Wednesday, June 05, 2019
On a sunny and beautiful late afternoon, I wandered to a big canal with the dogs. It was to be their outing and my chance to play with a new lens. This lens with a bigger zoom is lighter to handle and captures scenes well. I’m lazy, and so usually shoot on auto-focus, which might be why this lens doesn’t capture significantly better than others I’ve used. Today’s cameras are wonderfully easy and also very complex, depending on how they’re handled. My experimental lens should be paired with more exposure variations, so in the future, I’ll fiddle with the camera’s capabilities to create quality differences.
Overall we had a great time. Dogs led the way, and after plunking into water and shaking it off in rainbow highlights, they took off cross-country–running competitively with tongues blowing sideways, or individually to search for rabbits–periodically returning to the water to wade and drink. The only game they scared up was a mama duck with babies, and mama wasn’t about to tolerate intrusion.
Each dog has an unique personality. Miles is a wide-ranging fellow, often out of sight but aware of my location. Louie and Ranger, my long-time horse trail buddies, check back often to make sure I’m tracking. And Osix, who likes reassurance, stays close to me.
What makes these semi-wild trails more interesting is the variety of critters one might find and study closely for a moment.
Capturing great memories starts by following the dogs.
Dear Friends, thanks for joining us on another cool outing. Diana