Wide-Angle Cats

27 March 2006 · 4 comments

O, rejoice! ye who crave cat photos. I have heard your prayers, and I will provide. Am I not good?

Yes, the sun shone this morning, and its warmth lured me outdoors. With the cats. And the camera. And a wide-angle lens. Simon was none too happy, I’m afraid. After about ten minutes of me shoving the lens in his face (you’ve got to get really close with a wide-angle lens, otherwise you don’t get the photos you want), he started giving me warning yowls. I left him alone and photographed flowers for a while instead.

Nemo, as a Siamese, is restless. It’s difficult to get a photograph of him because he rarely stops moving. However, he did pause for a few moments today to soak up the sun:

Simon, too, is difficult to photograph. He’ll sit still, sure, but not if somebody’s paying attention to him. And pointing a camera at him counts as “paying attention”, which means it’s time to go get some lovin’…

Toto, on the other hand, is happy to sit still. Too bad she’s not photogenic. In her first photo, she looks almost sweet. Almost.

In the second photo, she demonstrates two important photographic principles. First, depth-of-field is influenced by both your distance to the subject and your choice of focal length. Second, film (and, in this case, a digital camera CCD) has a limited dynamic range: photographing a black cat in bright sunlight is never going to work because the camera just can’t capture the range of light.

I took more photos than this, obviously. You can find a few others on my Flickr page.

1 Toto March 27, 2006 at 21:18

I am photogenic! Maybe the problem is the photographer?

2 Lee March 28, 2006 at 08:57

Wow, are Nemo’s eyes really that blue? And I have a nearly irresistible urge to pet Simon’s nose…

3 Joel March 28, 2006 at 13:17

Cats cats, everywhere!

4 Diquets family April 9, 2006 at 06:29

owwwww so beatiful your cats!
You are 3 Diquets (one dog and 3 cats), Look in our page!!

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