Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's been a while since Murphy made an appearance

When Rob and I started this blog, I used to do something I called "The Daily Murph" which was basically a photo of our lovable beast doing something cute or getting into trouble. Or both. Then when I actually bought a nice camera, he suddenly became the most anti-photo creature in the world. It wasn't that he didn't like the camera. Rather, he liked it too much. I think it might be the auto focus assist light. Whenever I'd take the camera out, he'd immediately start jumping and running around like a maniac. Have you ever tried to photography a running dog? In a house? It's not easy. But I do have a nice collection of blurry blob photos.

Anyway recently we've taken to bribing him with food. Here he is in the new office/spare bedroom, watching Rob eat some soup.

Click the pic for a larger and even cuter view

We're trying to teach him to put his ears forward (as seen here) whenever we say "ears forward!" (We're pretty clever with our commands, huh?) We think it's cute. If you teach a dog a trick, I believe that trick should either be useful (like having him bring you a beer or pop from the fridge) or cute.

These photos are also the first ones I've posted with my new lens. I just picked it up on Thursday. It's a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. It's a pretty big step for me because I shoot almost exclusively with fixed lenses. So far I'm really liking the convenience of the zoom lens.

The f2.8 lets me get targeted focus shots like this one. Murphy's only 3 years old, but he's already starting to get old-man-dog face.

Clyde still looks young and spry. I like this lens because it's easy to grab a photo of Clyde without getting in his face too much.

Unfortunately I've got a nasty cold and haven't been able to get outside and try this lens in natural light. But so far, I'm pretty impressed. Incidentally I am using flash for these photos. It's just too dark in this back room (with no overheard lighting and one measly table lamp). I've been embracing flash for the last couple weeks, and it's actually pretty empowering to not feel so limited by natural light.

I did NOT use flash on this photo of Embree. (It's nice that all the pets want to hang out with me in the office. Especially when I'm trying out a new lens. So many models at my fingertips.) So the photo colors are a little different. This is at ISO 6400, which is really high for me. (I usually keep it 200-400.) When using a high ISO, it's a little noisy (though I fixed some of that in Lightroom). The eyes are sharp enough, so I live with it.

I have to give a shout-out to the guy at the National Camera store in Maple Grove. He hooked me up with lens filters. I took home around $150 in filters for only $40. And they beat Amazon's price by $25 for the lens. Nice.

More pics with the new lens coming soon, I'm sure.


Laura, Lance, and Vito January 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

It's good to see the Murph! You're wrong about tricks only if they're cute or useful though!!! :)

KT @ KT's Refinishing School February 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM  


I think the flash might be the reason our cat Woods hates getting his picture taken so much too (not that I really blame him!)

He literally runs away when I get it out. Too bad I can't teach him to pose like Murphy :)

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