Avoiding Staring at Me

dog almost looking at camera

She’s Almost Looking at Me

This white Labrador almost looked into the camera, but she stopped short, just in case. The Labs are one of the very few Canadian dogs.

They were “created” by Canadian fishermen to help on the fishing boats and pull the nets with cod fish from the water. Now, you know why Labradors love the water and love to play tug of war. They are strong dogs and they make …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Standby Mode

Battery life for mirrorless cameras is dismal, especially when comparing with DSLR cameras. My Canon 7DMkII does easily 1200 exposures on one battery charge and I have had times with 2000+ exposures. My X-Pro2 with the Optical Viewfinder and no image display after taking the image gives me:

  1. The original Fujifilm battery: NP-W126S: 290 exposures
  2. The no-name brand battery: NP-W126: 180 exposures

BTW, these are my numbers, from my experience.

So turning off …

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Photographing Black Dogs

Black Dog

Black Dog

It’s not easy being a black dog. Many people do not like black dogs. Light colored dogs get adopted at the rate of the 3 to 1 against the black dogs.

One of the reason that black dogs are badly viewed is because of Hollywood. Whenever they need a big, mean dog, it’s always a black dog. Occasionally it’s a very, very dark colored dog. Now they select the dog …

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How To Stare Without Looking

How a dog stares without looking

How to Stare Without Looking

This dog is trying to be very polite. She’s staring without looking directly at me. It would be very bad doggy manner to stare directly at me. I’m kneeling with my right knee on the ground and my dog is by my side waiting very patiently so we can resume our walk.

She’s not looking at me directly but she’s at full attention, you can see …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: 3rd Party Batteries

Most batteries for cameras are Lithium Ion batteries.

The camera manufacturers batteries are in the $100 (in Canada), that’s for Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm… There are also plenty of batteries that are supposed to be compatible with the same model number that cost only 10% to 20% of the camera manufacturers batteries.

Most Lithium ion batteries for cameras are between 7.2 volt to 7.8 volt because they are made of 2 cells with …

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Rubbing Herself: Vancouver, BC

Dog rubbing her face into 'who knows what'

Rubbing Herself

The guy was watching his dog rubbing herself in the frozen grass. I don’t know what smell was there, but she kept on rubbing her face in “it”.

Often dogs will rub themselves in the urine of coyotes or in the urine of “important dogs”, aka the alpha dog.

The question is why and nobody really knows. People have different theories:

  • The dog put their own smell on the other dog’s …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: AF Hunting

In the beginnings of Fujifilm’s revival, their cameras weren’t known for their great AF system in terms of both speed and accuracy. Many firmware later, Fujifilm has significantly improved the situation with both firmware and better lens focusing systems. But it’s not perfect yet. Even today, sometimes there is is some AF hunting.

  • The AF point is too small and therefore can’t find enough contrast to focus on.
  • The AF point …
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Can She See Me?

Can this dog see?

Can This Dog See?

I’m sure that she can smell me and my dog, I’m not convinced that she can see us.

She’s so fuzzy that her hair covers her eyes and she has to see through layers. Maybe a good combing, but most likely a good trim at least around the eyes.

She can’t see well but she can hear and smell us. I’m not moving, I’m kneeling …

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Worried Cat: Vancouver, BC

A very worried cat

A Very Worried Cat

This cat is worried. Should he run away or not?

He has the ears backwards like he was getting ready to attack. Why, because behind me, there’s a dog, it’s my dog. He’s not threatening, he’s behind me and he’s totally quiet.

He’s not attacking and I know it. Why? his eyes.

The difference between the attack mode and the worry mode is in the …

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Fujifilm: Manual Focus & Focus Peaking

I started photography in the so called: “ the good old days.”

  • On SLRs (Single Lens Reflex cameras - long before the digital revolution) we had a small split screen in the center of the viewfinder to focus and that was it.
  • On rangefinders like the Canonet (which I had) and the Leica there was a little rangefinder in the middle of the viewfinder that was linked to the focusing ring of the lens. You looked in …
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Fred & the Ball: Vancouver, BC

Fred, a Daschund, never runs after the ball

Fred, a Daschund, never runs after the ball

Fred is another “attack sausage”, aka a Daschund and he’s almost 10 years old. His owner throws the ball (not too far). He kinds of run to the ball. And then, calmly and slowly, he brings the ball back.

This ball is the only ball that he grabs and carries back.

His owner tried all kind of balls from tennis balls to Kongs. Fred just goes …

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