I hadn't had the nerve to venture back here for a week.
Yes, absolutely I'm taking as many shots of my furry boy as possible. I had a dog from when I was 8-24, and that was mostly before the era of cheap, good digital photography. I have very few pictures of him young and healthy. Many of him old and frail, but I wish I had more of him looking good. Toby will get lots of shots. I even still have a few from my old D40, which I hated using, but gave me some decent pics of him.
As for the dragon mural, I'll take another go at it. I think I'm going to try to pick up a used 40 STM locally. I was INTENDING the mural to be in focus, but the nifty isn't known for pegging focus, apparently. Lots of murals here in Austin. There is (or used to be) a Space Invaders one somewhere around.
Color temperature, I realized, is all over the place because of the horrific TN panel on the laptop I'm using. The pic below of my cat is done twice, once to look good on the laptop, then when I saw it on my Surface it looked like a demon cat in hell, so I redid it very pale (according to the laptop). Any suggestions on improvement, or do I just need to suck it up and do editing upstairs on my work monitor?
I'm also hoping this one is better, artistically. I know the framing is off, but I was rushing just to get the shot at ALL with him feeling it was bedtime. He splashes water on his nose when he drinks, and one drop stayed there all the way upstairs and onto the bed, and I got it in focus with what looks to me like a fairly narrow DOF. He doesn't like looking at me when I'm holding the camera up, unfortunately.
First up is the demon-looking one, then the more neutral one.