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Old Dec 26, 2010, 1:56 AM   #1
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Today I got a chance to photograph a cat, something I rarely get a chance to do. The cat belongs to a relative, so I have no chance to train it to ignore the camera. Here are a couple that I thought came out all right.



These were all processed on my laptop, so I'm not entirely sure about the processing.



I don't know who had more fun with this remote controlled mouse, the cat or my niece.





The cat has a real bottle-brush tail.



The tail end.



I think the white balance is off on the last one, but it could be the monitor. All pictures taken with the K7 and FA 77 Ltd.
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Old Dec 26, 2010, 2:58 AM   #2
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Great set and a very pretty cat. As a cat lover i know how good they are at spoiling pictures, this one seems to be a very good 'model'. You have captured the cats personality quite well.

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Old Dec 26, 2010, 3:33 AM   #3
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That's a Puuurrr-fect set, mtngal...!

Thay all say "Cat"...!
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Great shots Harriet,
"don't know who had more fun with this remote controlled mouse, the cat or my niece" or you taking pictures.

pson't see any problems with the processing.
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Meow!
#3 and #4 are the "cat moments" for me, so typical! Nice to see you had fun watching the cat and taking the photos!

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You attempted photographing perhaps one of the most difficult subjects on earth!! You almost need 2 people to do a good cat shoot--one to attract the cat's attention and you to operate the camera. The harderst thing about photographing cats is that the moment they see you, most cats will approach rather than sitting still for a while. And they do not understand the command "stay" either.

I like #1 the best in your series. The focus on the eyes really makes the image work for me.

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Old Dec 26, 2010, 9:22 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the compliments. Ronny, you are right, I had a great time photographing the cat. I sometimes had trouble with the exposure and the flash, most of the time I use the 540 off-camera for macro stuff, using it on-camera gave me different results and I had trouble judging things. Flash is more than point and push the shutter and I don't use it enough to get a good feel for it (hmm - perhaps I should work on that this year).

What I thought interesting was that I spent Christmas using only 2 lenses - the DA 35 macro and the FA 77. I had the 50-135 with me but didn't bother using it. I found that while a large aperture worked with some of the cat pictures, like the first one (taken at f3.5) I should have used a smaller one for more of them. And I probably should have used continuous focus more - often I would get it all the way I wanted and then the cat would move.
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- often I would get it all the way I wanted and then the cat would move.
Cats are almost psychic in their ability to do that...
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Puuurrrrrdy! I agree with Jehan that #1 rocks.

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Beautimous, Harriet.
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