpa. But, she's also been making sure her new camera setup is working the way she wants it, and we've been happy to help her (as long as the snacks are flowing, we can pose a bit!).

Mom wanted to make sure she had her portable off-camera flash working, so we obliged her with that, too.  I sat down first, and after a few minutes, Daisy came and joined me. (Of course she did!)

Make sure you get my good side! Oh, wait, both sides are my good side!

Heheheh! Big snooter!

Mom seems to like this photo - I think Daisy just looks shifty-eyed.
Did I mention that Daisy felt the need to join me?

Daisy isn't as big as me - she just kept scooching forward to get at Mom's snacks!
This afternoon, Daisy was being particularly crazy, so Mom took her outside for some frisbee time.

Nice, Mom!
Shockingly, the wee beastie actually caught one!

But there were a few more that she didn't catch...

But, she does seem to wear herself out running around with frisbees in her mouth, whether she catches the the first time around or not!

Have a great week!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Daisy the Bandersnatch

Sunday, June 4, 2017

More of the Flashy Beast

In between doing a gazillion other things, including walkies that could have easily been included in the Nefud Desert scenes in Lawrence of Arabia (okay, so it was a tad warm this weekend, and even with bottles of water for us, we could have totally been extras in the movie...), Mom has been playing with her new flashy beast (although she hasn't been flashing it at us, which is something...).

I continue to be my usual graceful self...

While certain other members of the family clearly do not understand the concept of 'catching' a tennis ball....

However, Little Miss Black Demon Dog does seem to understand the appropriate tennis ball zoomies behaviors...

Mom has also been testing out her various lenses to see which ones work and which ones don't, so we've been sitting (or not sitting, in Daisy's case) for portraits....

See, I always look regal.  Daisy, well, she manages to look like a goofball even when I'm being a Very Good Example of How to Behave!

She just can't help but look goofy.
Mom has this *thing* about laying in the grass and taking photos of Daisy.   Daisy, however, has the attention span of a guppy with ADHD....

Of course, it could just be that Daisy has learned that she'll get snacks as Mom tries to keep her still....

Have a great week!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Daisy the Bandersnatch

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Joining the Big Leagues

Mom got a new flashy beast this week, and since she's all excited about it, I'm going to let her blather on about it. I will say one thing that is cool - she is now able to capture Little Black Demon Dog in all of dorkishness. So now the world can see what I mean about my sister.... Now, over to Mom.

Mom here. I have finally moved up to the Big Leagues with a full frame sensor camera, the Nikon D750. All I can say is "I have SEEN  THE LIGHT"!  Wow. I honestly didn't realize what I was missing, but now that I know, I'm going to see what I need to do to have my backup camera also be a full frame sensor.  All of my past cameras have been crop-sensors - which have worked well, but when photographing Little Black Dog, I have noticed times when the auto-focus can't quite pick out what part of the black blur should be the primary focus point. I was also getting to the point where I wanted to replace the cameras I have (they are in fine condition, but I like to turn them over while the are still in good shape...), and when I began researching the FX Nikons, I liked what I read about the D750 - great auto-focus, great in low-light, and not much bigger/heavier than the D7100.

I am still figuring out how to set up the camera (and I'm adjusting to not having the 'telephoto effect' that a crop sensor gave me - 85mm is not as much of a telephoto lens on a full sensor camera - and I have no idea how my 24-70mm lens is going to be!), but I really, really, really like it!

The first photo I took outside in very low-light. I hadn't figured out the focus points yet, but I love how it came out.

85mm is much farther away with this camera! I think my 70-200mm lens is going to be on the camera a lot!

Fi is happy with it!
As I mentioned, one of my goals was to get better action photos of Little Black Dog. So far, my expectations have been more than met!  The next three photos are all in a sequence (it shoots 6.5 frames/second).

My camera has definitely not improved Daisy's catching skills!

However, she looks quite good when she picks the ball off the ground and holds it....

Look forward to more pictures of the dynamic duo in the days, weeks, months (and more) to come!