no april fooling around today

I have no patience for April Fools jokes. I’ve never heard any that were funny. Not one. Instead, for me this was just another first day of another month, this one still in the pandemic. Rather than dwell on that, I’d rather present a few of my creatures for your enjoyment.

Annie looking right
Danï napping with Luke
Danï grooms Zoë
One-eyed Ginger

I used the Olympus Pen F with the Panasonic Leica 1.4/25mm first generation on three of the four photos. I’ll let you figure out which ones. I have learned that the sweet spot to use the 25mm is f/2, not wide open at f/1.4. Plenty of light gathering, enough depth of field, yet reasonably out-of-focus backgrounds.

some household creatures in black and white


I’m back into that black-and-white kind of photography mode. I’m practicing again, trying to hit the mid-tones and smooth transitions, avoiding the crazy contrast I’m prone to with digital photography. I tried to preserve the way the light plays across Ruby’s coat. I’ve got all this photography gear and cameras on my iPhone, and I seldom use any of them any more. I need to start using them. And ignoring the “influencers” who would have me trash all my gear just to acquire the latest Canon/Nikon/Fuji/Whatever…

And of course all the little ones are more than willing to have me take their photos.

I like my black-and-white photos as light as reasonably possible, with a few dark-to-black areas in the composition to add interest to the photography. That was what I was after with Luke’s photo above. His handsome head is separated from the background due to it’s being lighter than the back of the chair he was sitting in, and then right in the middle of his face his irises are small yet distinctively jet black.

Both photos were taken with a vintage Panasonic Lumix GH4 and a Lumix 30mm macro.