Delaney again alerted me to a good photo op. She came charging in yammering about a giant slug. Yes, I find them to be quite loathsome as well but I must admit, they are pretty cool to look at. They had the added benefit of not moving fast so it should be easy to frame and take a decent picture. All one needs is patience, a virtue we all know I lack. Add to that my lack of a macro lens and the fact that I had my 70-300 on with a minimum focusing distance of about 25 feet (just kidding the specs say 1.5m which is almost 5 feet) and I struggled with even this simple assignment. I had to crop significantly again and given all the crud that gets in the way when shooting from across the yard, my angles were limited. However, this one shows his antennae (is that what they are called?) and his enormous size. That is a normal size brick he is on. I think I'm going to have nightmares about mutant attack slugs tonight!
I set AF to spot since he wasn't moving out of my focus point any time soon. Apparently, I need to pay greater attention to everything because I didn't notice until just now that the ISO was set to 640! ARGH!!!! Note to self, when finished playing around, re-set setting to normal use settings so this doesn't happen!!!!!! 300mm, f5.6, 1/160. I should have picked up on that since the shutter speed is way too high for that aperture and the lighting.
While we were shooting the slug, Floyd and Cecelia happen to be in the back yard at the same time. This doesn't usually happen. Unfortunately for Cecelia, it was Floyd's "happy time of day" when he gets super playful and will run a little wild if let out in the yard. Cecelia is way to dignified for such shenanigans. Floyd was unfazed by her rather vocal protestations and tried, repeatedly to entice her to join him in a game of tag.
I switched over to continuous focus and tried to capture the hilarity that ensued.
At first he stayed several feet away while he did his "fly-by." Cecelia just watched and growled as he dashed past her at mach 3.
On a side note, I must be getting better at the panning thing because this one came out with Floyd pretty sharp!
As time when on, he started to get more aggressive. Cecelia stood her ground. At one point he even ran into her but she weighs almost as much as he does and was planted firmly so she felt no need to relinquish her spot. She did, however, keep her eyes on him.
Eventually, Cecelia decided she'd had enough of that foolishness and retreated to the safety of the back porch. The amazing thing about it was that Floyd actually pursued!! I caught him changing direction as he realized his "toy" was leaving.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun