Here’s Billy Lee on the couch, trying to sleep but cranky from being woken up by the photographer hovering near her face. This photo was taken in relatively low light using the Lumix G2’s kit lens. You can tell it was low light by the size of her pupils (as opposed to the next photo, taken outdoors)!
The rest of the Billy Lee photos in this post were taken with the Lumix 20mm f1.7 ASPH (pancake) lens. Here’s Billy Lee sitting on her favourite bench on the patio.
And then, a get-up-arch-the-back-and-stretch yawn. She looks like she’s imitating Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian tiger in captivity. You may notice in this photo that Billy Lee wears a pink collar with diamontes on it. I’m not a big fan of “blue for boys” and “pink for girls”, but Jac bought the collar because many people think Billy Lee is male, presumably because of her name and her large size. Jac thought a pink sparkly collar might help Billy Lee look more like a female cat. No such luck. But the most common phrase from visitors who see her remains to be: “Ooh, he’s much bigger than Pixel, isn’t he?” Of course, she is blissfully unaware and has no gender identity crises herself.
After her big stretch and yawn, Billy Lee jumped off the bench and sank to the ground where the tiles were nicely warmed from the sun.
Pixel is a lot harder to photograph than Billy Lee because she never sits still for long. Most of the time if she sees me approaching with the camera in my hand she will run away or refuse to look at me. The photos of Pixel that you see in this post were taken after much persistence from me! In the photo below, she is watching intently as Jac serves up our dinner. This photo was taken using the kit lens.
The rest of the photos of Pixel were taken using the Lumix 20mm f1.7 ASPH (pancake) lens. Once in a while Pixel enjoys sitting on the folding camp chair. In the photo below she’s looking at the camera for once, but her facial expression and ears say it all: “You are very annoying!”
She likes to jump up on the barbecue (which is covered when not in use), where she sits very still, looking like a statue.
My favourite photo of Pixel so far taken with the new camera. Twilight movie fans, when I see this picture I think Pixel is just on the verge of glistening like Edward Cullen in the sun.
As you can tell, I’m enjoying the ability to change lenses. The Lumix 20mm f1.7 (pancake) lens (review at dpreview.com) is much smaller and flatter than the kit lens (like a pancake, hence “pancake” lens) and therefore even more portable. So far, I’ve found it great for food photos, brilliant for shallow depth of field shots with out-of-focus backgrounds (yep, great for bokeh) and excellent in low light. It’s relatively expensive – I paid just under AU$700 for it – but it’s been totally worth it, as you’ll see in the photos to come.