I’m not a professional photographer, but I do have some very admirable equipment – a wide variety of lenses, filters, gels, flashes, backdrops, lighting, and all the accoutrements of someone who is otherwise paid for this task. I put them all to use to get some good, clean shots of Wintermuse to use in a potential redesign of this site.
What resulted were, surprisingly, some of the best shots I’ve taken, of her and in general, I think. I say surprisingly because my favorite lens, a lightweight prime 50M, broke last week. Or, rather, Wintermuse herself broke it. It’s the second time in less than 6 months that I’ve broken that lens, so I tried to put it and its previous incarnation back together with only mild success. I ended up going through this shoot with a macro lens.
The macro lens gave me a beautiful bokeh (blur) on parts of her body at times that never would have occurred in my 50mm. Lots of shots were ruined due to inappropriate blurring, but the ones where the blur worked, the blur worked really well.
She was a champ through the whole experience. So well-behaved. She photographs like a dream. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to photograph some other Egyptian Maus this summer for a project I am doing.