Inger Spins a Fire Staff

Fire!

Holy cow, I am so sorry that I haven’t been posting much.  Things have been extremely busy on my end, so life got in the way of updating.  So, I have some down time right now, and you’re getting a badly needed blog post.

I recently attending a friends huge birthday bash that was outdoors and featured food, camping, libations, and games.  I was asked to bring hoops for people to try, and I did, but he also had another one of his friends, Inger, bring her fire flow toys.  I was fortunate enough to get a few shots of her spinning, responsibly I will add, with fire.  That’s her spinning a fire staff above.  She also did fire breathing, and spun fire poi, complete with glittery sparks!

Inger breathing fire!

 

More fire breathing!Fire staff in black and white.Sparkly fire poi!Sparkly fire poi, again!Shapes with fire

It was a great party!  I had a ball, and it was great getting some great shots of fire flow arts.

 

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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.

SputnikSputnik-Diana Lens-6128Sputnik-Diana Lens-6129

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.

Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE

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?

 

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!

Harry Gottlieb and his catch.

Surprise Cats

I absolutely love the photo of my great-grandfather Harry with his prize catch.  This photo was taken in Atlantic City.  The cat makes the photo, along with Harry’s huge smile while showing off his big fish.

I’m pretty sure Harry wasn’t expecting to compete with a cat for his dinner.

I don’t know why I decided to do a post themed “surprise cats.”  I guess, this photo reminded me of one that I took a while ago and was the first photo that I ever posted on Flickr.

"Kitten" by Jennifer L. Dixon

See the kitten in the middle?  I didn’t notice that before.  I just shot the candid people at the time.  Then I got my film developed.  Boom! Surprise cat!

 

 

 

Apurture Intervolameter from Amazon.

What’s an Intervalometer?

Yes, what IS an intervalometer?  I had never heard of one until I asked about an interesting situation I had during one gathering at the photography meetup I’m a member of.

Here’s how I learned about this funky piece of camera equipment.  I had just started hooping (which I encourage you take take a look at that blog), and wanted to take timed pictures at regular intervals for, say one minute, every fifteen second.  I had attempted to set this up with my Canon 7D, only to learn that I could take one shot per timer and had to reset every time I wanted a new exposure.  I needed a solution.

I presented my dilemma to Blake, a fellow photographer, at the photo meetup.  He suggested I purchase an intervalometer.  Eh?  I had never heard of it, and it was a mouthful to say, but I went to Amazon and did a search.  It turns out, there are quite a few on the market!

I decided to purchase the one above:  Apurture’s version of an intervalometer.  I read the specifications, it met my needs, and it would get to me quickly.  Neato!

I read the instructions that came with the intervalometer.  It acts a a remote shutter, a timer that would take photos at regular intervals (sweet), and would work great for time-lapse photos and a bunch of other stuff.  I was pleased with my purchase.

I decided to put my intervalometer to work during a trip to the woods, during which I had brought my hoops along.  I got some great shots!  Here’s my favorite I got using the regular timer interval shutter release, say I had it take photos for one minute at 15 second intervals.

Me hooping. Intervalometer demonstration.

I also set the intervalometer to take long exposure photos over a set amount of time that same day to take photos of me using an LED hoop.  Here’s one of the best below.

LED hoop long exposure photo. Intervalometer demonstration.

Next, I want to share a good one I took last year at French Creek State Park, Elverson, PA, USA.  When taking self portraits with an intervalometer, you have to mindful of when the shutter is going to release so you can pose yourself properly.

Me, hoop self portrait. Intervalometer demonstration.

Lastly, my intervalometer was a boon when it came to astrophotography during the same year in that same trip to the woods I took the first photos with.  I set it my camera to manual, the intervalometer to take one photo for a 3o second timed exposure.  For my first attempt at astrophotography, it’s not too bad!

Astrophotography. Intervalometer demonstration.

I hope I have shown you a few things you can learn from this handy piece of gear.  They usually range from $20 on up, depending on the features and compatibility you need.  Intervalometers are cool.  I’m so glad I spoke up at that meetup and asked about my dilemma.  Thanks, Blake!

 

 

 

 

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yeesh, I haven’t updated here in almost a month!  That’s bad.

I was recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with a group of friends who wanted authentic Philly cheese steaks and to see historical stuff.  And that’s what we did.  I also happened to have my camera with me, too.  Here are a few of my shots.  And that’s a view of Independence Hall above there.

Decor in Philadelphia's Little Italy

Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Chandelier in Independence Hall

View of the Liberty Bell

To see more of my photos from that excursion, head on over to my Flickr album to check them out.