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Suki and Miru

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Having two shibas in the house over this past weekend has been a very interesting experience, especially since one of them is a puppy! In spite of the fact that our home is absolutely overrun with shiba fur, we had a pretty good time baby sitting Miru. We capped off the weekend together with a hike this morning:

So long, Miru!

Images: Canon 1D X | 300mm f/2.8L II | Canon Extender 1.4x III

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January 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Champi the Akita

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If Suki was as big as she thinks she is, she’d probably look just like Champi, the most adorable Akita ever! We finally had a chance to meet this giant puppy over the weekend.

The best way I can think to describe Champi is, well….she’s like a massive Shiba.  She looks like what would happen if Suki ate one of those Super Mario mushrooms. Can you hear the sound effect in your head?

Look at that face! So cute it’s ridiculous. Whenever Champi would get close enough, I’d try to give her a great big Akita hug. But just like Suki, this pup is well versed in the art of evading human affection.

Evasive maneuvers!

A couple of Japan’s national treasures right here, apparently discussing which smaller dog to chase together:

The larger, Clifford-sized Champi would periodically take breaks from all the action, unlike the smaller Suki, who prefers to stay on her feet.

Despite the sun being out, it was freezing at the dog park, and high winds blew dirt all over my camera as well as Suki’s eyes. Not good for allergies (or for lens changing).

Trying to get both dogs in the frame is harder than you might think. More often than not, Suki and Champi would be moving in opposite directions. Most of my shots from the meetup look like this:

We humans had to duck, spin, dive, and spray bursts of frames to catch these two together!

Make sure your you check out the very epic 52 Weeks of Champi project! Of course, Suki has one as well ;)

All Images: Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR lenses

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January 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Wide and Fast

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 24mm f/1.4G | 1/1,600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200

My poor DSLR has been on the bench ever since I added the X100 to my bag, at least for personal photography. Feeling a little guilty about it, I hauled it along with me today on our regular outing with Suki. Heavy? Oh yes.

But I had almost forgotten how much I love shooting with my favorite wide lens. Pretty much fell in love with the 24mm all over again this morning.

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Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24mm f1.4G AFS

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September 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

It’s Good to Be Home, Sorta…

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Fuji X100 | 1/70 sec, f/2, ISO 800

It’s good to be home. A week is a long time to be without Philz coffee.


Nikon D700 + 50mm f/1.4G AFS

Besides my welcome home cup of Mocha Tesora, I was able to install Fuji’s newest firmware for my X100. Version 1.10 fixes a lot of bugs, and adds a few enhancements as well. So far I’ve seen a definite improvement in the look of the Velvia and Astia film simulation modes. Provia seems to look better too, but I need to test it a little more.

Now for the big bummer of our return:


Fuji X100 |  1/340 sec, f/6.4, ISO 400

Our first order of business on arrival was to take Suki here. It looks like her allergies flared up while we were gone and she ended up with some pretty serious skin inflammation on her tummy.


Fuji X100 | 1/680 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

After having her examined, picking up some medication, and paying a heinous vet bill, we took Suki home, looking ultra-hip in with her not-so-stylish cone of shame.


Fuji X100 | 1/50 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

Unfortunately, Suki is pretty miserable right now. The inflammation is very painful and she’s under a great deal of stress. Really hate to see her like this, but I know she’ll recover soon.

Until then, it’s cone of shame for you, Suki! =P

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June 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm