Inspired by author-photographer Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm, I bought a Canon Rebel 2i camera. I’m still in the “Auto” phase, trying to learn the camera before I actually take a class and have more questions. It’s a great camera with a lot of bells and whistles, that should keep me busy for hours and hours. However, I’m finding that taking pictures of animals requires a lot of patience. My dogs don’t like looking at the new big “eye” coming out of the center of my face. I think I’ll follow Katz’ advice and give the photo session a word, followed by a treat so the dogs enjoy looking at the camera. Here are my best pictures so far.