retrospective — morning has broken

Morning has Broken

I’m dipping back into my past Flickr photos and pulling one out to talk about it. This is the first of I don’t know how many, but there may be a few. I’m doing this because I got pulled into looking at my past work, and discovering that I still liked what I had produced 10 years ago.

This photo was taken December 2011 of a three-year-old Ruby on the left and her companion, eleven-year-old Max on the right. Max left us in 2015, after a long and robust fifteen years with us (he was rescued by us in January 2000, and he was already six months old at the time). The story behind this photo is that I had a very rough night and had crashed out on the old La-Z-Boy sofa in the TV room so I wouldn’t bother my wife. The Labs, of course, saw an opportunity to spend that night with one of their favorite persons, so they wound up sleeping right up there with me. When I got up in the morning, they stayed up on the sofa, picking spots comfortable to them. When I came back in there they both sat. Fortunately I had a camera close to hand to capture this moment.

I just like the composition. Both of them are exuding personality, especially Max. It reminds me how much I’ve missed him these past six years. Ruby is still with us, and she’s still my sweatie.

The camera used is the Olympus E-P2, with its ‘mere’ 12MP sensor, along with the m.Zuiko 2.8/17mm. This was during my ‘dark black-and-white’ period, where I was post-processing the hell out of everything because I thought it would look more artistic that way. The only saving grace is that I used a sepia tone which helped to bring up the highlights a bit and added a bit of texture to their coats.

pi day with cats and labs


Today is International Pi Day because it’s 3/14, or 3.14. Whatever. The household creatures say ‘big deal’ since they can’t have any pie. Or pi. Again, whatever.


Ruby is her usual quiet, contemplative self. She cares not for pi unless it it means she gets 3, or possibly 4, treats. She will have none of this fractional business, especially just a fraction of a treat.

Camera and Lens

I bring up that these photos were taken with my Panasonic GH4 and the Lumix 30mm macro. The GH4 is a mere 16mp camera, that when first released in 2014 was considered the bee’s knees. I’ve never used it for video, having fallen for the still imagery I can create with this hybrid camera. I purchased this copy four years ago, three years after its release, and some nine months after the release of the GH5 in March 2017. Panasonic still had a lot of copies in inventory, so Panasonic had a Christmas sale and marked the GH4 down over half, and I bit. I’ve never regretted that decision.