This is Mac and he is a highly evolved animal. And because he is a hunter, he also needs rest. I figure he sleeps 21 hours a day. I also figured that since he seemed pretty ensconced in this red chair, I might be able to get an HDR photo of the sleepy cat. After all, one of the rules for successful HDR photography is a subject that doesn’t move much. A sleeping cat was perfect.
It turned out that Mac moved just enough (eyes go from mostly closed to totally closed; tail is constantly flicking around, etc) that the three exposures were less than perfect. Oh well.
I did get one decent exposure using flash bounced off the ceiling. So here’s Mac. Fierce, wily and dangerous? Nope.
So I guess it’s about time I post something new. And why not something prosaic like a cat?
This cat was one of several who had free reign at a B&B named the Hummingbird House in Road Town, Tortola, BVIs. We stayed there before our chartered sailing trip.
He was sleeping when I saw him and I put the 70-200mm lens on my camera because I figured he wouldn’t let me get too close and still look so relaxed. I suspect he had a name but I never learned it.
I was walking down our hallway to the kitchen on Sunday when I noticed Mac chasing some dark thing towards me. I though it was a toy at first but then I noticed that it was furry and running like hell. I think I might have screamed as Mac and the harry thing ran past me.
I thought it was a mole at first but when I found the animal cowering behind a hard drive in my den, I saw that it was a baby rabbit. Deb came to the rabbit’s rescue and he was released to the wild. In our back yard.
Will Mac find him again? Maybe. Will the rabbit find our deck door wide open, as he did on Sunday? No way!
Mac would never pose for me, of course. So any interesting photo of him is a bit of an accident. I was actually trying to photograph the shadows of the shuttered light on the far wall of the living room when Mac jumped onto the back of the sofa and blocked the very light I was playing with.
At first, I was peeved but then saw the photo opportunity. I took 8 photos but this is the only one where his eyes aren’t shaded. I experimented with turning this into a black and white photo because I think there is a little too much color to distract us from the focal point – which is Mac. In the end, I liked the mix of warm and cool colors, including Mac’s orangish fur. To lessen the bright color of the sofa, I used Photoshop to create a vignette.
And now I like the color. I especially, like the bluish tint on the wooden shades contrasting with Mac’s color. And everybody knows that orangish and bluish are complementary colors.
For a little insight in to the creative and artistic side of photography, watch my screencast about how I edited this photo: http://www.screencast.com/t/YAJHszOtN
This is a Greek kitten, discovered on a back street on the island of Mykonos. He/she is oblivious to my camera and refused to stand still for the photo.
I continue to be impressed with the photographic capabilities of my iPhone 4. It shoots pretty clean photos in marginal light. It also lets me do macro photography. AND I can selectively focus, which means I can do things with this camera that most point and shoot cameras can’t do.
This photo of Mac isn’t exactly the best way to showcase the camera’s capabilities, but I’m using it to start a shorts series of iPhone photos. Frankly, I was looking for something to do a macro photo with and I searched for some living thing that didn’t move much. So it was either the plants or Mac. And I chose Mac.
Getting a portrait of a of a subject that keeps moving and refuses to listen to instructions isn’t easy – especially in low light.
This is Lucy, Brian and Katie’s cat. Lucy lived with us for a few months but doesn’t really act like she knows me. But, being a cat, she didn’t generally act like she knew me then, either.
Canon 5DII 1/40s f/1.2 ISO1000 50mm
My son Brian helped me resurrect some photos I had taken years ago. There were 90 in the collection but I chose this one, mainly because of the amazing blue eyes. I’m guessing that not everyone looking at my blog thinks every kitten is automatically photogenic. You’ll have to move on to other things if you are one of those people. . . .
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This one showed up in a folder of film scans I hadn’t looked at in a long time. Mac is fairly young in the picture and looks a little suspicious – he’s probably afraid of my camera.