As Halloween approaches, I long for the autumn colors that paint the Northeast landscape. Strange how distance and time changes perception. On Oct. 30, 2005, I started shooting with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens attached to the 20D. I regarded these pics as disappointing then, but find them rather appealing today. For sure, the bokeh produced by the lens-camera combination is breathtaking. I shot the trees from our Kensington, Md., front yard.

Neko Sleeps

The Nokia Lumia Icon is consistently one of the best dSLRs I have ever used. You read that right. I don’t desire a big-ass camera carrying this little beauty. I shot all of San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with the smartphone, which delivers even better for video.

I cropped and edited this photo of Neko using Adobe Photoshop Express on Windows 8.1. Zoom in to see detail of the fur.

Joe and Neko

Today I started updating my profile photo with the one taken by my wife this morning. She used the Nokia Lumia Icon, which is a fantastic shooter. I edited and square-cropped (because that’s the profile photo style) using Windows 8.1 app KVADPhoto+ Pro.

The last profile pic had me carrying our long lost Maine Coon Kuma (Japanese for bear). Here I hold Neko (Japanese for cat). Seriously, he’s not that big. It’s an optical illusion, but I don’t mind, seeing is how the contrast makes me look thinner.

Photo Credit: Anne Wilcox