Sunset, 4 July

Jenny had spotted the alto cirrus earlier in the day but on the way home from a TEDx organiser’s meeting it looked like it might make a good sunset so I send the message and we met up at our sunset photographing spot on Coppins Crossing Road.

Sunset.

Sunset.

Sunset.

Most of my photos of the sunset (I took over a hundred total) were taken with my Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM with polariser and Jenny’s Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, all in RAW. Little post-processing done except white balance, minor colour enhancement and sharpening.

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First frost for 2010

I was running late for work so even though it was on our porch I just used what I had on me, which considering I take my camera everywhere was my Lensbaby with 10+ macro filter, so I’ll have to do a follow up with Jenny’s 100mm macro and tripod.

Frost on a wood hand rail.

Frost on a wood post.

Whilst packing my camera away in the boot of my car I managed to spill the Lensbaby aperture container and lost my f/5.6 disc down the side of the boot and into the car battery compartment (which is in the boot in MINI Coopers). Took ages to retrieve it!

Was great watching the frost melt in the sun through the lens. If I had my Canon EOS 7D already I could have videoed it …

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Tenzing the stalker kitten

I co-hosted a party this evening with my friend Rae Buerckner and took 56 photos … all of her kitten, Tenzing. Cute little thing, very friendly and playful. He took a liking to our border collie and stalked her around the house while Misty did the wombat thing and buried her head in the laundry trying to ignore the cat:

Tenzing the kitten watching Misty our border collie.

A few times Tenzing even snuck up behind Misty and pawed her, just trying to say hi and play with “the big black furry thing”:

Tenzing the kitten sneaking up behind our border collie Misty.

When Misty was in the kitchen, Tenzing would watch from just outside the door:

Tenzing the kitten just sitting, watching.

I tried to use flash unsuccessfully, so all these photos taken with available room lighting with my Canon 50mm f/1.4 on ISO 400 at around 1/40th of a second in RAW and bumped up +1 EV in RAW processing, adjusted to 3,500K then auto-levelled and backed off a bit in Photoshop. My poor, ageing 400D doesn’t cope well with grain. Pretty hard photographing animals playing, especially in that light and with such slow shutter speeds.

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Don’t pets make great subjects?

I was home from work sick today, so apart from snuggling under the blanket on the couch watching DVDs I took some photos of Misty. I’ve taken hundreds of her but so hard to get a good shot – indoors lighting, her dislike of cameras, high-contrast black-and-white fur … but I like these two I got today:

Misty our border collie dog.

Misty our border collie dog.

See more photos on Flickr in my Dogs & puppies set.

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