WC: The Good Kitty

My kitties are my kids.  With how active we are, and with how much we love to travel, cats are the perfect companion, as they can survive a few days alone with only an ample supply of food and water and a clean litter box.  We don’t like to leave them behind, but we have the freedom to do so.  And they’re all the more lovey when we return.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

They’re also the perfect photography subjects.

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WC: Taking a Breather

We lead very busy lives, and I’ve been feeling things have been particularly hectic lately.  With the holidays fast approaching, there are a number of extra items on my to-do list.  Additionally, the weather has been damp and dreary – not very conducive to enjoying the great outdoors.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

In short: I’ve been cooped up in front of my computer, work work working, hardly seeing any sunlight and going just a tad bit crazy.

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WC: Then and Now – My Photography 10 Years Ago

I often get the question, “How long have you been into photography?” but I don’t have the standard answer many other photographers have.  I can’t count the number of years I’ve wandered with a camera, because I frankly can’t remember a time when I haven’t.  My earliest photos predate digital, when I carried a cheap plastic something that took film cartridges I didn’t even have to queue or wind.

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WC: My First Crack at Focus Stacking

There are so many things one can do with photography.  I’ve heard of numerous techniques, and I’m always inspired to try them all!  I’d like to compile a photography bucket list and simply start checking the items off, but I’ve been so busy with so many other things… soon, I promise!

In the meantime, here’s one that I’ve been wanting to try for a while: focus stacking.
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WC: Helpless

It feels somewhat easy to distance myself from the devastation in Texas, and I turn only a concerned brow toward what lies in wait for Florida.  It’s tragic, and my heart aches for all who have lost their homes and livelihoods (and all this month, I am donating 25% of all proceeds from print sales to Harvey relief efforts).  But once the news is turned off, my personal life creeps back in, pushing the drenched scenes, the tears, the pleas for help – back across the miles from whence they came.

But when tragedy strikes so close to home, I can no longer shut it out – intentionally or otherwise.

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WC: Overcoming the Tourist Trap

Tourist spots are so cliche and overdone that most self-respecting photographers will steer way clear.  However, there are times when a photographer has visitors from out of town, and they want to see these famous sites.  Many begrudgingly agree but leave the camera at home – what’s the point in shooting something with more clicks than the Google homepage? (I might be exaggerating…)

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WC: My Little Distraction

I love shooting landscapes and anime conventions, but I also spend a lot of time on my computer at home editing photos.  And amidst the routine button presses and artistic tweaks, I’m inevitably distracted.  While I can usually remain rather focused, I have found our sweet (evil) Mochi has the power to draw my attention with her deceiving cuteness.

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