Cosplayers at Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA, USA.

Zenkaikon 2017

Every year Lancaster, PA, USA experiences a strange, but very cool, invasion.  If you see people in cosplay wandering around downtown, in must be Zenkaikon.  The convention, which ran from April 28-30, 2017, brings in a lot of people in costume, and features events in anime’, science fiction, and Japanese culture.

I happened to have my camera at work for a, well, work reasons, and had left it locked in the office.  I was glad I did, because on the opening Friday of the convention, I got to take a few photos of some of the attendees arriving, like the one above.  Here are a few more.

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I have more photos over on my Flickr photo stream in an album.

Perhaps next year I’ll get more photos of the fun, and it looked like people were have a great time.  I am also impressed with all the work people put into their costumes.  Well done, cosplayers!  I hope you had a great Zenkaikon!

Flowering trees in Ephrata, PA

A Good Friday Stroll

First off, I apologize for not updating here more regularly.  Truth is, I was really burned out from blogging.  I maintain a few of them, and it was starting to wear on me, but I’m back and ready to post.

Good Friday was a lovely day here where I live.  My husband Sam and I took Sputnik out for a walk.  I didn’t take may, but I got a few nice photos on my phone during out stroll, including one funny one.

A ducks' nest in a tree in Ephrata, PA
See the eggs toward the top? A pair of ducks made their nest in this tree which grows over the Cocalico Creek in Ephrata, PA.

And poor Sputnik was caught in the act while I was trying photograph this lovely bush.  Yes, we do clean up after our dog.

You had to pick this time to go, didn't you, Sputnik?

 

Sputnik, taken with a Diana F+ lens for a Canon DSLR

National Puppy Day

It’s National Puppy Day!  I was informed by a coworker that’s what today is, and since I have a puppy, I thought I’d celebrate here by posting a few new photos of him.  National Puppy Day is a day to celebrate puppies, and to encourage people to adopt dogs and puppies from rescues and shelters.  We got Sputnik from a rescue and he’s still a puppy at nine months old ( and over 70 pounds).  It’s great time to share these photos!

Now, you may notice the photo above has a blurry, dreamy effect to it.  That’s because I used a Diana F+ lens on a special camera mount made for Canon DSLR’s.  I haven’t used it in a long time, so I figured it’d be fun to experiment with it, taking photos of Sputnik.

Since you have to shoot your photos this way in Manual mode, you need lots of light and a subject that stays still.  I had neither, but I managed to get a few good photos.

Here’s a few more.

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I have a few more in a Flickr album, if you’re interested.

Have a great National Puppy Day!  Hug your puppy, even grown up puppies.  I know I will be.

 

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA

Views from the Delaware Shore

I was recently in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, two beautiful spots along the Delaware shore.  Some college friends and I had a small place to stay for a long weekend, and it was fantastic.

I did get some nice photos of the trip, too.  I didn’t bring my Canon 7D, but rather my Canon point and shoot, a Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.  It’s an older model, but it has a great optical zoom.  I also used my iPhone 6s for a few shots, too.

I’ll share a few of my favorite shots here, but to see the rest, head on over to my Flickr album of all the photos, and take a look at them.  In the meantime, take a look at my favorites.

Sun on the ocean

Canal in Lewes, Delaware, USA

Detail on a purple house in Lewes, Delaware, USA.

Oh, what the heck. here’s the embedded Flickr album.

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Sam walking Sputnik.

Dog on a Walk

Even after moving back in July, I’m still going through boxes.  I had unpacked my Holga 120  CFN.  This past Saturday I serenidipitously found a roll of 120 film in one of our boxes.  I loaded it into my Holga as Sam was getting Sputnik ready for a walk.  The Holga came along.

The top photo there is Sam walking Sputnik, who is happily sniffing along the rail trail near out home.  We like walking that trail, dog included!

Here are a few more from the roll.

Sputnik in front of a mural.

Double dog exposure!!Heeling before crossing the street.

I have a few more in my album over on Flickr.  Why not head over there and take a look at them?

 

Model: Erin Lebo

Mascherata Event At Omni Lens Studios

Omni Lens Studios held one of their fantastic events on January 28, 2017 featuring Mascherata, which is Italian for masquerade. Most of the models there did masquerade type outfit, and they were all wonderful, such as Erin Lebo in the top photo here. I got a lot of great shots.  It was hard to choose, but here are some of my favorites from the day.

