July 16, 2010

Things have been kind of crazy around here. There’s all the graduate school shenanigans going on, which thankfully seem to have worked out quite nicely, and then there’s this whole work-related mess that I’m in the middle of. But I’ll save all that drivel for another day.

Yesterday, Yara and I took a stroll through Washington Park accompanied by Cindy and her camera. Cindy would be the fabulous photographer whose handiwork includes a few of these shots of Yara and the rather fetching portrait that I used for my holiday card back in 2008. Given Yara’s looming retirement, I really wanted to get in another set of portraits with Cindy and/or Jean. Especially since Yara adores them both to no end and they’ve both been so awesome to us over the years. And while they are some of my personal favorite photos we’ve had taken in the last three years, I wanted to do something very different from the studio shots. So, long story short we walked all around the park and Cindy took a literal ton of candids of Yara and me. I promise to share them all as soon as Cindy hands them over. Probably sometime towards the end of next week. Sadly, Jean wasn’t able to join us as originally planned, but I think we’re going to try and get some photos of her with the two of us at some point in the near future.

Meanwhile, I actually got a new camera recently and have been attempting to figure out how to use all the new, complicated features. Mostly I’ve been playing, as is plainly evident if you’ve been checking out my Flickr account or the sidebar on this website. Or, well, have even a passing understanding of how I take photos in general! Yara, of course, is the main subject of these “tests” and she’s not exactly thrilled for photos on a good day so you can image how enthusiastic she’s been. Yesterday I played around with the timer burst and got some rather adorable shots of me pestering Yara, who was being a bit naughty and lounging on the sofa uninvited. Behold:

I’m still learning all the ins-and-outs of this new camera — it is far more sophisticated than either of the previous digital cameras I’ve had even though it’s classified as a point-and-shoot. Being totally colorblind doesn’t make me especially discerning to the color abnormalities some digital cameras suffer from either. Mostly I just need a camera with a good size screen and a nice zoom, which this one has in spades with a 3.0 inch screen, which is same as my last camera, and a 26x zoom. I have noticed that it tends to lean towards the bright side when taking photos, as opposed to my last camera which seemed to darken everything. It’s especially noticeable on the automatic setting and/or if it isn’t properly focused. For now, though, I haven’t any firm judgments.

Anyhoo, on a whole other subject, I put up a post a few days back attempting to visually showcase how the world looks through my eyes. Take a gander if you missed out. And I also think there’s some EDF news to share, but my puppy raiser contact and I are in the midst of some serious phone tag so what the particular news is and how much of it I can share is up in the air at this present moment.


  1. You two look absolutely adorable ^_^

  2. Yay, new cameras are always fun! The photos of you two are adorable.

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