At the moment we have some pretty strong winds here in Germany, especially so in the North. And if you believe the forecasts, it won’t change for a while. So this ain’t no weather for long walks, not even with a camera. In fact, everyone seems to be happy to be inside.


Outside it’s windy – but the floor is nice and warm

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Kind & Katze

Since the new year began three days ago, I’ve only taken photos of the family, and also of the cat (which is a member of this family, too). Took some with flash, some with available room and/or the modeling lights of the studio strobes, and some using daylight. But almost all of them – except the first one of Tuna the cat – with the camera set to black & white, and with the same Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 lens, which has the angle of view of a “normal” lens on our ยต43rds cameras.

Here are some of them:







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Happy new year from the Loniens!


Tuna the cat, January 1st, 2015

Like every year, we watched some TV yesterday, and then the fireworks. And like every year, it scares the hell out of our cat, Tuna, who hid under our bed since about 10 to 12 until this afternoon.

Normally we wouldn’t allow her to sit on our dining table. But she was eating the grass leaves off the decoration, and I couldn’t help it but to take a picture of her.

So to all who read this, a happy new year 2015. Thanks for coming back and for looking at the pictures and for reading those short stories about our lives.

Tuna the cat on December 30th, 2014

Our cat prepared to sleep, and I bounced one of the studio strobes over the wall at my right shoulder:


Tuna the cat, December 2014

Olympus E-PL5 with M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 at f/3.5, Simock E300 studio strobe with standard reflector bounced over a wall at 1/8th power.

Almost out of camera conversion of the raw file. I seldomly do much post processing anyway (since I prefer to get as much right in the camera as I can).

Update, from later on the same evening:

Ok – here is one which is slightly edited using The Gimp:


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Some photos I took since yesterday


Edible cats


Tablet vs. TV set


Dozing cat. Cropped 16:9 from original 4:3 image.


Tuna the cat, December 2014


Looking at some birds…

All photos were taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera. The first one with the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens, the rest with the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 at ISO values between 200 and 1600. Available (room) light.

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The daily cat photo, in black and white

At the moment I take at least one photo per day of Tuna, our cat. And I’m also reducing them in camera to black & white and add colour only if I think it adds something to the picture. Still they can be very different. Yesterday’s picture for instance shows a sleeping cat, and tho I took it using flash, I reduced contrast to get a more moody or dreamy look:


Today’s image is the complete opposite: a highly alert cat, with daylight at ISO 1000:


Both were taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera and the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 lens, both times fully open at f/1.4.

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Cat in a box

Tuna the cat just loves it when we get new packages, and leave them opened on the floor.


Tuna the cat, December 2014


Tuna the cat, December 2014

Both images were taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera and the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 lens at f/2, and ISO 2500. Still the exposures were quite long, since the LED room lights aren’t that bright.

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Tuna’s birthday

Zuleikha decided that December 5th is the birthday of Tuna, our cat. Since the cat chose us when we moved in here, we don’t know her real date of birth, so our small one just made that up. It’s explained in the birthday card the girl made for our furry friend:



And I took some photos after I came home from work. Our cat was well fed and obviously enjoyed the heated floor:



Bigger files on Flickr as always.

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Tuna on Zuleikha’s chair

While we were getting ready to go shopping, Tuna sat down on Zuleikha’s chair. She loves places which are nice and cuddly – especially when they’re also useful as a lookout:


Tuna the cat on a high chair, November 2014

Taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera and the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 lens at f/2, with ISO 800. No noise reduction, as usual almost no post-processing except from adjusting the white balance, exposure, and contrast a bit.

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