Model: Samantha Leigh Fern
Samantha Leigh Fern

 

Model: Dani Nichole Ensor
Dani Nichole Ensor

 

Model: Ashley Stone
Ashley Stone

 

Like I said, these are only a small portion of what I got.  Look for all of my shots when I upload them to my online portfolio.  I haven’t had a chance to do that, yet, but all my editing is done.

Thank you to all the models, and Chad and Carole at Omni Lens Studios for a great event!

Ice carving of a beta fish at the Reading Fire + Ice Fest in Reading, PA, USA

Testing Out my New Smartphone Camera

I recently upgraded my old smartphone to a new one, an iPhone 6s Plus.  I wanted a bigger phone, and my husband and I usually stick with Apple phones, usually a model behind the most recent one. I know, my phone has been out a while, but it’s new to me.

On January 14, 2017, Joan and I went to the Reading Fire and Ice Fest in Reading, PA, USA.  It’s the third year in a row we’ve gone, and that’s how many years the festival has been happening.

Ah, but this year I didn’t take my DSLR.  Nope.  It was drizzling outside, and I don’t like to take my good camera out in the rain, but I figured my phone would be a decent proxy if I wanted to take some photos, like I did, of the beta fish ice carving above.

The camera in the iPhone 6s Plus is decent.  You can do those live photos now.  I tend to turn them into GIFs, like this one of my dog getting his belly rubbed.  Sputnik's belly rub face

Ok, back to the fest.  Here are two more photos from the fest that I took.

Ice carving at the Reading Fire and Ice Fest 2017

 

Angel fish ice carving from the Reading Fire and Ice Fest 2017

Huh, I just realized that all three photos that I chose to feature here are carvings of fish.  I can be so thick sometimes.

I also popped these three photos into Lightroom to see what results I could do to jazz them up.

 

That’s basically the ice aspect of the fest.  As for the fire, here are a few that I captured on my phone.  You can see more of the fire photos over on my hooping blog.

As usual, it’s hard to capture frozen motion in low light on a smartphone camera.  At least my model of the iPhone isn’t immune to that.  I believe the iPhone 7 does better.

The iPhone 6s Plus has the usual decent iPhone camera.  It’s good in a lot of situations.  It’ll do.

Sputnik in all his handsomeness.

Sputnik the Photogenic Pyrador

I would like to introduce everyone to a our new dog, Sputnik!  He’s a Great Pyrenees/Labrador mix, hence a “pyrador,” and is six months old.  Sputnik is going to be a BIG boy.

My husband and I got him from LaMancha Animal Rescue in Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, not far from Coatesville.

LaMancha is a beautiful rescue facility!  They are a working farm with chickens, cows, horses, and, of course, dogs in clean kennels and cats in a special house to adopt.

Sputnik’s story is that he came from Alabama, USA, where he was a stray.  LaMancha transported him here, called him Zeus, and he was barely there a week until Sam and I snatched him up.

We were going to LaMancha to see two other dogs and didnt’ know about Sputnik until we got there.  When we arrived, we were told that the one had been adopted, and the other one we walked for a little bit, and he seemed frightened.  Not a match.  We asked about the other dogs there, and were told about Zeus.  We walked him on a trail on the farm (all the dogs get walks there), and were treated to kissed, hugs, and was known as the Pyr Lean.  Great Pyrenees will lean into you really hard you pet them.

We had our dog.

Sputnik was put into the back seat of my car, and I was treated to hugs and kisses on the way home as I was sitting back there with him.  Here’s a video of me introducing him.

I have never had a dog look so nicely at the camera for me.  I think it was the shutter clicking when I would take an exposure.  Still, I’ll take it!  He poses well for the camera!  Here are a few other shots that i took of my handsome guy.

Sputnik and his whale

Sputnik and his whale

Sputnik looking at the camera.

I already have pictures of him over on Instagram.  Here are a few good ones.

That ear. #dogsofinstagram #pyrador

A photo posted by jennabee25 (@jennabee25) on Dec 11, 2016 at 5:19pm PST

I look crazy, and Sputnik looks dopey. #pyrador #dogsofinstagtam #selfie #selfiewithdog

A photo posted by jennabee25 (@jennabee25) on Dec 12, 2016 at 5:21pm PST

 

So, that’s been my photographic journey with Sputnik over the past four days he’s been with us.  Much more to come, believe me!