Fun with Felines

I am really enjoying my new camera. I didn’t realize how much I have missed shooting photographs. I had a ball. Our other 2 feline fur-babies were my subjects today.

Let me introduce you to Maximus Leonidas and Yoda.

Max was my birthday present in 2013. I named him Maximus Leonidas specifically for the meaning behind the name–the Great Lion. He is anything but. He’s long and thin, and is fairly skittish. He’s probably the most gentle and quiet cat I have ever had. He can also be a bit of a brat, sometimes taking after his step-brother Yoda, who is an instigator and a bit of a trouble maker with our other two felines.

Yoda was named by my husband who, at first sight of him, said that he had a green tinge to his fur. Not only that, but when you scratch him in just the right spot on his head he flattens his ears out to the side; similar to the way Yoda from Star Wars ears appear.

In my first attempt at photographing Max, he started nuzzling the camera lens which made me laugh. He doesn’t often show affection so it was a cute surprise. Yoda also tried to “nose boop” the lens and fogged it up in one of the photos.

 

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Photos taken with Pentax K-50

Cat Nap

A day in the life of your average kitty cat…

They say felines sleep on average, 18 hours a day. I have never counted the hours any of our felines have slept during a day. I have, however, enjoyed watching them sleep peacefully.

Meet Bear, my family’s Tuxedo Tabby.

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Photos taken with Pentax K-50  f/5.6  1/80 sec.  ISO 1600

I love the little 2-tone pads on his feet–pink & grey.

My New Baby

If you’re one of my usual readers you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time. I was taking some time off from things trying to get my life to calm down. I had been having a rough time and my mind just wouldn’t shut up. Yeah, Mr. Negative was rearing his ugly head again. That happens sometimes, but never usually for as long as this was. Usually I’m back to my normal self within a few days, but this time I just couldn’t shake it off. And the holidays only added on to the stress. It wasn’t until January when I finally snapped out of it.

Depression is no stranger to me. After all I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression during my previous marriage. I haven’t been on medication for it in years, as symptoms were few and far between shortly after I ended the relationship. I wonder, occasionally, if I should still be on them…

Anyway, enough about that. Onto something more enjoyable…

I used to own a (SLR) Pentax K-1000 with an f2/55mm lens and a 200mm zoom, but after so many years of use something was messed up inside the viewfinder. It looked like it might have had a crack or something, or maybe needed a cleaning, but I couldn’t afford it. A few other things happened and I ended up getting rid of it. (June 1993 to April 2012) That was a sad day for me. I had participated and won competitions and taken hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures with it.

Ever since getting rid of my camera I have wanted to replace it, we just never had the money. Or when we did have the money, something else came up. I had nearly given up the hope of ever getting another camera. But then… Comes the Light*.

For the past few months I have really been enjoying seeing and reading about all-things photography. It had been a passion of mine during my last couple years of high school.
I follow several Photography pages on social media, including blogs here on WP. I had started my own Photography page back in 2014.  At the time I only had use of the camera on my smartphone and a Point-and-Shoot digital camera. And after having owned a 35mm (film) camera, I was just not happy with the results. With that said, I got better results with my cell phone than the Kodak point-and-shoot, which I have now passed on to my kids.

Why am I passing down my digital?

First, my kids have wanted a camera ever since the first time they saw me use a camera. Second, I am hoping that they will enjoy and maybe want to learn more about photography, even if only as a hobby.
And last, but certainly not least, I was finally able to replace my beloved camera… and upgraded to boot.

I am now the proud owner of a Digital SLR! There is a lot to learn. There are many buttons and features on it, but I will get the hang of it.

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Pentax K-50 kit, camera bag, remote, & memory card.

Please excuse the quality and the background. The photo was taken with my LG G Stylo phone.

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Here are a few photos I’ve taken recently while learning about my new baby.

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Photos taken with Pentax K-50

Animals, Nature, Landscapes, and Still Life are my favorite subjects to photograph.

*Comes the Light–is a nickname given me by my late grandfather S.A.M. It goes well with my first name: Dawn.
Photography — the “art of light”.