Bruno Boy

Our Staffordshire Lab Mix – Bruno!

Amazon Cloud Drive for Prime

If you’re a Prime member, here’s another perk – Free, unlimited cloud storage for all of your photos; regardless of size / quality. Google Photos offered something similar this year, up to 16 megapixel with a paid/storage usage option if your originals are higher resolution. The Amazon solution actually backs up digital negatives (DNG), so you can truly secure your original quality pictures, if you’re serious about photography.  I was just testing it out below, and sure enough – found a recent DNG of my dog, cleaned it up in Photoshop and posted. Shot this with my new Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens. Haven’t tried it outside just yet, but so far I love the lens – you can see the quality in the picture below. The Amazon cloud option is nice if you need to get to some original backups while you’re on the go!

Check it out here – Amazon Cloud Drive. For Prime members, you get free unlimited photo storage and 5 GB of video and files. You can pay $59.99 per year and get free unlimited everything. Definitely worth checking out!


Bruno Boy – Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

2015 Is Here…!

Today, the first day of 2015, was a beautiful and sunny 35 degree day in central Iowa. My parents are in town and they head back to San Diego tomorrow morning. Southern California had their share of snow and cold weather this week, a highly unusual event. We’ve had a bitter chill happening here, but no snow unfortunately. We were hoping for a White Christmas and it didn’t happen. Shot some aerial video today; my Dad and I out running my dog and filming from my Quadcopter :

Wishing everyone a Happy 2015! Make this year the best…

Bruno and the Snow! Thanksgiving in Des Moines, 2014

We got about 3″ of snow overnight. This is our second “real” snow this year and I’ve learned that I need a better snow blower. I found one on Craigslist that is two stage, and that’s what I need to really throw the snow out of here and clear the driveway quickly. Bruno is out having fun in it. Here are a few pictures.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable extended weekend…

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Halloween & Beggar’s Night

In Iowa, the people celebrate Halloween one night early; and it’s called Beggars Night. The kids trick or treat from 6pm-8pm with a hard stop, which is nice. They have jokes to tell as well, which we found pleasantly and unusually surprising – some funny ones too. Tomorrow night, Halloween, will be quiet – the trick or treating is done. Bruno had a great time seeing all of the kids, and everyone got a kick out of his monkey costume this year.

Bruno Boy and his monkey ears

Bruno Boy and his monkey ears


Bruno’s monkey sweater

Bruno Boy

Bruno stayed at our friends’ house over the weekend. We were not sure how he would do with children, since he hasn’t interacted with kids outside of our supervision. Needless to say, he did great – so we are extremely proud of him. By the end of the weekend, he was park of the family and didn’t want to leave. Hope he gets a chance to go back soon!

Bruno and Jordan laying in the sun…


Bruno and Jordan hanging out…

Jordan with his new buddy…