Time for Fluffy to go home and although she doesn’t look too happy about it I’m sure she was very happy when she discovered the other end of the trip returned her to where she belongs with her family. We will miss her, it was great having a pet again (for a short while).
Here’s to the conclusion of a fantastic Thanksgiving Day! Our family did something different this year and gathered together with a number of older singles and couples who didn’t have anyone to spend the day with and made a family for a day out of it. It was an amazing time as we each got to know someone new or a little better than we knew them before. Even more to be thankful for.
I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving and remembering just how much we have to be thankful for, regardless of the tumultuous times we live in. We are nearing the end of our cat sitting duties and I’m feeling a bit sad about it. Fluffy has really endeared herself to our family over the week she has been here, however, I think we’re not quite ready for another pet full-time just yet. We have enjoyed the freedom of being able to spontaneously take off without having to figure out how to deal with any pets and I think I’ll keep it that way for a while (although our home will always be open for more cat sitting!).
Shot handheld at f7.1, 1/6 sec., ISO 200. I find the slight hint of movement in the leaves interesting as well as the overall sense of softness the image has yet when looking closely it is possible to see some sharpness near the center of the image. Something I shot having some fun with flower the wife brought home.
I usually find Caturday (posting photos of cats on Saturday) to be annoying. I’m not sure why but guess it’s because I’m a dog person. Anyway, this week we found ourselves cat sitting and she just happens to be the best posing pet I’ve had around in many years. Here she is keeping an eye on me at the computer. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of Fluffy in the future.
Some of you may know that my photography interests have varied slightly over the past year. When I initially got a camera in my hands again my interest was mostly in landscapes and car shows. I eventually began doing some event photography but mostly still focused on landscapes and cars. I really didn’t have any interest in photographing people other than at events (snapshots of the kids excluded).
As time progressed my interests slowly shifted and I found myself very interested in photographing people. I began studying the work of portrait photographers which eventually led me to no longer looking at humans the same way (or movies/tv shows for that matter). My wife is surely tired of watching television with me, especially Arizona Highways Television, as I’m always commenting on the lighting and what may have been done to achieve the result. My interest in Arizona Highways Television shifted from the segments about all the great things to do and see in Arizona to the magnificent lighting of Robin Sewell during the intros and recaps. If you haven’t seen Arizona Highways Television I highly recommend you take thirty minutes of your time and learn a little about Arizona. And, if you are a photographer immerse yourself in the lighting when Robin introduces the show and each segment and again when she recaps the show. Quite possibly the best lighting I’ve ever seen.
Anyway, that was quite a segue into what is my first real people shoot. I present to you Eddy and Sydney, a stunning and remarkable young couple embarking on this great adventure we call life. I had so much fun shooting with them I’m considering a second round at another location. They were great sports, enduring my sense of humor and the occasional, “oops, forgot to change the camera settings.” I had a really good time capturing these images for them. I concluded the afternoon with a couple of sixty-second portraits (unbeknownst to them) that turned out great (well, one is a thirty-second portrait – remember what I said about camera settings earlier?).
I think the most fun of this session was interacting with them and watching them interact with each other. They were relaxed and themselves which made my job easier, a lot of fun, and really lets their personalities shine through in the photos. Who knew photographing people could be so much fun?