Post 1392: What a wonderful day!

Dougy and I had a sweet time with a favorite wand toy early in the morning, and he enjoyed my enthusiastic “Good boy! What a clever kitty!” praise each time he snared the lure as it passed by.

Later, after the sun came up – yes, it was a sunny day! – Dougy lounged on the kitty lounger by the back door and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. I might add, it really, really, really showed how beautiful his ruff is at this point. Dougy and his brother are boy kitties, but I think they are just plain beautiful. Not handsome, beautiful!

Here’s another look at that ruff:IMG_20170514_091452 

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Let’s not forget Andy. I tried to get a photo of him on the walker by the back door, but he was still a bit skittish because of the medicine episode documented in yesterday’s post. (This post and yesterday’s were both put together on the same day.) When I tried to get an angle that shows how pretty he is, he hopped off the little red chair and never did let me photograph him at his best.IMG_20170514_091856

Of course, after I came home after I took a little road trip to dry my car off after running it through the car wash, Andy greeted me at the door, all friendly and loving and huggable! I picked him up three different times, and he love, love, loved me rubbing his whiskers, nose, and tummy! The difference from when I tried to take his photo at a good angle? Beats me! 

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Post 1183: Andy, in two views…

Yep! Same old problem! Andy (or Dougy – same difference) is being cute, posing nicely, looking like a potential subject for a blog post, but…he’s in the dark. Oh well. I took the photos anyway, hoping Photoshop would rescue them. One turned out subtle because his whiskers were highlighted by the sun behind him. The others had to be manipulated beyond a reasonable point, turning Andy into an extraterrestrial alien kitty: “Come to the light!” 

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Here’s the subtle “highlighted whiskers” Andy.101816 andy whiskers.jpg

This is pretty much what the rest looked like after typical Photoshopping.101816 andy in the shadows.jpg

Then, one last effort to bring out detail in Andy (exposure) resulted in this…101816 andy in the shadows copy.jpg

…and this~!101816 andy in shadows 3 copy.jpg

Oh well. I kind of like the “highlighted whiskers” Andy. In the meantime, I’ll try to catch him in good light for future posts.

Post 1071: Whew! The peaceable kingdom returns to my computer desk!

The kitty boys have spent the past week sorting out which is top cat, with the attendant extra fur clumps on the carpet. No harm done, of course, other than to egos. (I think Andy won this round.) With that in mind, I was surprised when Dougy came onto the computer desk through Andy’s territory, stepped over Andy, and joined me on the lower shelf, Dougy’s spot since he was a wee fart.

Shortly after Dougy arrived, they both watched birds out the back window. I had to take this photo!

Shortly after Dougy arrived, they both watched birds out the back window.
I had to take this photo!

The flash alerted the boys to my intentions, so Dougy closed his eyes for this one. Of course!

The flash alerted the boys to my intentions, so Dougy closed his eyes for this one. Of course!

I almost got a shot with eyes open. Well, close enough!

I almost got a shot with eyes open. Well, close enough!

Post 1061: in which I try to photograph a Dougy…

I’ve told you before how Dougy ruins most photos by closing his eyes just before the flash goes off. He’s pretty cagey that way! Unfortunately, though, that means you see far fewer photos of Dougy than you do of his brother, Andy.

Here’s a selection of today’s Dougy photos. I think I caught him with his eyes kind of open in one!

Dougy poses nicely till he realizes the flash is about to go off. Then he closes his eyes.

Dougy poses nicely till he realizes the flash is about to go off. Then he closes his eyes.

The flash brings on refusal to pose, and Dougy turns his back to me!

The flash brings on refusal to pose.  Dougy turns his back to me!

In low light, the camera assesses how much flash and open shutter are necessary to get a "readable" photo, then takes the picture. I anticipate how long that takes, then try to attract Dougy's attention so that he turns his head (with open eyes) at just the right time to get a decent photo.

In low light, the camera assesses how much flash and open shutter are necessary to get a “readable” photo, then takes the picture.
I anticipate how long that takes, then try to attract Dougy’s attention so that he turns his head (with open eyes) at the right time to get a decent photo.

Oh well! What a lovely washed out shot of Dougy's butt. (Are his eyes sort of open??)

Oh well! What a lovely washed out shot of Dougy’s butt.

