Category Archives: Pets

Keeping Sharp

Sometimes when you’re juggling a regular full-time job, keeping a home up and numerous other responsibilities, you may not get the time to take that early morning drive out to catch a sunrise or the fog over a meadow. And maybe the wildflowers in your yard haven’t started to bloom yet. What’s an itchy-fingered weekend photographer to do to stay sharp? Well, for me there’s always a cat, when they feel like cooperating, of course. This is great practice anytime and when you can bring out who they are, you’ve done your job.

Ebony the black cat sitting for her photo

Ebony “Boo” the queen allowing her photo to be taken.

Wookiee the cat hiding under a newspaper story about naughty and nice kids.

Wookiee attempting to hide under the Naughty List.

 

Over the past eleven years, I’ve had four rescue cats come into my life and they have left an indelible mark on life. They all have and had their very own unique personalities and when I needed a willing victim to keep my skills up, they usually were and are pretty tolerance. So with all that said, Wookiee, Chilly, Ebony and especially Buddy the big guy who had been through so much, but never let it changed his laid back attitude, Ebony and I miss you pal.

Buuddy the cat opens his eyes for a close-up photograph.

Buddy is awaken to the sound of me creeping in for a close-up.

 

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Taking a Short Break From Alaska: The Armada Fair

The Armada Fair wrapped up its 143rd run last week and I went down early Friday morning to take in the sites before the crowds came. It’s nice to get there early, the place isn’t packed with people, it’s peaceful and the staff, vendors and participants are just getting ready to start the day. Although the clear blue sky didn’t provide the best lighting I still found great subject matter. The Budweiser Clydesdales came in for the event and the Budweiser crew was getting them ready for the show. There was also a Miniature Horse going on and the children involved were both posed and professional, the parents should be very proud of them (Parents, please reach out to me if you are interested in the photos I shot, my prices are very reasonable!).

Showing of Miniature Horses and the Aramada Fair

Miniature Horse Competition

Working in harsh lighting conditions is a challenge but, understanding composition and working with the angle of the sun will allow you to still get great shots.

 

Young Lady assists the crew in preping the Clydesdales.

Brooklyn gets to help with the Budweiser Clydesdale.

When walking though an event, you never know what photo op may appear before you. Be solidly familiar with your camera’s operations and functions; and some times you can capture a great moment like this.

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Greyhound rescue

Last weekend I went to a charity trivia event at Mr. B’s in Royal Oak to benefit MotorCity Greyhound Rescue (MotorCityGreyhoundRescue.org) and afterward was invited to welcome three newly rescued Greyhounds at Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash and Grooming of Royal Oak where the three were bathed and checked for ticks and fleas before going on to their foster homes. The dogs all seem to know their lives were changing for the better. After getting a good cleaning the dogs getting some much-needed loving.

MotorCityGreyhoundRescue.org

A newly rescued Greyhound gets some loving.

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Six Acceptances!

Got my emailed notification on my submissions to the Trierenberg Super Circuit in Austria, six of my photographs were accepted for final judging and hopefully a trip to  Austria. But alas, I didn’t make the final, cut so no trip to Austria.

Posted here are just two of those photos that got: Nap Buddies and The Tortoise & the Girl. Previous posting were also accepted: Stormy Night and Winter Squirrel.

Tortoise & the Girl for Blog

Nap Buddies for Blog

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