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Experiments with Flash Photography

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I just finished reading Mastering EOS Flash Photography, the reference guide on flash that I’ve been looking for for several years.  It explains all about the theory and principles of flash, as well as what Canon products are required for specific kinds of shots.  It’s an awesome book. So when it rained this evening, I tried to apply some of my new knowledge.  First I tried some shots of Squirt, who is really hard to photograph with all the gray tones in his fur.  On my first shot, I forgot that I’d dialed in flash exposure compensation the last time I used the flash, so my shot came out extremely over-exposed.  After closer inspection, though, I decided that I almost liked it.  It reminds you of Squirt’s angelic behavior! Here’s my favorite Goldy shot.  The room was pretty well lit with ambient sunlight, and then I added some fill flash, bounced off the ceiling, with an added catchlight.

Backyard photography

Sleeping on the Job!

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This afternoon I observed a very light-colored House Finch at the front feeder.  The patches of light brown, almost white, on his face were intriguing, so I got out the camera for a closer look.  With my zoom lens I could see that this was a juvenile bird, molting into his male adult plumage. Goldilocks was more interested in the backs of her eyelids than in watching the bird-bird outside her window!

Backyard photography

Spring is coming…

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Squirt got his last pansies of the year (don’t tell him, but we can’t find them at Lowes anymore. Now he has to wait until next November for more.) We saw about 8 robins digging for worms under a tree at work this morning. They surprised us, since Rich’s parents said the robins are already back up in Pennsylvania. Maybe the crazy weather is affecting the migration?

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Wanted: new waitress for Missy’s Diner

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Wanted: new waitress for Missy’s Diner. Qualified applicants must possess a basic knowledge of ornithology and a willingness to bird watch without knocking over every item on Mum-mum’s desk. Preference will be given to felines who do not squeak at, paw at, or otherwise startle their avian customers. For more information, contact Miss Mess at 1-800-CATBIRD. (Squirt need not apply.)

Cats

Christmas Cat

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Squirt says that I haven’t posted enough pictures on this page of the backyard birdwatchers, and since I wasn’t home today to photograph the birds, here’s one of my favorite birdwatchers. (The orange birdwatcher was too busy being sleepy to pose for a picture!)

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A letter to Santa

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Dear Santa Claws, We’ve tried so hard to be good kitties this year! Goldy has been a perfect angel cat, and Squirt, well, Squirt could have been bad so many more times. So please, Santa, please visit our house and bring us the following… a six-pack of pansies for Squirt’s chewing pleasure a few goldyfinches to amuse us at our window a whole cup of yogurt just for Goldy! a two-way mirror so that the bird-birds can’t see us as we pounce at the window :) catnip, as much as will fit in your sleigh an eraser. Aaron knows why! convince Mum-mum to serve ham for Christmas dinner a coffee table for the family room, for our lounging convenience freshly laundered (or at least air-fluffed) sheets, every day, thoughtfully placed near the front window birdfeeder a maid, who will feed us (but not touch us!) at 2:30 sharp each afternoon (that’s 6:00 GST, Goldy’s Stomach Time). a cat-door to the porch, so that we can go outside whenever we want a year-round Christmas tree (great hiding places shouldn’t be limited to just one month a year) for the vacuum cleaner to have a mysterious, unfortunate accident that renders it completely […]