Some awesome fan art by @teaformanatee. There's a cool time lapse video on her page of the making of this if you want to check it out ;)
One of my tricks for using manual focus is focusing "focus trapping". That's leaving the focus set to a point and taking the picture when the subject crosses the focal plane. For this I'm using the distance of the leash. You can see my shadow in the tractor I'm holding the camera and leash in the same hand. I have focus set to the same distance as the leash. So as long as the leash doesn't have slack in it Pouncey will always be in focus. Taken with Sigma 24mm Super Wide II
Thought I'd share a few pics I found and never posted from this summer. In these shots I was testing out a vintage film lens the Sigma 24mm F2.8 Super Wide II. This lens is unique for it's near macro focusing abilities of 1:4 giving it a unique wide angle macro perspective. I found the lens to be very sharp but with weird colors. I'll post a few taken with lens. What do you guys think of the different colors and rendering?
Haha I was just looking at old pics. Why did I never post this gem? #imisssummer
Photo from @puppykittynycty, they're the ones behind the saving of 70 cats from the hoarder situation. They reimbursed me for travel expenses for transporting the cats from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. The money they used was from gratuitous donations given to them to help the cats. There's still more work that needs done and they could use the money. If you can please donate to @puppykittynycty to help out in this sad situation. There's a link in their bio and I put it in mine as well. Thanks everyone rescue efforts like this rely on donations from you and wouldn't be possible without your support.
Andrew and Grendel: This was taken using my vintage Minolta 58mm film lens from 1973. In our live feed the question of natural light vs flash came up. Both Andrew and I use flash but I still like using natural light too. This photo is a good example of using both. I wanted flash for Andrew and Grendel but I wanted the natural light in the background, I also want a low ISO. So I used flash on Andrew but to get the background exposure and still keep ISO100 I used a long exposure of 1/13 of a second. Shutter speed doesn't effect exposure of flash but it does with ambient light. 1/13 of a second is much to slow to stop motion of something living or even stop motion from camera shake. I was able to stop the motion without a tripod by using the flash. The duration of modern speedlight flashes is much faster than the shutter speed in the camera so the motion of Andrew is frozen. The background would have some motion blur but because it's out of focus it isn't something you can actually see. #SonyA7rii #Minolta58mm 1/13, F1.2, ISO100
Almost 900 miles of driving but I'm back home and the cats made it safety to their forever home. I was just a delivery boy for this the real heroes are the community on IG and FB. I don't know all the particulars of the situation or who was all involved. But a hoarder in New Jersey passed away leaving 70 cats behind. It seems like a lot of people on social media pulled together to help find homes for the cats and make sure they're all healthy, spayed and neutered and apparently well feed. I might have to figure out who was involved to thank them in a post. There was a lot food I delivered with the cats and I don't know where it even came from. It's heartwarming knowing so many people pulled together to help these cats.
Hey guys just got to Philadelphia and I'm going to crash with @iamthegreatwent tonight. This is Grendel not Pouncey;) We're going to attempt a photography live feed in 30 minutes (8:30pm est) on @iamthegreatwent' live feed so check it out.
Remember Moby Dick, my impossible to catch white whale of the barn cats? (See #mobydickcatbarncat) Well... "Here's Johnny" (renamed) video by @l8dyg0diva at his forever home. I'm on my way to Philadelphia now for another cat rescue mission wish me luck;) #adoptdontshop
So I got myself a Christmas present. It's a new lens...well new to me anyways. It's actually from 1973 a Minolta Rokkor 58mm F1.2. It's not going to be razor sharp or have great color/contrast like even the least expensive modern lenses. But this lens is legendary for one thing, it's #Bokeh. In photography bokeh is the term used to describe the quality of the rendering in out of focus areas. It's often mistaken for the amount of out of focus areas or the shallow depth of field. That's a function aperture, focal length, distance from subject and arguably sensor size. Bokeh is how pleasing, less distracting or unique the rendering is. It's subjective and open to opinion. The Minolta 58mm F1.2 is regarded as having one of if not thee smoothest/softest bokeh of any lens ever made. We'll see how it does for Pouncey pics. Maybe good maybe bad I don't know yet. Generally a lens like this is good for portrait where you don't want a lot of detail, I do like details in my photos. However I think the bokeh may have a greater impact than the fine details you can't even see on IG. #minolta58mm
Merry Christmas everyone. Saw these festive milk jugs with candles inside lighting the way home. Just had to get a pic.
After seeing the @kittymansions I started thinking I should have kept it. But really Pouncey has his pick of cat trees.
Why didn't someone call me and remind me it's #tacotonguetuesday?
The winner of the @kittymansions Redwood cat tree is @xacrox. To pick the winner I just used a random number generator app. There was 644 comments, out of 1-644 the app picked 81 and @xacrox was the 81st comment. Thanks to everyone that entered the turnout was great!
How about this throwback. Back before I was on Instagram. I don't think it's ever been posted. Anyways I had just built this tree for Pouncey. It was nothing like the one from Kitty Mansions. No instructions just a low res photo to go off of from Amazon. It was needlessly frustrating to build. Then things started falling apart first that post in the middle it didn't last long. I tried glue and screws but that didn't last. Then really all the joints started sagging. The materials where nice and soft but nothing like the Kitty Mansion, that are truly a pleasure to touch. I've only had these two experience with cat trees and I must say the Kitty Mansion is on another level of build quality. This one was a waste of money.
Happy #Caturday everyone! It's giveaway time. Here's your chance to win a "Redwood" cat tree from @kittymansions same as the one in the photo. Rules are simple.
1. Follow @kittymansions .
2. Comment below and tag 3 people.
I'll randomly pick a winner from the comments below on Monday. US residents only. Good Luck!
I was able to talk Pouncey into braving the cold. It only lasted a few minutes. 2014 Pouncey wouldn't have cared about the cold, 2016 Pouncey feels differently.
It's been really cold here lately. In this picture Pouncey wanted outside so I opened the door. As soon as the cold hit him he jumped back inside and hid under the table and gave me this look.
I almost got the tree built without instructions or a reference photo. I got stumped on the what the pieces for the ladder went to. I had to give in and and take a quick peak at the instructions. So the @kittymansions was easy to build and everything needed was included. Photo of @theminniekitty
I was contacted by @kittymansions to see if I would be interested in a cat tree for Pouncey. But Pouncey doesn't really need a cat tree. So I decided to give it away to someone that could use it more. So I found @theminniekitty and they didn't live to far from me so I took it down, set it up, and got some pictures. @kittymansions was also nice enough to let me do a giveaway with another tree. So stay tuned the tree in the giveaway will be the same tree as in the pictures, the "Redwood".