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Blog post by my cat

Hi I’m Snow Everest. Yesterday was my birthday. I’m 10 now! Six years ago, I almost died of a serious illness. I had two major surgeries and spent a whole month at the hospital. My weight plummeted from 12lbs to 5.3lbs, so you can just imagine how frail I was.

The Lord gave me another chance to live and so everyday is a special day for me. I thank God for giving me yet another year to live.

I am a healthy boy and I LOVE LIFE!

Yesterday, my mom followed me around most of the day to document the things I did to celebrate my birthday.

In the morning, after I had some drink from my mom’s hand, I waited to see if I can go out but Mom said it’s still muddy because of the rain a day ago so she didn’t let me out to the backyard.

Mom brushed my fur and cleaned my eyes to prepare me for picture taking. She said she wanted me to look handsome in my pictures.

Here I was just relaxing, having a good morning.

I wanted to see again if I could go out, so I asked Mom to come follow me and check outside.

I waited patiently.

Finally, Mom Let me out.  Thanks Mom. It’s nice when it’s your birthday, you get extra special treatment.

I immediately went to my recent favorite spot where Dad removed the grass. There was a puddle of water from rain. I drank some water and it tasted so fresh.

Next I headed for the hose cart.  I love the smell of rubber. Don’t ask me why, I just do.   I also love the feel of rubber on my fur.

After awhile, I got hungry, so I decided to go back in.  Here I was waiting for Mom to notice me by the door.   Sometimes, if no one is there to see me, I knock on the door, yes I know how.

First I ate the dry food, then the wet food. I usually do it in this order.

After eating, I groomed myself then took a nap.

I moved to the sofa to take more nap…

And more….

And more…

I woke up and groomed myself again….

And napped more…

And more….

You get the idea? This is my favorite thing to do. I never get tired of it.

Later, I followed Mom outside. The breeze was nice so I decided I could use a little more nap since I didn’t get enough yet. I love these chairs, I sleep here a lot on nice days.

I decided then to cool off on the tile inside.  I love sitting in corners of any room.

I went back outside.   While I was contemplating whether to get more nap or not, Mom asked me to go to the grass so she can take more photos of me.

Yup I was still sleepy.

The sun was already setting and my birthday was almost done.  I had a great relaxing day.

 

Thanks for sharing this special day with me.

– Everest

 

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward to the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
Og Mandino

 

 

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Photo Project Theme Week 18 – People Portraiture

A few months ago I had the privilege to shoot this beautiful young lady named Alex.    The first time I saw her, I knew right away that I want to photograph her.   When I approached her and asked if she would be interested in being photographed, she wasn’t really sure and told me that she’s not photogenic.  I assured her that I will make her look beautiful in her photos.

Before the shoot, I briefed her on the clothing and hair and makeup.   She told me that she would have her hair done for our shoot and that she will do her own makeup.  Great!

The day of the shoot came and she said she was nervous.  I told her to just relax.  Everything went well.   I did not have a hard time directing her at all.

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At the end of the shoot, I asked her what she thought of the experience.  She told me that she thought it was different.  She was expecting me to just leave her alone to pose however she wanted and the whole time just clicking away as she posed for me.  She said that she was photographed once before and the only time the photographer talked to her was at the beginning  and at the end of the shoot.  The whole time, she was just left with no direction at all on what to do.    So then I asked her which one she preferred and she said that she definitely preferred my style because I directed her.  She didn’t have to think about what pose to do and there was no awkward silence because the whole time, I was trying to make her work on the look I wanted.

The other thing she mentioned was that I didn’t take a lot of photos.   Yes!  that’s exactly what I wanted to do.    I didn’t want to keep taking photos of her and hope that a few of them will turn out good.  It had to be deliberate to make sure that I am getting what I had envisioned.  And the outcome was really favorable.

The first time I showed her her photos, she was blown away.   She didn’t think she looked that beautiful.   She said “I’m not used to seeing myself like this, I love them!   Thank you!”

I used to tell people that my least type of subject to shoot is people but that has changed.

It’s a wonderful feeling when the people you photograph truly appreciate your work.

Till next time.  Have fun shooting!

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Photo Project Theme Week 17 – Low on the Ground

Wow, it seems like a long time since I last updated my blog.  My computer was under repair for two long weeks so I didn’t have access to the photos that I want to use for this post.  I really should have been backing up on the cloud.

This week’s theme is “Low On The Ground”, so I decided to give some tips on taking pet photos.  I am a proud pet mom of one dog and three cats.

When taking photos of pets, you can take it in different perspectives but my favorite is when I get down really low on the ground.  I love it when they are looking at you eye to eye at their level.  Here are some examples.

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When I photograph my pets in the backyard, I prefer to use a zoom lens, usually 200mm.  I usually am either laying down on the ground waiting for some action to happen.  With a zoom lens, I have plenty of time to take shots  before my pets get really close to me as they love to be right in front of the lens.  Also, I get a really nice bokeh or blurred background.

Inside the house,  I oftentimes use a 35mm f/1.8 lens because I can get in more light.  If you have a pet who is shy or maybe scared of big long lenses, a fast prime would probably be your best bet.  You can get your shots quickly before your pet runs away.

Don’t be afraid to get dirty – get low on the ground!

How about you?  What’s your favorite perspective when you are photographing pets?

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Photo Project Theme Week 8 – One Light

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your thanksgiving celebration was great!

This week’s 3P52 theme is entitled “One Light”.  For this photo, I used a bare flash that I bounced on the floor and a little bit on the wall.   My cat was patient enough to model for me.  This photo was taken towards the end of our session when he was getting tired of me following him with my camera.

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Next week, the theme is crumpled.  See you then.

 

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