Photography Basics

I decided to change my blog!

This is a “how to” for people who want to learn the basics of Photography.

I’ll be creating “exercises” that you can follow along with and post here for others, along with myself to critique.

I will start off on a weekly basis and we’ll see how that goes.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Cats...

Well last night we introduced Rudy (that's him over there) and Furby to the newest addition to the feline family.... Spike.

Spike was excited to get out of the living room and explore the rest of the house. Rudy growled and hissed at Spike every time he looked Rudy's way. Furby stayed in the bedroom most of the time, until Spike ventured in there... I think Furbs hissed once or twice but that was it.

All in all it was a much better experience than I had anticipated.

We are still keeping Spike in the living room while we are not at home, until they all get used to each other.

Tonight we introduce Spike to the dogs.......oh joy I can't wait.... There may be alcohol involved tonight...

wish us luck....

later...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fire....


This is a better photo of a fire, even though it's not the best one I've shot. It's the best one that I have here at work. I'm on my lunch break.

We went to camp last night and the trailer is still on our lot, although it is unhooked from the utilities and looks ready to move.. it still sits...The site isn't cleaned up yet and by the looks of it, it won't be for weeks.

I am getting very discouraged. I know it's too soon to camp, but I want to AT LEAST move our camper onto it. Ok I've blogged about this more than once, so no more until the lot is cleared...

Monday, February 23, 2009

The smell...

of a campfire is closer in our future!. I called the campground last night and was told that the camper that is on our lot is being pulled off today!!

It's about freakin' time too. So.. pretty soon we'll be sitting around the ol' campfire drinkin' margarita's.. lol

Actually we have alot to do. We need to prepare the lot, then move our camper onto it, then build a shed, paint it, put up a doggie fence for the pooches. If they leave the deck we'll have to level it, rip off the roof and put up a new one, then paint it from that hideous orange color to the nice gray we bought that will match the shed.

So I guess the fires will come late at night after all the work is done....hopefully by the end of summer, it will be done and we can enjoy!...

toodles....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday...

Today is Friday which I'm sure most of you already know.

Scott is picking Spike up from the vets when he gets home.. then we are going to dinner.. Mexican.

I don't have much else to say today, but wanted to keep my promise up to blog daily. Not sure how long that will last.

You ask what does the bottle of 151 have to do with this post. I'm thinking it's going to be topping off my strawberry daquiri's tonight....

until tomorrow....

adios......

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Surgery

This is Spike. We sort of got stuck with the lil dude..He's the FIFTH animal to join our family...

We took him last night to the vet to have his claws removed. I know everyone doesn't agree with 'declawing' but I'm sure those of you who don't have never lived with a "cat from hell". I have.

When I lived in Pittsburgh my cat, Mo Kitty started out being a cute little kitten, then something happened and she turned into a Psycho cat.

She would lunge at my legs and hang on to MY SKIN with all four CLAWED paws. She used to hang from my arm the same way. I'm not the only one who felt the wrath of her claws. If any cat needed declawed, Mo Kitty did.

Well anyway. Spike is having his front ones removed today via laser surgery. We pick him up tomorrow night after work. Then we have 2 weeks of keeping him in the living room away from the rest of the mottley crew. Rudy, Furby our other two felines.. and Tucker and Emma our Bassets...

Hopefully things will go smoothly and everyone will get along just wonderfully..... well I can dream can't I?

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Missing...

When I moved to Cincinnati Scott had 2 dogs. Griffey and Buddy. He'd had Buddy for years and had just gotten Griffey a year or so prior. He adopted Griffey because he'd heard his owners were going to take him to the dog pound if anyone didn't adopt him.

Buddy was alot older than Griff so I kinda paid more attention to Buddy than I did to Griffey. Buddy was a small poodle and would get up on my lap on the couch and cuddle with me. Griffey was part Lab and Beagle and weighed around 80 lbs or so.

