April 20, 2014 “Beaster”

 

Because of our familes tight schedules, we cannot always gather for every birthday and holiday.  So in the Spring we combine a string of birthdays and Easter, and celebrate them on one day.  My sister’s son Camden dubbed it “Beaster”, and with all sorts of furry, four-legged beasts scurrying around, the name seemed appropriate.

With all of the dogs present, I took my Nikon D5000 and fired away.  So here are a few images of the beasts of Beaster.

The music for this page is “100% Fun” by Matthew Sweet (released in 1995). “Giving it Back” , “Sick of Myself” and “Smog Moon”  are my favorites.

 

APR_20_2014__001Nikon D7100 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.6 and a 1/160 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 300mm (APS-C).  IMAGE HEAVILY CROPPED.

First, two pre-Beaster images.  This is a Northern Flicker woodpecker (I had no clue what it was; I looked it up on the web).  Noteworthy here is this image was cropped significantly.  Even at 300mm, I had to photograph this from an open window inside my house.  These birds seem to be very skittish; they bolt if they see anyone.  I have been trying for 2 years to get a decent image of them.  This is the best I have been able to do.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__002Nikon D7100 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/9 and a 1/100 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 260mm (APS-C).

Nancy’s car next door.  It doesn’t have anything to do with Beaster, but the contrasting colors caught my eye.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__003Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/7.1 and a 1/800 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 70mm (APS-C).

With Beaster now underway, here is Max, doing his “Flying Nun” impression (albeit not airborne, but neither was Sally Field…really guys…she did not fly).  Almost all of these were taken in Program Mode.  Dogs in motion move too fast for Manual Mode.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__006Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/11 and a 1/200 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 24mm (APS-C).

This is Valentino, sneaking around a bush.  I used fill-flash for this shot which helped balance out the exposure.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__010aNikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/4.5 and a 1/60 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 46mm (APS-C).

Here is Lacie-Jane.  She is the mother of both Valentino and Lilly (who is coming up).

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__007Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/16 and a 1/200 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 18mm (APS-C).

Here is Max with his Devil Ball.  This shot is somewhat soft, but in this case, it conveys motion, which is what I wanted to show.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__012aNikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/4.5 and a 1/60 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 40mm (APS-C).

Here is Lilly, with John-Paul in the background.  Lilly is a very affectionate dog, and I felt the monochrome look portrayed that better than color.

 

 

 

APR_20_2014__015Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/4.5 and a 1/60 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 48mm (APS-C).

A painting in Mom’s office.  I found it image-worthy, so here it is.  Yes, I know it breaks with the theme of this page…so does Nancy’s car…it’s all art, right?

 

all images © Scott Woelm – April 2014