Meeting Miss Lawton

In Boneventure Cemetery, there is but one monument that stands out among the rest. Although it is not towering high, or even massive in volume, it has drawn myself as well as hundreds of others to seek it. It’s a plain statue. A portrait of stone. To say it is simple would be unjust, but it truly is. It’s just a young girl, in the likeness of the deceased, posed ever so appropriately at the side of her own grave. She looks as if she is weeping for the loss of herself. But alas, she is not weeping. She has no eyes, no true expression, just spheres of stone. If you look close enough, you may see them. You may even believe them to move. Her mouth is posed open, in just a slight way. You cannot tell if it is meant to express surprise, loss, confusion, helplessness, hopelessness. Part of you wants to tell her that she will be okay. But then you realize, she is not real. It’s an illusion and an image which has ingrained itself into the minds and continues to haunt all of those who visit… Including myself.

Her epitaph reads, “Allured to brighter worlds and led the way.” What a beautiful sentiment. Such a nice way of indicating someone has passed. I can somehow picture the statue, coming to life, with her flowy dress and clutching her flowery wreath, running through the flowers and trees, finding a brighter world. All the while, the mortals (we) follow her lead…Not knowing what is next, but following, nevertheless…

There are many tails about Corinne Elliott Lawton, the person who came before the corpse who now lies in this plot. Stories have spun through the centuries until a tale of unattainable love and suicide is concocted, and is now fed to tour groups daily. Alas, it is but a fable.

Corinne, living in the dark times she did, was stricken by an illness. According to her mother’s diary from around that time, it appeared to be a severe respiratory infection of some sort. Or perhaps even a dreadful common cold. (Yellow Fever epidemic? Pneumonia? The Flu?) Days passed, and Corinne appeared to be doing better, however the illness reared its ugly head once more and finally took Corinne down with it. Written in her mother’s diary, Corinne drew her last breath on January 24th, 1877.

Corinne’s father was of nobility, of high rank in the confederate army, hence the elaborate statue you find in Boneventure. He commissioned a famous Italian artist to create the likeness of his beloved daughter and turn her into stone. Now she sits there eternally.

He did a fine job.

Meet Corinne.

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Animal Photography: Fuzzy Faces of November (Humane Society)

Last week was pretty exciting for me, because I broke down and bought a prime that I’ve been lusting after for quite a while. The 50mm f/1.2L finally arrived to my house after much anticipation. I’ve shot with the nifty fifty 1.8, upgraded to the 1.4, and found the focal length great, but the 1.4 wasn’t really up to snuff. So instead of buying a new copy of the 1.4, I decided to go ahead and get the 1.2. The ultimate prime lens for working in super wide aperture (1.2 to 2.8 is spectacular!) The images are beautiful, crisp, and I found that I had far less throwaways. The color is good, not perfect. It doesn’t require much adjustment in lightroom at all. The histo-curves are to die for if you have your settings right. Shooting in manual wasn’t hard with this lens. it gobbles up light and produces beautiful, creamy bokeh. πŸ™‚

Now, to the fun part… Here are a few of my favorite HS shelter photos from last week. More can be seen on their website and Facebook Page.

Sally… my favorite dog of our session. Sweet as pie.

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The face of mischief:

 

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Dixie, the pit bull that ate her owners lawn chairs πŸ˜‰

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Dash the super smart terrier:

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Hello….. πŸ™‚

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Favorite beautiful kitty cat of the day… this guy… –>

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Stunning Red! –>

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And my boy Rocky, who finally got a haircut –>

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Another curious kitten –>

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Cats are quite fun to photo. So exquisite –>

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A Few Furry Faces

These are a few faces up for adoption at Dub Laurens HS 478-272-5341

It’s just a taste.. I have many more to come. Another volunteer project has come up, also pet photography related. You’ll see.

Here they are:

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These aren’t full res because they are on the Facebook page and I’m uploading mobile. Forgive.

