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Tickles the cat.


Canon G3/manual/RAW/natural lighting

Heidi is here with us now; she’s hacking and coughing but still going to the Smokies with us; she’s a trooper. We leave in the morning. I’ve just finished an assignment (at 1:30 a.m.) and just want to shower and collapse. Unfortunately, I’ll have to take my laptop with me and complete several assignments overlooking the mountains on the cabin deck. Lovely.

I’ve purchased our Ripley’s Believe It or Not oddities museum and Aquarium tickets and have printed them out; they’re tucked away snugly in my purse. Josh says we’re both “overpreparers”. I can’t disgree- we spend more time preparing for a trip than we do actually on a trip. Brianna won’t be able to come along because she has to work.

It’s way past my bedtime.
Next time I write, I’ll be in the mountains. I hope the sunrise out on the deck with be misty and majestic. I’m craving coffee just thinking about it. Man I’m getting old…

13 responses

  1. Very good lighting. Have a good trip.

    September 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

  2. shreyapunj

    Oo, you’re going to that cabin! ENJOY!
    And yet again, your photography leaves me IMPRESSED. What do manual and RAW mean?
    Have lots of fun.

    September 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Yes, we leave in about an hour! RAW is a camera setting that allows you to edit your pics without losing any data or quality. See, when you shoot in JPEG (.jpg) the camera is compressing the data so that there is a loss in its original quality. RAW mode preserves that, giving you crisper, richer (in detail) pics. Not all cameras have RAW mode, for but all of the photographers I know, we all must have RAW- we don’t want to sacrifice the quality. And manual simply means, choosing my own aperture (f/stop), shutter speed and ISO settings. It is those three things, the AP (aperture), sh. sp. (shutter speed), and ISO that gives you ultimate control over the lighting and exposure in your images. Picture them being a triangle- they all 3 work in tandem. Every scene is different in lighting, right? So then, every scene should be manually adjusted so that the scene is “painted with light”- not merely snapped, etc. Most cameras have a “P” mode, which means “program” (or “automatic”) which means the camera selects these settings for you. (The end result is often flat, dull, pics, that lack any dynamic lighting.) But if you want deeper, richer, more dramatic lighting- you should always choose your own exposure adjustments (this “triangle” I mentioned) so if your camera has an “M” setting, select that (it stands for “manual”) -that will give you the most control with your lighting. I never use a flash either- ewww.. I think natural lighting is so much more beautiful.

      Anyway, hope that I was able to explain a few things! xo

      September 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

  3. LOVE LOVE the Mountains! And, having early morning coffee in the mountains…

    Have a wonderful time!

    P.S. The photo of Tickles the Cat is AMAZING! 🙂

    September 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • I’ll be sure to tell Tickles you said so…heheh.. yeah, my daughter, heidi, and I are planning on waking up early right at sunset, when the mountains are enshrouded in fog and the sky is hinting at its daily palette, and meditating together. Great way to start our days. :0) Thanks for coming by, Amy- always a pleasure, totally. 🙂

      September 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

  4. Awww look at those eyes. Kind faced-kitty!

    September 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  5. Your cat photo has the quality of a real portrait and the lighting certainly contributes. Preparing and anticipating a trip is part of the fun…have a great time at the cabin!

    September 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

    • Thanks, Al. its title is actually “Portrait of a Cat”- I blended an antiquated canvas texture into the photo in Photoshop (using layers and blending modes, etc.) so that it would have more of a portraiture quality. Thanks for checking it out and leaving your feedback. 🙂 We’re in the mountains now and WOW- no words can describe the view!

      September 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  6. I may have missed it but what happened to your cat that was struggling with Aides? Is he still hanging in there ❤ Love the photo of tickles!

    September 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    • Hey Jen! Yeah, Carl is still with us, but unfortunately, he has to be put to sleep soon. He’s just too emaciated and stares off in a daze much of the time. He still eats voraciously! But Brianna has made the executive decision that he shouldn’t have to live this way, and I’m proud of her for being strong enough to do that.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  7. that is real strength. I don’t think I even have that kind of strength. I applaud her for putting anothers life and feelings before her own ❤

    September 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm


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