Walking the Cheetah’s

Cheeta 1Auckland Zoo put on some pretty awesome tours. One such is the Cheetah walk. I wasn’t on the walk myself, but with a long lens on the camera I managed to capture some images of these cool cats. I’ll spit up the images between today and tomorrow…for no reason but Im away from the computer at the moment, so have scheduled for a few days.
Cheeta 2 Cheeta 3


A little Cat WaitsOlly the cat.

Another weekend come and gone. This one being exciting as I added a new drill to the workshop, and won an auction for an old Olympus Mju 1 pocket camera. Im sure I wrote about my last Mju 1 earlier in the year when it had an ill fated early death by way of hit and run bumper car. One popped up on our local auction site and being the sole bidder I took it away. I have a few films on the go in various cameras at the moment, so will wait a little while to give it a maiden run.


Its Cold Outside

its cold outside“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

(As sung by Tom Jones – performed with Cerys Matthews)
I really can’t stay
But baby, it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away
Ah, baby, it’s cold outside
This evening has been
Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice
I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice
My mother will start to worry
Beautiful, what’s your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor
Listen to that fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry
Oh beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more
Why don’t you put some records on while I pour
The neighbours might think
Oh baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink
There’s no cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how
Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell
I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir
Mind if I move a little closer
At least I’m gonna say that I tried
What’s the sense of hurting my pride
I really can’t stay
Baby don’t hold out
Ahh, but it’s cold outside
I simply must go
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no
You know it’s cold outside
This welcome has been
I’m lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm
Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious
Oh, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
Like waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious
Eww, your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more
Never such a blizzard before
I’ve got to go home
Ah, baby, you would freeze out there
Say, lend me a comb
You know it’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand
I thrill when you touch my hand
But don’t you see
How can you do this thing to me
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow
Making my life long sorrow
At least there will plenty implied
If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay
Get over that old out
Ah but it’s cold outside

Molly the Cat

Molly the CatFor a few days at the house we have a special guest, Molly the Cat. Molly is staying with us in preparation for a big move to Hamilton in the weekend.

Being another hot day, I felt a bit like Molly when I arrived home – hot, tired and not really up to heading out to take any shots…so out came the mobile and there was my model.

Shot using the factory camera app and edited in Afterfocus, I then opened it with Gimp and quickly covered some of the contact details on Molly’s tag.

Its meant to cool down a little tomorrow evening, so I will aim to head out then!


Charlie in 35mm

My beautiful picture

Our pet cat Charlie. So often images of her turn out either in a blurred mess or just a dark blob – I think she has some magical power to make digital cameras malfunction when they focus in on her. I was pleased and surprised that upon developing the latest film from the Ricoh GR1 that I had captured her!

The rest of the film turned out pretty good also – mostly of New Years Eve with friends.

After scanning the image I adjusted the contrast a little and resized.

Beach Cat

What a long work day! – I didn’t get a chance to snap any images today, so pulled out this one from a few months ago. The beach down the road from us is one of those very shallow, or flat areas. When the tide goes out it stretches quite a way. We were down for a wander when next doors cat suddenly appeared and started running out to sea! As you can see in the background, I was already out quite far when the cat came in for its closeup. Taken on the Ricoh in bleach mode, I upped the sharpness one notch in Gimp as it lost some when I reduced it to internet quality.

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