Meet Cringer, or Battle Cat, He Answers to Both.

Meet Cringer, or Battle Cat, He Answers to Both.

 

Meet Cringer! Sometimes he turns into Battle Cat when he gets feisty.

Today I wanted to share some images I took using my Nikon D5100 with the standard 18-55mm kit lens and the macro setting (I was using the 55mm setting). I’m still learning all of the features, but I think some of these turned out pretty well.

Note: I learned that it’s probably easier to do macro-style shots when your subject is stationary. Trying to get my cat to sit still was like, well, herding cats. I don’t usually think about how fast he is until he shoots out of the frame. I ended up having to wait until he saw a bird or was chasing bugs outside the window. Seeing his tail wagging so rapidly was pretty hilarious.

I’ve been looking at getting a Nikon 35mm or 50mm lens with an F Stop of 1.8, but I’m thinking about holding off until I really get a handle on everything the kit lens can do. Unfortunately I can’t seem to get my F Stop below 5 when shooting 55mm, so getting enough light into the lens is an issue. I also really like the look of having the subject in focus and the background blurred. Which settings and lens would you suggest to get that effect?

What do you think of the shots? Does anyone have any tips for using the Nikon D5100 that could help? Perhaps you have some tips for getting a cat to sit still? 😛

Extra Fun Facts:

– Cringer just turned 1!
– Cringer is a tiny cat. Seriously. He’s pocket-sized.
– Cringer likes sleeping in his cubby hole (don’t ask), cuddling, and scratching the couch even though there’s a scratching post right there…
– He responds to no less than eight names. Not that he listens to any of them.
– Cringer always looks surprised. Always.



The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish Cover Revealed!

The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish Cover Revealed!

Death Wish Cover

The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish cover is revealed! It is a little bit of a departure from the covers of the first two novels as far as the background. Tell me what you think of the cover in the comments below. Have you read the series yet?

For those who haven’t yet read the series, here’s a link to Book 1 and Book 2 to get you caught up. Death Wish comes out this summer, 2015, so you have a few months to get up to speed!

Also, the Dirge of the Corsairs companion music video to Death Wish has been released on Youtube.

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Science Sunday: NASA’s Chief Scientist Predicts We’ll Find Alien Life by 2025

In a recent panel discussion, NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan predicted we would find evidence of alien life within a decade, followed by definitive proof within the next 20 to 30 years. I’ve talked about this previously, but it seems more and more respected scientists are coming out and talking about this. Now, I don’t believe NASA will find intelligent life within 20 to 30 years, but I can definitely see us finding microbes or vegetation of some kind.

However, there is one thing that I’ve been thinking about for a while now that bothers me. If we do find some form of alien life, in whatever form it happens to come in, how will that affect Science Fiction? Will our visions of the future be limited by what we know? Will the futures we write about be extrapolations of this ‘new’ world where knowledge of alien life exists already?

The premise behind a lot of Science Fiction is that alien life surfaces and most or all people don’t believe in it. If it starts being taken as a given that alien life exists, it will affect, necessarily, how authors write. If we do find alien life, there will surely be doubters, there will be new cults or religions formed, some may flee the religions that are currently out there while some others might flock to the religions to seek answers. There’s a number of ways this could go from a storytelling standpoint as well as from a ‘realistic’ standpoint.  After watching the Batman V Superman trailer, it seems like Science Fiction is already changing to become more realistic given what we know.

Do you think we’ll find alien life? If so, in what form will we find it? How will the human race react? Has NASA lost it? Is Science Fiction doomed? So many questions! Leave your comments below!