All I want is a photograph

18 01 2023

So, my return has been a little slower than planned—good intentions and all that… *hand wave*

Also, it’s been so long that WordPress has completely changed the back-end interface and, y’know, I get sulky around these kinds of changes. Until I get used to them.

Anyway, I bought a new (used) camera recently and, whoo, talk about needing to learn something—many things!—new, yeah. I made the leap to digital (mirrorless, actually), and not only is there all of the stuff about SLR photography I forgot, there’s everything that this camera can do. I got an adapter for my favorite SLR lens (23-85mm), so there’s at least one thing I’m comfortable with, but everything else? Ha.

I did initially poke around its features, going back and forth between the manual and the camera and managed to take a few test shots in my apartment, but I knew that the only way to get used to the camera was, well, to use the camera.

So I took it to Prospect Park and shot around. I played with different film types (an option on my camera, a Fujifilm XT-4) ISOs and apertures, leaving the shutter speed on auto (I think…). It’ll be awhile before the old knowledge comes back, but the nice thing about digital is that I can take a bunch of pics without having to worry about wasting film—that makes it a lot easier to just get out there and experiment.

Anyway, here are some of the results:

Pavilion near the southeast entrance to the park.

Bridge near boathouse.

Tunnel to boathouse.

There are more, but you get the idea: not great, not terrible.

I haven’t done any post-production on them (I currently have GIMP loaded on my computer, although my niece recommends Adobe Lightroom)—that’s another set of skills I’ll have to develop, along with adding a watermark.

Still, this first venture out was good. I managed to get some shots, experiment a bit, and not be too self-conscious behind the camera. A ways to go, but I am at least on my way.

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Monday, Monday

7 07 2014

Gray cat:003

Brown river:

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Tan factory-turned-into-apartment building (on the brown river):

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Small down-town in Wisconsin on a Sunday afternoon:

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First Monday in July. What else could I do?

 





Cats

9 08 2013

Because, yep, that’s what this post is about.

Ignore the cat hair on the ottoman---look at the pretty kitty instead!

Ignore the cat hair on the ottoman—look at the pretty kitty instead!

Kitty boy on the floor.

Kitty boy on the floor.

His preferred floor-space is actually the threshold of the bathroom:

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Trickster, however, almost always prefer a higher plane:

Coolin' her armpit.

Coolin’ her armpit.

Another high spot:

Trickster looking down on us all.

Trickster looking down on us all.

That shelf, alas, is no more. It was a great place for Trickster to escape Jasper, but one day I came home and the wall brace had been torn out.

I think Jasper probably tried to leap up to it and the combination of his weight and the jump was too much for the bracket.

I may try to rig an alternative up for Trickster—she really does need a place to get away from Jasper-in-fightin’-mode—but in the meantime, she and the kitty boy are sharing (alternately) this:

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Yes, I constructed a dresser from wine boxes—perfect for my (de-jewel-cased) cds. It used to sit in my living room, topped off by my mini-stereo, but as I was trying to free up space in the main room, I thought I’d see if it would work to put it in my bedroom.

It works, and the cats dig it.

Anwyay, it’s been awhile, and I didn’t want you to forget how gorgeous my kitties are.