Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fun Monday

Thanks to Hootin' Annie, this week's Fun Monday assignment was mainly photographic in nature: take 30 giant steps away from your computer and take a picture of what you see. Then take 15 baby steps back, look in any direction and take a picture of what you see. I suppose I could have written descriptions, but you know what they say about pictures.

Although simple on the surface, I found this a toughie as I am photographically challenged and my only option was to use Peter's fancy camera, which is about 200x more camera than I'd ever need. (I also had to go through the ignominy of having him transfer and resize the photos for me, during which he told me I really had to take one of his workshops because my pictures were terrible. OK, maybe he didn't say terrible, maybe he only said "out of focus," but I know he was thinking more than that.)

I was using my laptop at the kitchen table when I realised that I'd better do the assignment quickly or it would be too dark. The back door was open, so my 30 giant steps easily took me out the door and around the side of the house, where I took this picture:

During my 15 baby steps backwards, Toby was dancing around me with his Kong, which he dropped so that it predictably hit one of my feet. (I don't know how his aim is always so consistently good.) When I stopped, I told him to sit and he did, fully expecting me to throw his Kong. Instead, I took his picture:

Thanks for stopping by for Fun Monday. If you have a nice, little, compact, easy-to-use, light-weight, and not very expensive digital camera, please let me know about it in a comment. I think I really need a camera of my own.



At 12 November 2007 at 00:09, Blogger laurie said...

LOVE the toby picture!

my little easy to use lightweight camera is a canon digital that fits in my pocket. i don't know how much it cost because doug gave it to me for christmas last year but it's wonderful. it does little videos, you can set it all on auto and let it figure everything out for you, you can set it on manual and try it yourself.

it's tiny. i recommend it.

(i'm going to get doug the newer model for christmas. he has a nice big camera that he hardly ever uses; i think he'd use one he could tuck in his shirt pocket. we're starting a photoblog on jan. 1--THREE DOG ANNEX--recording our year in a photo a day.)

At 12 November 2007 at 01:22, Blogger Kaycie said...

Toby is so cute. I love his ears!

I have a Sony Cybershot which I love. It's easy to use and has a little built in zoom lens which comes in handy. It also does little bits of video like Laurie's, although the truth is we don't use that feature much. You can also hook it up to your tv to display a slide show or watch the video. We did that once when it was new. :)

At 12 November 2007 at 03:18, Blogger Serina Hope said...

Toby is so cute. Your place is lovely too. Great Fun Monday to ya!

At 12 November 2007 at 03:44, Blogger The Rotten Correspondent said...

That is one seriously cute dog.

I also have camera issues, although I really wish I didn't. If you find a great camera spread the word.I'd like to be in focus once before I die.

At 12 November 2007 at 14:33, Anonymous min said...

That is a great picture of Toby! and the landscape around your house is lovely too.

I have a camera, but I don't know what it is...I just aim and push the button.

At 12 November 2007 at 16:27, Blogger vicster said...

Hi Ann! Toby is a doll, love the lop ear. I have a nikon Coolpix, love it. It does video, which I found by accident when I was trying to get pictures of Pam asking Tooka (her mustang) to lie down. As I was swearing because I couldn't get my camera to take the picture, I realized I had video of the whole thing, which everyone loves because they get to see the whole thing.

At 12 November 2007 at 17:45, Blogger -Ann said...

Laurie - Thanks. I will have to look at Canon's little cameras. Peter's camera is a Canon. I have a rule for my electronics - they must be little and cute.

Kaycie - His ears are the reason Peter adopted him. :) Thanks for the camera tip.

Serina - Thanks and thanks for stopping by.

RC - From your last sentence, I have this image of you as being fuzzy around the edges, all because of your camera.

Min - Thanks. That sounds like exactly the sort of camera I need.

Vic - Do they get to hear your cursing too? :)

At 12 November 2007 at 18:08, Blogger Bren said...

What beautiful countryside! I'd love to have a view like that.

At 12 November 2007 at 18:59, Blogger Mar said...

It's a beautiful countryside!! and your dog is very photogenic, lol!
Sending sunshine your way on a Fun Monday :)

At 12 November 2007 at 19:11, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

I love your dog, and what a beautiful place you live in. :D

At 12 November 2007 at 19:33, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

Toby is TOO CUTE!

I want an SLR so desperately, but I'm afraid I lack the skills to use it properly.

