1955 Cadillac Fleetwood

My Dad has a collection of small model cars that he uses to map out his plans for work (he drives cars and does stunts for a living) that he had sitting out a couple of days ago, so I decided to photograph his model 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood, the red and white beauty you can see below.

I actually had a little bit of inspiration for one of my photos, and that came from Kim Leuenberger’s photo, shown below next to the photo I took after being inspired by hers.


Take me home, to the place where I'm from by Kim Leuenberger on 500px.com

Take me home, to the place where I’m from by
Kim Leuenberger

As you can see, there are many similarities, though it wasn’t like I was trying to emulate the photo – in fact, I hadn’t realized it looked so much like it until after I had taken it, looked at it, and thought “Wow, this looks really familiar.” So I went on over to my 500px account and took a look at my favorites, and low and behold, found it to be the very first photo I had favorited on the site. So, I decided to share a little bit about the background of this photo on my blog, since my inspiration truly wasn’t mine to begin with.

I’d also like to give a really big shout out to Kim Leuenberger (the photographer of the original photo that inspired mine) for the awesome shot. A quick summary about Kim can be found on her website at http://kimleuenberger.com/about, where she also has a huge gallery of other photos of miniature objects she’s taken. While I wasn’t able to find out too much about her aside from what was on her website, Kim Leuenberger says of herself that she is “hungry to discover more of the world and be a real explorer,” which I feel is a great way to go through life (and results in a number of interesting photos, as well.)

I really enjoyed taking some macro shots of miniatures, and I’m going to have to look into trying to take some more of different model objects sometime in the near future. Until next time, this is me, signing off.

Note: For more about Kim Leuenberger, check out her website at www.kimleuenberger.com.

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Casey

My dog Casey and I have grown up together – we got him as a puppy when I was six, and he’s been a member of our family ever since. Now, ten years down the line, we’re still best buds. Casey, like a typical Yellow Lab, is very mellow and friendly, and he’s always looking for something to eat. While Casey and I were hanging out outside today, I decided to take some pictures of him, which I then decided to share with you fine folks. Here are some of the shots from today.

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved dogs (Yellow Labs, mainly, and with good reason.) After all, they do say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs being my favorite animal, I decided to do a little more research into the history and background of my favorite breed: Labrador Retrievers. Casey is a big dog, even by Labrador Retriever standards: he’s very tall, and weighs 120 pounds or so, while the average for most Labs is anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds, though he’s really friendly and gentle. According to the American Kennel Club, Labrador Retrievers are “outgoing and devoted companions,” which definitely stands true for Casey.

A Little History

Labs were originally from Newfoundland (not Labrador, which I found really surprising) and were (and still are) used for hunting and water dogs. While considered a sporting breed, Labs are also used for companion dogs, and are extremely popular as pets, being one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

A Brief Casey Story

When Casey and I were little, Casey had free roam of the garage, which was also the room where his food, toys, and treats were stored. One day, Dad went outside to feed Casey his dinner, but when he set down his bowl of kibble, Casey (who usually jumped at any opportunity to get food) sat staring at the bowl, not budging an inch. He looked like he “swallowed a cantaloupe,” according to my parents. It was then Dad noticed a chewed up box of Scooby-Snacks dog treats, previously filled nearly to the top and now completely empty. Needless to say, Casey, innocently guilty, didn’t want to eat his dinner that night.

I’ll be adding some more photos of Casey (and possibly another story or two) soon, but until then, that concludes this post.

For more information of Labrador Retrievers, check out a couple of these awesome web resources: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htmhttp://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/index.cfm, and http://www.cc-labrescue.org/top_dog.html.