more from the menagerie

Today is a slow Sunday here in the manor. Sunny but just very cold, warmer than earlier in the week, but still cold to us, down into the upper fifties around here. So just about everyone, which includes the other human in the house and all the other four footers, are gathered in the T.V. room under and on top of blankets to nap. I’m in a different part of the house writing this, obviously.

The little snaps are of Annie the Doodle and Ruby the Lab. Annie shows her sleeping form, mostly on her back with all her legs pointing in four different directions. Even when she’s looking at you she’s on her head.

And then of course there’s sweet, sedate, mature Ruby, who would much rather present herself as a proper pup. She’s a sweet lab and she follows in the paw prints of every other Lab we’ve ever owned.

While Annie might be part Lab, Annie is a shock to the system compared to Ruby. A sweet shock in her own right, but Annie is definitely going through life down her very own trail.

All the photos were taken with the Pen F and Panasonic 30mm macro using the Pen F’s Mono 2 setting. Everything straight out of the camera with nothing more than a trim and my watermark.

first light with the pen f

My Ginger Luke at top followed by my Yellow Lab Ruby. Both were taken with the Pen F and the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 wide open. Mixed lighting (cloudy daylight due to rain at front, LED incandescent color temperature and LED bluer daylight) all around. The only post processing I did was to run the RAW file through Lightroom 6 and add my watermark in the lower left corner.

One nice feature of the Pen F is its fully articulating rear LCD. That allowed me to get down to their level, especially of Luke, where I bent down and then looked up slightly. The E-M5 also as a tilting LCD, but for these photos I was able to more finely tune my position more quickly. The nearly silent shutter didn’t bother them either. In the past Ruby would whip her head around on hearing the shutter, and Luke would jump down. Now I’m able to take my time composing with these kinds of subjects and get a number of exposures to make the final selection.