This is about all the “wildlife” I can find at the moment—our cat Lucy, siting in her favorite chair. Nothing really that special about this photo, other than it’s pretty sharp, and her eyes really stand out. I used a new external flash I got for Christmas to take this photo, mounted on my Canon G11 camera. What I did differently from the way I used to use my flash (on any camera), is to dial down the flash output by quite a bit before using it up close. Take several shots to compare which is best. This way, what you get is more natural looking; e.g. no flash used. I watched an online photo tutorial a week or so that gave me this tip. This is a key point. NEVER stop learning. There is so much available online today in the way of “how do I do that”, that not taking advantage is a shame. You are never too old to stop learning.

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