November 30, 2012

New Camera - Nikon 1 V1

I did not get many good pictures, I should have read the instructions :-)  I like this though. Blanca and Rollo.
I bought the camera because of its speed. It focuses fast, it handles fast, but alas, one has to get all the settings correct first.  I like the colour it produces. 
Tip: if anyone is interested in this line of cameras, now is a good time to buy.  I would not have bought this camera except that I got a great price.  I paid $350, normally it was listed at $900.  They have introduced a new version, the V2, plus I do not think they have been flying off the shelf.  I have been looking at it since it was introduced, but the price was too high. It is a good deal at $350.  It is small enough to walk about with on a regular basis.

 I got some great still photos.  Kay's gang here, with my Nina Blanca.  That is Rollo on the left, Selkie with the exhausted look, Blanca, and Bally.  I like Bally.  She is very similar in personality to my boy Chocolate.  Actually, I like all of these dog A LOT.  Rollo is a mix.  Selkie and Bally are Aussies.

November 26, 2012

Wet Dogs

This was taken Sunday morning when the snow was really really wet.  It was like walking in the rain.  Me, my coat, my camera, and my dogs got soaked.  But it was fun.  They love the snow and the cold, at least until it gets so cold it sticks between their toes.  But that was not the case this day.

 Chocolate does not mind the wet at all.  Blanca does not like it, she will not go out of the house if it is raining.  Choco acts like he does not notice a thing.  Unfortunately I did not get any good photos of the little man Finnegan.  He never stops this long like these two do.  As soon as I point the camera at him he comes running to me.
We all had fun.

We Drank Too Much Coffee Ken

One of the advantages of a small compact camera, depth of field. Taken with a Canon S90. This is the best photograph I have ever gotten of Blanca's eyes.  Ha! her nose too, come to think of it.  This was about a week ago. Click on it, it will get bigger.

November 25, 2012

Big, Wet, Snow

We had a nice snow this morning. 
Blanca thinks we cannot see her, she is waiting to ambush Chocolate.
We met and walked with Kiva, Mimi and Paul.  I got some good pictures of Kiva, I will work on them now and try to get them up today.

A great photograph of Kiva.  Love it.  Kiva and Finnigan really hit it off today and played rambunctiously.  Thanks Kiva, we need to get Finn all the exercise we can.
I should point out that these are two different white Australian Shepherds. Notice the noses.  Blanca is on top, Kiva in the bottom photo.
I took my big camera out with me today because of the snow, so I was able to get some action photos.  I am glad that I did, even though me, my dogs and my camera got really really soaked.  It was really warm, and when the snow hit you it may as well have been rain.

I just lost an entire post, which I put up yesterday.  One must be careful.  I had in that post some links discussing white Australian Shepherds.  Here they are again.  I said a bunch of things in that post I would like to have back.  Oh well.
Link:  The White Aussie Project
Link:  Inheritance of Color in Australian Shepherds

November 21, 2012

Two White Dogs, Again

We were lucky today and were able to walk for a short way with Kiva.  She is a beautiful  (I am biased) white Spanish Shepherd (Aussie)  I love to see her, because she and Blanca are so similar.  The most obvious thing of course is their whiteness, but almost more important is the way they carry themselves, it is so similar.  Their bone structure is the same, long skinny legs, and they both have curious girl personalities. I like this picture.

I did not have a good camera with me so I had to work with what I had, a Canon S90, which is a nice compact camera, but its operation is SLOW.  So I did not get any great shots.

Kiva has more color on her than Blanca, and she is only deaf in one ear.  She is blessed with a black nose. For white dogs a pink nose is very easy to burn. Kiva does not have as pink eyelids as Blanca.

Chocolate finds Kiva to be very curious.  "Hey you look just like my sister"

November 19, 2012

We All Went to Missoula

Here Blanca poses in front of my friends Chuck and Beth Kaparich's new home in Missoula.  Chuck built the Carousel for Missoula, and his mind and immense energy is always looking for creative outlets, so he built this wonderful new home.  The right side is a 2700 square foot shop, and the left side and the silo is the living quarters.  Bedrooms are upstairs.  It is really beautiful.  Chuck built this himself with the help of one other person.  Chuck has more energy the first hour of each day than I have had in my whole life.  That is Linda's car in front of the stone silo. 
We had a wonderful time visiting my old friends.  I lived in Missoula from 1989 until 1997. 

 Another view, this from the street looking northwest, I think.  The window on the end where the hay lifter upper (anyone know the real name, I am from Cleveland) usually would be is a bedroom.  Chuck tried to make it look as authentic barn looking as he could and still have it be a habitable home.  I think he did a great job.  Next he is going to build an old time looking farm house for his sister Donna to live in.

November 4, 2012

Wine & Whiskers

Last evening was the 3rd Rimrock Humane Societies Wine & Whiskers.  It a great time was had by all, seemed to me.  Linda and I certainly had a great great time.  Thank you Sandy Church and the Rimrock Humane Society board, you throw a heck of a party.
I took pictures, and handed out cards.  I have posted the result, a selection, on my website; kenjamesphotography
Take a look.  If anyone wants prints email me and I will get you details.  All proceeds from print sales of course would go to the Rimrock Humane Society.