Feeling Crabby

All the hermit crabs came out to play when we sprayed them down:

Big Crabby

Two Crabs

They are really a lot more interesting than I would have guessed.  The big one is always trying to escape the cage.  He made it out once and jumped to the floor and craked his shell.  Didn’t seem to bother him at all.  He didn’t even switch to an uncracked one.

The REAL Reason

Here is why laundry never seems to get done around my house:

Mikey, 7-06

Mikey, 7-06

Mikey 7-08

Mikey, 7-08

As you can see, there’s just NO ROOM for any laundry in there now.

Got A New Lens!

I ordered a new lens for my D40 since I was very frustrated when trying to photograph animals. Apparently birds and woodchucks and the like don’t particularly enjoy being stalked. I ordered a Nikon 55mm – 200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR from Adorama and am quite happy with it. I’d never ordered camera equipment online before, but I saw them recommended on several forums, so gave them a try. They had free standard shipping, but I opted the $1.95 for the 3 day shipping. I ordered on Tuesday evening and had my lens yesterday afternoon! So I tried out a few shots.

Here is Simon from across the room. Whenever he sees the camera he looks at me as if to say “Why do you keep looking at me? Did I do something wrong?” I do have a problem with photographing him. Every time, his fur looks very grainy, like I over sharpened the picture. I think it may be the contrast of color combined with lighting, but I wish I could figure out how to fix it other than softening it in the editor.

And I caught Pixel rubbing up against Tasha. He’s a little out of focus and washed out (I was still trying to get the hang of the vibration control).

Yeah, Still More Cooperative…

I was playing around with Virtual Photographer. It’s a free download and has some neat tools. Mikey this time…

Cats

Because they are more cooperative than my kids….

Yikes!

Have I been that totally absent from blogging for that long?  Guess so.  I wish I had some great big project going on that kept me busy, but unless you count organizing a cub scout banquet (which I will avoid chairing next year) I have done very little.  I have about three or four short stories in the works.  I’ve gotten two reject letters and two reject emails from agents so far.  I only have one other agent query out so i need to get a few more out there.  i need to look for short story markets.  I have a SF story that keeps getting a really great personal rejects- as in it made it to the last round but they only had so much room.  And at least two are from good magazines, ones SF reader would recognize.

My photography has been severely limited to kids and cats.  My 10 yr old son was staging pictures he wanted to put on icanhazcheezburger.

Mikey Reads

Back to School

Well, not really. I’ve been looking at the free photography classes over at HP’s website and while the are not really in depth, I’m picking up some basic ideas that I hadn’t gotten before. I never really grasped the whole aperture thing. Don’t know why, but I never truly understood. I think I’ve got a better idea now. Before, most of my good shots were lucky ones. There are some tips in these classes that I can think about now while I’m shooting.

I was practicing with the aperture settings and since the dog was the only one home, he got to be my subject. Surprisingly he takes to this about as well as my kids. He’ll tolerate it for so long and then hide from me. But I got a few that I thought were cute. You’d think with all the leaves on the ground it was a nice cool autumn day with that wonderfully crisp smell in the air. No. It was 88 degrees and humid.

Simon one

Simon two