At 12 November 2007 at 19:40, Blogger AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Toby's a sweetie, no? And, I love your lush green views of Ireland.

At 12 November 2007 at 19:45, Blogger Sandy said...

Toby is gorgeous. So is your scenery. You did throw the Kong for him, didn't you?

At 12 November 2007 at 19:53, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

Gorgeous view!

I have an easy-to-use camera but it's a Minolta and I believe they stopped making cameras.

At 12 November 2007 at 21:22, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Too funny - my dog, Zoe, has a Kong too - and she always drops it so it hits our feet. But, she doesn't sit so patiently - she dances around waiting for us to throw it.

At 12 November 2007 at 22:32, Anonymous Robinella said...

Kodak (I know, gasp) takes the best pictures and the digital ones are very cheap. I prefer one more like your hubbys, but for point and shoot with no fuss, Kodak. The others are pricey.

Great views though.

At 12 November 2007 at 22:53, Blogger willowtree said...

Canon makes pretty good small cameras, but then so do most of the camera makers. You need to look for the one that has most optical zoom (and I mean optical, not digital). Forget about getting the most pixels like the salesman will try to sell you on, that just means a bigger file.

One of my dogs always drops her toys on my feet.

At 12 November 2007 at 22:55, Blogger willowtree said...

PS. Kodak does make good digital cameras, all of the photos on my Fun Monday post were taken with a Kodak.

At 12 November 2007 at 23:02, Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

I think you did mighty good!!! And the little dog photo is just so perfect!! I wanna pet him and hug him!!! Bunches!!!

At 12 November 2007 at 23:35, Blogger lisa's chaos said...

Looks like a wonderful place to hang out and I hope you threw Toby's kong after you subjected him to the photo.

At 13 November 2007 at 02:14, Anonymous dawn said...

Cute dog. They are so compliant at the thought of getting what they want. Hmmm..some men are like that to :-). Nice countryside you have there.

At 13 November 2007 at 06:14, Blogger bermudabluez said...

Toby is VERY cute!! I love that picture of him!! I have to agree with laurie - I have the little Canon digital that fits in the pocket too. Got it for Christmas last year and I just adore it!!

At 13 November 2007 at 06:55, Blogger Robin said...

I want to come to Ireland. Love the photos. My relatives are originally from cork county. Way back in the history somewhere. Great Great Somebody.

Thanks for sharing

Robin of mytwoblessings

At 13 November 2007 at 17:52, Blogger -Ann said...

Bren - It's even better when the landlord's cattle are out grazing on that hill. He has a couple of herds and when they can see each other, they have these great moo-ing wars. You know you're living in the country when you're woken in the middle of the night by moo-ing.

Mar - Thanks. I actually think I saw a bit of sunshine yesterday.

Jo B - Thanks. we're very lucky to have ended up here.

Tiggerlane - Well, if you're ever in West Cork, you can take a workshop with my husband. :) Failing that, there are probably beginning photography classes at community colleges or park districts or something near you.

AFF - Thanks. Toby is cute alright. He's also fun. And a lot of work. :)

Sandy - Of course I did. Otherwise, I'd have had a Dog Rebellion on my hands.

Sauntering Soul - Thanks. :) Maybe I'll check out ebay. that could work.

Karmyn R - I think it must be a design flaw in the Kong. :) And, boy, those big ones hurt!

Robinella - I love cheap. And easy. :)

willowtree - Thanks for the good, practical tips. I hope to be able to put them to use soon.

Hootin'Anni - Thanks. And you were a mighty fine hostess.

lisa's chaos - Of course. :)

dawn - You should see how good he is when cheese or apples are involved.

bermudabluez - Thanks. I am enouraged that so many people have little cameras.

Robin - It's a lovely spot - one of my most favourite in the world.

At 14 November 2007 at 05:30, Blogger Pamela said...

the whole kong and dog theater was worth this trip. my daughters dog drives us crazy with his kong. My fault, I gave them their first kong which the dog lost in the ditch.

So, if you get tired of it - you might look for a full ditch to throw it into when toby isn't watching.
Just kidding, he looks like he deserves a good kong flinging.

At 15 November 2007 at 05:10, Blogger -Ann said...

Pamela - Losing Kongs down the ditch is actually a topic I plan to blog about in-depth. Toby routinely loses his and I've developed a whole outfit that lets me go down through the stinging nettles and the brambles to rescue the Kongs. :)


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