Dougy wanders off, and I say to hell with it for one more day!

Dougy wanders off, and I say to hell with it for one more day!


Dougy reveals his eyes, sort of...!

Dougy reveals his eyes…!

Post 1058: just a quick one…!

I thought I had some photos of the boys ready, but didn’t. Here’s a quick shot of Andy, however, since he (reliably) showed up and took his spot on top of my PC. Good kitty!

Andy's horns are up, but I think today that just means he's interested in what I'm doing.  Other times, it's a sign of mayhem to come. LOL!

Andy’s horns are up, but I think today that just means he’s interested in what I’m doing. I hope!
Other times, it’s a sign of mayhem to come. LOL! 

Post 1053: Gad! What I go through for that one good photo!

I guarantee every photo I post of my kitties is one of several taken to get to the one that’s adequate to post! I also guarantee that there are times (all too often) where “adequate” is “barely so”. Kitties just aren’t that easy to photograph when they aren’t in the mood to cooperate!

Then, out of the blue, one or the other will pose nicely and hold it.

Andy is a sleepy boy...!

Andy is a sleepy boy…!

Post 1046: the lost photos…and a new gizmo

Back in April, I lost one of my drives. Today I finally took the computer in for repairs. Well, for a fix, because the repair for that specific type of port no longer exists. The fix, however, does, and it is yet another gizmo with a wire that fits a specific connection on my computer. What a tangled mess!

I’ve tried to go 100% wireless over the years, yet, well, here we go! But I can pull up photos off the SD memory card again, hence the title above. I thought the photos were pretty much lost forever, though I guarantee they aren’t that wonderful. First, though, here’s the gizmo:

You insert the SD memory card on the side.

You insert the SD memory card on the side.

This isn't one of the lost photos. It is, however, a cute one of Dougy waiting to be scritched.

This isn’t one of the lost photos. It is, however, a cute one of Dougy waiting to be scritched. You deserve a kitty photo for stopping by.

Well, shxt! I saved the lost photos to the SD card in the USB gizmo, then put it back in my camera, where I outsmarted myself and reformatted the SD memory card: The photos truly are lost now!  Aren’t you glad they stunk and weren’t worth posting?! Grr!

 

Post 1012: “Oh! I have a webcam that I can use to take photos!”

It isn’t a fix so much as another way to do the same thing. Yes, I can’t use an camera’s memory gizmo to put photos on my computer just now. But…! But I can use my webcam! It puts photos and videos in strange places, but I usually find them eventually, just as I did today.

I am reasonably smart, yet it took me several days to fugure out my Logitech webcam is a reasonable substitute for my camera till I get the computer drive F. fixed....! Hmmm.

I am reasonably smart, yet it took me several days to figure out that my Logitech webcam is a reasonable substitute for my camera till I get the computer drive F. fixed….! Hmmm.

For example, today Dougy was watching birds (pine siskins) outside the back window….

Intensely interesting stuff, Dougy thinks. Snack-sized!

Intensely interesting stuff, Dougy thinks. Snack-sized!

Here the handsome boy is in a full frame shot.

Here the handsome boy is in a full frame shot.

He got a bit tired following all the action. You would, too!

He got a bit tired following all the action. You would, too!

In some respects, the webcam takes better photos than the camera. Bad light, for example, is less of an issue with the webcam. Happy days! I’m glad I remembered the webcam.

Post 994: Whew! It took two dozen shots to get this one of Dougy!

Typical! Dougy just isn’t an easy kitty to photograph. But I finally got one sort of clear photo of the newly trimmed Dougy. 

Dougy actually facing the camera. The photo gods smile on me today!

Dougy actually facing the camera.
The photo gods smile on me today!

Post 973: birds on the feeder…!

The boys discovered they can watch birds from the cat tree just as easily as in the window, and the birds stick around longer. Of course, the birds don’t have a big kitty a foot or less away like they do when the boys window sit!

Cat tree observation post.

Cat tree observation post.

I was able to distract Dougy long enough for a rare head on shot. He gave me half a second before he went back to bird watching. He has his priorities.

"Hey! I'm busy! Take your photo and leave me alone!" OK, Dougy. Just this once.

“Hey! I’m busy! Take your photo and leave me alone!”
OK, Dougy. Just this once.