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.

the girls demand equal time

Regal Ruby

Once the girls saw the boys on the blog, they immediately let out howls of protest (after all, they are hounds). So I set about gathering a few flattering poses from the girls. Here they all are.

Demure Annie
Bored Annie
Poor poor pitiful me

Annie is a Doodle. Being a Doodle puts her in a class all her own. I think of her as my own personal Muppet.

Everything taken with the Pen F and 1.4/25mm.