02 November 2008

new camera

I've been playing with the new camera for a couple of weekends now but I only just found the software (it was, um, in the box) and got some pictures downloaded onto the computer. Finally! Mostly the pictures following are of the cats and pretty colored leaves. I did not test the macro properties by taking a picture of Simone's snotty nose to share with you - the poor thing has a respiratory infection. Which means one of us has to take time off work to get her to the vet this week (totally kicking myself for not taking her yesterday.) She is all sneezy and sniffly, poor thing.



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Simone in happier times - posing with a slice of my pesto bread


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Pip's nursing face. Simone is no longer producing milk but he still suckles sometimes for comfort.

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Zoe hasn't died yet, as you can see. The only reason she let Pip get that close to her was because she didn't notice him. She fucking hates him!

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Inty sharpening her claws, not like they need it. I can really tell from this picture how much better the new camera is (it's an Olympus Evolt E-510. I'm not totally thrilled with everything about it but I'm still learning how to use it. Still, cameras can't replace eyeballs - I take a lot of shots that I think will be great because my brain is only paying attention to one thing, and then find that the picture inside the camera is a compositional mess. Also the camera isn't smart about depth perception and light balance the way my eyeballs are. So a lot of what I need to learn is the limitations of the tool, so I can drive it better.)

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Even the projects near our house get pretty light at certain times of the day.

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Cemetary near our house, where I often go for walks. A hobo lived there this summer but when I was there taking pictures recently, the hobo's hut seemed to have been demolished.

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I don't know what the religious meaning of this statue is, but I really like the round cheeks.

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Glorious reds.

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Rip Van Winkle

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Still jealous of the foot tattoos.

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Sometimes Somerville is so beautiful that it breaks my heart a little.

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I always sort of imagined that the thorny hedge outside of Sleeping Beauty's castle looked like this in the fall. I have no idea what this plant is but it's fairly common around here, and has evil sharp thorns. While I was taking pictures the plant totally tried to grab me. It probably wanted to drag me inside and scratch me to death so I could fertilize its roots or something.

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Scary Mary. You see why I love Somerville so much? Not only are there Madonnas in bathtubs outside every other house, but people decorate them with shrunken heads and cobwebs for Halloween. What's not to like about that?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

i like how the one statue is grabbing the other statues bewb!

and there is the protective pillow between pip and dodo so it are okay.

lots of things about somerville break my heart a little!

Anonymous said...

i like how the one statue is grabbing the other statues bewb!

and there is the protective pillow between pip and dodo so it are okay.

lots of things about somerville break my heart a little!

Anonymous said...

i like how the one statue is grabbing the other statues bewb!

and there is the protective pillow between pip and dodo so it are okay.

lots of things about somerville break my heart a little!

seppaku said...

FYI, regarding upper respiratory infections, it is said that they will resolve in 2 weeks under a veterinarian's care, or in 14 days otherwise. ;)

One of my bengals (Zigsa, RIP) had frequent URIs which were due to the feline herpes virus. Resulted in lots of sneezing and snot. My other bengal also has the herp, but in her eye. It waters a lot when she is stressed. I had to supplement their food with lysine.

But usually being viral, there isn't a whole heck of a lot you can do for URIs.

Nice pictures of the 'ville. At this time of year, I long for leaves that change color rather than my still-blooming rose bushes.

Cara deBeer said...

well, I feel slightly less guilty for not taking Simone, then. But it's been a few weeks now, so I'm glad Dave is taking her in to see the vet this afternoon - just in case it's something that antibiotics can resolve.

I think that might be a shoulder grab rather than a boob grab, but heh anyway.

There are a few still-blooming roses around - I noticed some on the bushes that surround the mary (she was un-decorated this weekend and I pass her house on the way to the bus stop.) but it's definitely cold and only going to get colder and shittier. I'm sure you don't miss February in the northeast at all.

Edie said...

Nice pictures! Pip is so cute :)

A bit late, but the vicious plant is a barberry. We have about 30m of hedge of this stuff around the corner of our property and I fucking hate it. The tip of the thorns break off into your skin if you barely touch the damn things.

Becky Malaria said...

Ooh, is that the quilt you made in the Zoe photo? I remember being so envious of that in high school.

Cara deBeer said...

Yup, same quilt. I think I'd forgotten that you admired it. I still love it and drag it out, though I need to open it up at the sides and put more quilting stuff inside since all the batting has shifted. That's a project I'll probably have time for in like 2020.

Edie, thank you! Yeah, barberry, that's it. I knew it was familiar. My mom also emailed to tell me it was a barberry and noted that the berries make good doll food. Hee.

Becky Malaria said...

I forgot about my lame Google pseud before posting, but it appears you have deduced my identity. I'll also attest that barberry makes good doll food.

Cara deBeer said...

I didn't want to out you, but yeah, I knew who it was. Heh.