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Photographing my kittens

Available light–ISO 400 1/125 sec @ f2. All 3 pictures taken with Canon 50mm lens.

At about 9 weeks olds, my 3 kittens are little terrors.

Forget about getting them to sit, stay or generally do what I want.

Just like infants, I can only persist, shoot a lot and get them used to the camera.

I really ought to set up my cheap, beat up, hand-me-down strobes in my garage since the little critters call that home. Continue reading Photographing my kittens

Backyard Photos of the Mouser

I love the early morning directional light in my yard.

The sun’s rays creeps over the regulation 6-foot neighbor’s fence (now more like 8 feet with the overgrown hedge) and it just kisses my old beat-up picnic table.

Natural lighting or is it?–The Great Mouser with her half-eaten prize was lit by my Canon 580EX Speedlite set on the ground on the left. The distance from flash-to-subject was about 3 feet. The flash was set on Manual @ 1/64th power to give me f2 for ISO 100. I wanted a shallow depth-of-field since I didn’t want the green shrubbery in the foreground to be sharp. Here’s a wider view showing the placement of my Speedlite 580EX.

Because of the extreme angle, much of the clutter and distractions are still in shadow in the early morning hours.

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