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Dundee Stu


22 March 2005

Oh the excitement. This morning I received one of the lenses that I bought on Ebay at the weekend, and I have been desperate to give it an outing. Unfortunately, however, the elements conspired against me, what with Dundee being dull, overcast and misty all day. Not to worry, though, the new lens is a macro zoom, so I can take my favourite type of shots without having to actually get up close and personal - at 200mm, that translates to 300mm on the D70 - so I should be able to shoot macros from the comfort of the sofa! As you see, I took some shots of Mizzie - she was in the living room and I was at the Post Office - she wouldn't sit still. She is a cat, afterall, and she has to preen herself for the camera - I just thought that I'd catch her off guard before she assumed cat pose position. Technically quite a poor picture, I know. I should have used a tripod and Mizzie should have posed nicely, but, all these slight niggles aside, I find that I really, really like this picture - she looks like a duster! My good friend Gavin came round to see me, and we sat in the house blethering and looking at various people's photos (oh, Jude... you really shouldn't be swinging heavy cameras about - especially if they are not yours to break! You'll have a big lump there!) and generally blethering about this and that. I think that I may have worn him down about the little Tokina f/2.8 28mm lens that I like so much - he has agreed to let me keep it if I win the Ebay auction for the Tokina 28-55mm lens (I already got one - but I was bidding on another at the same time, and it looks as if I'm going to get it as well). We'll see, we'll see. Oh! Many of you asked the other day if the old phone that Mizzie was sitting beside was a working model. Well, yes it is - it works perfectly, and has a very loud bell. We rarely use it though, because we have one of those wireless ones that work up to 100m from the base station - and the old bakelite handset on the 300-type is very, very heavy. Perhaps tomorrow I will demonstrate one of the 300-type's technological innovations: it could store numbers!

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Carmen29-Mar-2005 16:07
I really kind of like this as well -- and not just because 9 out of 10 times I come up with a blur when trying to take a picture of the cat. There's an interesting quality to this, that captures the motion without being blurry -- if that makes any sense...
Wenche Aune23-Mar-2005 22:12
Very nice.
John Finlayson23-Mar-2005 21:16
Nice effect Stu, sometimes the technically poor shots work out best, we tend to get obsessed with technical quality, hmm could have saved a fortune on kit if I figured this out sooner !
Bill Miller23-Mar-2005 20:27
Store numbers ! I can't do that on my mobile. Nice close-up pussy, if you know what I mean...
Dominic Kite23-Mar-2005 18:06
Careful with the Bakelite - we've just found out it contains asbestos here! But I digress. I really like this, fuzzy or not, I think it must be the suggestion of how soft her fur is. Good luck with that auction.
Robin Reid23-Mar-2005 07:27
Tender ... interesting treatment. Congrats on that lens!
Gayle P. Clement23-Mar-2005 06:39
Very soft and cuddly looking.
Elaine (etfitz)23-Mar-2005 01:52
I like the soft blur!
Guest 23-Mar-2005 00:15
Looks deep in thought?!?
markvm22-Mar-2005 23:55
I love the softness of this image!
Guest 22-Mar-2005 23:29
cute fluffball.
David Clunas22-Mar-2005 23:13
looks like she is blowing out a fur ball :) strange but nice shot.
jude22-Mar-2005 22:57
My forehead's healed nicely, thank you. It's not my fault the Nikon is much heavier than the Rebel! And that I'm clumsy! and.. um.. well..

I love this soft kittty pic too.. makes me wanna cuddle
Guest 22-Mar-2005 22:55
Intentional blur works for me!
Guest 22-Mar-2005 22:18
Nice feel to this, blow all the technical stuff.
Guest 22-Mar-2005 21:57
Mizzie is busy!!
Guest 22-Mar-2005 21:49
Photography from the sofa, that's a good concept for PaD ;)
Johan Toll22-Mar-2005 21:47
Very nice :)
Zak22-Mar-2005 21:33
you can sit and take photos from the car now! ;-)
Coleen Perilloux Landry22-Mar-2005 21:20
A cat's motto is "when in doubt,wash". I like Mizzie.
northstar3722-Mar-2005 21:04
the fluffiness
Lee Rudd22-Mar-2005 20:55
models, eh? you just cant trust them... wait for a photo then they start washing themselves! Nice cat-licky picture
Susanne22-Mar-2005 20:53
LOL Laine. I like fuzzy kitties. I thought your picture was bad. You lied to Simon, shame on you ;)
Guest 22-Mar-2005 20:52
Its the thought that counts, fuzzy mizzie!
laine8222-Mar-2005 20:50
I love fuzzy Mizzie, afterall that's what she is. Poor Gavin...he caved just to shut you up huh ?? I suppose your one of those kids who keeps asking " ARE WE THERE YET ? " hehehe.