Lastly, all were taken on 6D in outdoor light (overcast day) with the 24-70mm f/2.8L II

More to come when I’m not half comatose past my bedtime! πŸ™‚

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Fabulous Furry Faces of September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to have to start it off with my favorite kitten of the week… Meet Gizzie. What a spastic mess this thing is, but man, if I had room for 1 more cat, she’d be at my house. She is totally neurotic, looks insane, and meows constantly. I loved every ounce of her craziness…

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MEOW! — Not as sharp as I’d like the image to be, but this little thing would not be still! She’s too cute not to share.

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Don’t fall in love… this little one is adopted πŸ™‚

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This little girl is also adopted and is now called Bella.

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Another very photogenic feline waiting for adoption.

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Meet Buttercup, one of the shelter employee’s own dogs. She was being so photogenic, I couldn’t help but snap her.

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Chewy is still available. Loved this girl.

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Maddie is still waiting.

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Kaycee is also still waiting.

 

All photos shown here taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens. Processed in digital darkroom.

 

Furry Faces

I made it to the shelter earlier this week after work. It was hot and they were short handed, so I crawled in the pens and took a few photos of pups up for adoption. I won’t post them all, but I’d like to share a few of my favorite photos. You can see all the photos of available animals on the Dublin Laurens County Humane Society Facebook page.

 

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All photos were taken with Canon 6D and 24-75mm f/2.8L II lens in shaded sunlight around 5:00PM.

 

For more information on any animals pictured:

Dublin / Laurens Humane Society
618 Firetower Rd
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone / Fax: 478.272.5341

 

Black Cats

One of the most photogenic creatures on earth is a cat. Of course I don’t have much opportunity to photograph lions and tigers, but the common house cat is just as beautiful. Seriously.

I was at the Humane Society adoption event this Saturday taking the available animals photos and they had brought in a new black cat. I was completely enamoured by this cat. When you think of a “Halloween Cat” this is the cat you picture. Her eyes are fantastic. I could not leave her crate, I kept shooting until I could get the perfect shot of those EYES!

 

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There was little to no post processing done with this photo. The 24-70 is just that sharp. Oh how I love it!

 

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I just love those eyes.

 

Both photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens in natural light by window

Did you say, Pupcorn!?

Today, I decided to arm myself with a pocket full of Pupcorn and take the “big guys” out today to catch some pictures before the rain. The clouds were nice and it wasn’t so stinkin’ hot outside. Humid, though. The lens fogged up the second I walked out. Nothing a good wipe and some palm heat won’t fix. Buckley got left inside this time because he was in the middle of napping, and when that occurs you appreciate the serenity and leave him be.

Thor:

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(Thor will do anything for Pupcorn. Ask him if he “wants a nom nom” and you get a nice head tilt, too.)

Duncan:

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(This picture was ridiculously hard to take. Duncan is terrified of my camera for some reason. Plus the neighbor’s dog was barking and he was far more interested in what he had to say than Mommy harassing him to smile.)

 

All pictures taken with Canon 6D in overcast weather with the 24-70mm f/2.8L II

A Few More Animals from Today…

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 272-5341
Hours of Operation
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed – Sun

The cats pictured in this album are for adoption at PetSense (via Humane Society) which is located by the mall in Dublin.

Orange and white kitten Β twin #1:

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Orange and white kitten twin #2:

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Siamese:

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Lacy:

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Missy again:

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Little Black and Tan Boy (AC-2950)

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Photos taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens or 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens

More Animals for Adoption (Dublin, Georgia)

Headed out to the Dublin Laurens Humane Society after work. We got some of the dogs that have been at the shelter the longest. Some of these guys (and girls) have been there since January! We need to get them adopted out! Photos and status are current as of posting date.

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021 Phone: (478) 272-5341 Hours of Operation Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed – Sunday. If you are interested or would like to forward to rescue, PLEASE contact the shelter ASAP.

Hunter (1 year old yellow male lab mix):

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Shiloh (young female hound mix):

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Missy (1 year old female setter mix):

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Fluffy (young female Australian Shepherd mix):

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Rocky (young setter/border mix):

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Patches (5 month old male pointer mix):

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Jasper (5 month old male pointer mix):

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All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.