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.

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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: Finding Time for Photography

I’m always a bit surprised when I hear folks say something along the lines of, “I’d love to find more time for photography,” like photography is an extracurricular activity for which one must set aside dedicated time.  I hear tales of sad cameras left forgotten in a closet for months on end, and I just can’t comprehend this.

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WC: The Waterfalls’ Spell

We’re quite spoiled here in the Northwest when it comes to waterfalls.

To be honest, when I first moved here, I wasn’t all that excited about waterfalls.  They were all photographed the same, and they all looked the same to me.  The hikes were pleasant, but I just couldn’t understand how the group would then park their tripods at the waterfall at the end and shoot for what felt like forever.  I was used to a quick shot, and I was done.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

How many pictures of the same scene can one take?

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WC: Shrinking Your World

We’re all quite small in this vast world.  We fill our lives up with work and projects and social lives and activities.  With everything we add, we discover how much the earth has to offer, and we realize we could never experience it all, given a hundred lifetimes.  The world feels bigger and bigger, with each new interest requiring thousands of hours to master, though each never reaches the state of “done.”

What drives us to be so insanely busy all the time?

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