Well one day Scott said to me... "do you realize how much Griffey loves you". I had no idea.. so I started watching how Griffey acted when I was around. Well I don't think any animal has treated me the way Griffey did.. From that day on.. he was my Grifford.

About a year or so later Scott and I were in the dining room working on something at the table when Griffey had his first seizure. We weren't sure exactly what was happening. We thought he was dying. We took him to the Vet and found out he had Epilepsy. They wanted to put him on Pheonabarbital, but we chose not to do that at the time. A few weeks or so later, he had another one. We once again took him to the Vet and had them start him on the medication. He was not himself the first few days until his body got used to the Pheonabarbital. He still had seizures but not as bad and far between. He would go a month or two without having one. But when he did.. he always had more than one. I hated it....

As time passed, the seizures became worse..he would sometimes have 4 or 5 in a row, sometimes more.... Every time he had a seizure his brain would learn how to have a better one. We hated seeing him go through this, but 95% of the time he was fine.

One year ago today, he had 10 seizure within about a 6 hour period during the night. He couldn't even get up off the kitchen floor.. he was totally exhausted. We both knew the time had come.. we couldn't let Griffey go through this any longer....

Scott, T'angela and I took him to the vet to have him put to rest. It was a hard, hard day.....

I cry at the drop of a hat and do not consider myself to be a very strong person when it comes to things like people dying and such. I stood next to the table where Griffey layed as they administered the medication into his system. I talked to him while stroking his head. I told him what a good boy he was...how he wasn't going to be in any pain anymore... how he'd see Buddy soon.. how he could chase all the squirrels he wanted too (yes Scott I'm crying).. I talked and petted him until after he took his last breath....it was very very hard....

We miss you Grifford.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One Month



Well it's been a month today since we traveled to the lovely state of Indiana and picked up our new camper. We had to park it on Butch and Linda's lot at Brownings because our lot is not cleared off yet. The person who is camping on Lot #34 right now hasn't paid his rent for a year and a half. Sheesh.



The head honcho's of Brownings apparently told the man he needed to move his stuff (see photo above) off the lot. He hasn't as of yet. Now lets think about this for a moment. If you were behind on your rent and the 'landlord' told you repeatedly to pay but yet continued to let you stay there for free... and then comes and tells you that you need to move since you haven't paid...... why would you move? They've done nothing in a year and a half to make you pay up, so why on earth would they think you'd move all your stuff off the lot. They need to give him a week to get it off and if he doesn't.. move it off FOR him. Sheesh come on people!

We've been paying for this lot for over a month (since January 10th) and can't use it. It's getting old.. I know it's not camping season yet, but I want to get the lot prepared and get the camper on it where it's going to sit BEFORE CAMPING SEASON STARTS.....

I guess we are just going to have to be a pain in the posterior and keep calling and complaining....

Monday, February 16, 2009

First...


I thought it appropriate that my first entry into my new blog be accompanied by my first Sunset photo back in 2005 when I purchased my first DSLR. The Konica Minolta 5D. I researched and researched DSLR's then went and "held" and tried a few different ones. I felt at the time that the KM 5D was the best one for me.. not to mention it was pretty affordable.

Soon after my purchase, Konica Minolta went out of the camera business and Sony took over. Sony came out with their first DSLR. I've had a few Sony products in the past and was happy with them, so I purchased the a100 in 2006. I should have waited. It's a nice camera but pretty much the same as the KM 5D.

I actually didn't purchase a camera in 2007.. lol

Then in 2008 I made the switch.... over to NIKON.. with the D300, which I LOVE.

I know, I'm getting like Dennis. He is a coworker and friend.. I guess there are worse things in life than being compared to Dennis. He's an awesome Photographer as is b.schlake (aka bawb), another coworker and friend. I hope one day to be as good as they are.

well anyway, Scott uses the Sony now and I use the KM 5D at work to take photos of the machinery. So, I am done buying cameras...for awhile...*G*

until the next post...

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