Santa was very very good to me this year. I have for the first time a professional Canon speedlite. I opened the manual to peruse the contents and my eyes crossed. Hubby laughed at me as I struggled to comprehend the basics and how to attach this light to my camera. He told me he gets such a kick out of watching me trying to figure something out. This light is complicated!
My speedlite works with a bounce effect meaning you have to know where to point the light (ceiling, wall, floor, behind me, behind subject, to the left of subject, to the right of subject, infinity etc., NOT at your subject) in order to get the best pictures. I elected not to get the automatic one because as a representative from Canon told me, by the time you wait until the light goes into the correct position before you can shoot, your moment to photograph a cat is over.
I gotta learn to be quick with my reflexes to position this darn light right!
I did manage to get a few really cute pictures of our “kids” that I normally would not have been able to get due to lighting. Indoor pictures without a flash is tough unless you are using your cellphone. So as you look at each image, know that more like these and even better will be seen in future posts.
The star on Christmas Day was Meaghan. After more then 13 years in this house, she is becoming braver to be close to us. She was like my shadow and not only that she and Dad tried to understand Mommy’s speedlite manual. Truth be told, I don’t think any of us understood it (yet). Nope, not even smarty engineering brain Hubby.
Oh how Meaghan was pouring on the love with Dad! This is not her usual behavior. It brings such joy to my heart to actually see her out of her aloneness.
Then Rusty, who was pooped from tearing up the wrapping paper, fell asleep next to his buddy Charlie. Charlie wasn’t feeling too good when this picture was taken. Daddy and Mommy “fixed” him later that same day.
About the same time I noticed Rusty and Charlie, to my stunned eyes I saw Cookie and Doodles, Mother and son (biologically) laying on the very coveted upper level on the love sofa. I laughed out loud because it looked like a creature I’ve never seen before, long and black with a head on either end.
Cookie (left) and Doodles (right). Mom and son.
One cat in particular elected to sleep through the excitement of unwrapping gifts, so she did. Here is Sassy curled up under a table on our ottoman.
The rest of the pictures, I dare say, landed in the trash bin. I worked with this speedlite for hours and was only able to produce a few pictures. We all have to start somewhere. Right?
Our family had one of the nicest Christmases to my recollection. I am so glad I decided to shut down my computer and be with my family. I know some of our babies will not be here next year Christmas. Now I have memories to keep with me when they are gone.
I hope all of you had a really glorious and loving Christmas.
Photography/ “Lite Memories” /Dec.2019©AmyRose Photography
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