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.

sunday ginger cats, part 2



All the cats hang in the kitchen nook, at some point during the day. That’s where all the food is located and where it’s prepared for their meals and treat times. The stroll in, run in, jump in, and once inside pick a spot to nap a bit before moving out to another spot around the house. But the center of their little universe is the kitchen. The source of nourishment and comfort for them, and for us.

What gets to me is DanĂ¯’s extra toes. I still can’t quite get used to that.