As any true obsessive amateur-but-thinks-he’s-more-talented-than-that photographer, I couldn’t just take a few snapshots with a point & shoot and call it a day (PT. 1).

Nope, I also had my Nikon D90 with me, and was compelled to take a variety of wide angle shots too (with a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC). It was important to capture every angle, range, perspective, and situation that my dogs were in. Super important.

Do I stop there? Of course not. I think each photo deserves an annotated version. So you can learn even more about MY dogs. Kinda like those pop-up videos. What? You don’t remember those? Screw you. Young punk. Go eat a bag of shit and watch some Jersey Shore. Asshole.

Aptos / Santa Cruz trip - 2/4/12, 2/5/12

No, I don’t want to search Google for all the photo sets of other obsessive dog owners that used the same hokey title.

Forget it. I’m going with this.

I love my dogs more than ANY of YOU. That’s not true, honey; I meant the random Tumblr strangers, not you, my wife (likely one of the few checking out these photos anyway). Yes, I take 100 times more photos of the dogs than I do of you, but remember you’re shy, right? That’s the only reason why. I promise! Sweetie.

This photo set is not what I’d hoped for, but it’s okay. Carolyn (wife) bought me a waterproof camera recently, and I had grand illusions of wild splash scenes, underwater dog paddles, and crazy canine water antics. Turns out I didn’t really need the waterproof camera for these; I couldn’t lure them too far into the waves, and when I did…they scooted out too quickly. Oh well, we’ll do much better in a lake situation, which will come next month. Still, my dogs are adorable, right? No, they’re the best, trust me. The short haired one is Ernie, and the curly girl is Ruby.

p.s. Check out my purposefully dorky photo captions! You know they’re awesome! Jealous are you.

I used a Panasonic DMC-TS3 Lumix waterproof digital camera for all these photos. For all you camera snobs… yes, that’s a point and shoot. I had it on the “beach and snorkeling” setting, which I think brings down the ISO with quicker shutter speeds (ISO ranged from 100 to 160, and shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/1000). But, honestly, I don’t really know what that setting does. Whatever.

Aptos / Santa Cruz trip - 2/4/12, 2/5/12

I’ve referenced the town of “Salida” in my previous pictorials, so I thought you might be wondering, "what does this so-called Salida look like?" And, let’s just say you didn’t go to Google images and scan hundreds of better photos than mine. You’d then be checking out the mediocre assortment I have here, and be glad I saved you a click or two. Sorta joking aside, it does have a really cute downtown, with a lot of historic brick buildings preserved from the boom days of the late 1800’s.

I used a Nikon D90 with a 12-24mm wide angle lens for all these shots (AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED). The ISO was usually 500, a few were 400, and the final unspectacular-but-decent-sunset-photo was 800.

Colorado Christmas trip - 12/28/11


Another terribly clever title from me. Or just terrible. These photos detail the demo of the back of a brick theatre in downtown Salida. So, the “back” is “off” the building, and it was also surrounded by caution tape, therein saying “back off” people. Hardy har har. Anyhoo, there was one more hazard…drops of freshly melted snow water falling from the roof two stories up. This really cramped my effort to get some nice macro shots of the stripped interior walls.

For all the wide angle shots, I used a Nikon D90 with a 12-24mm lens (AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED). I am not a camera hot shot, so to me this was pretty much borrowing whatever “wide angle” lens my brother had. Most of photos had an ISO of 320 or 400. The close-up (“macro”) photos were taken with a 60mm lens (AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED). ISO 400.

Colorado Christmas trip - 12/28/11 and 12/29/11

Shooting old road signs is not usually my thing. I fancy myself unique, and this is the stuff that makes for coffee table dust blocks. Yet, as I ambled along some seldom used railroad tracks near downtown Salida, I began to eye them. These slowly disintegrating signs were already dead to the world: warnings about structure clearance with no structures standing, and trespassing signs for what is now public land. And, like those trees falling in a forest without anyone around to hear, there aren’t people around to read these hollow messages either. Except me. And now you. And… the occasional hiker and dog walker. Plus a smattering of other photographers doing the same thing. But still. Pretty.

I took these photos with a Nikon D90 and a 60mm lens (AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED). ISO ranging from 250 to 400.

Colorado Christmas trip - 12/25/11 & 12/28/11

p.s. The last sign is not along the railroad tracks, but is a long ago irrelevant sign for a place of lodging.

Apparently, snow. They were gobbling it up like an Arizona tourist would shave ice in Honolulu. At first I thought the birds were nosing for grubs, or whatever, but they kept coming up with just mouthfuls of snow. I shot these at a pond a few miles from my parent’s house in Salida, CO.

Colorado Christmas trip - 12/25/11