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" Scary Movie "

By cameracat
Hi folks,

LOL...Smile Back on the cat images again.....!!!

Those of you cat fans will know about cat expressions, Some aficionados claim that cats only have one expression.....!

They are wrong, Some cat expressions are plain as day, But mostly they are subtle and you really need to be a cat to figure them out....Grin

The problem with reading the expressions is our human brains, Far to complex and full of all sorts of stuff that makes us a tad blind to the simplicity involved in creature communication....Sad

I don't profess to know and understand all the expressions of our feline friends, But I do recognize the regular ones, Like the expression my cats have when I arrive home having been out for a few hours, Its pretty obvious that they are pleased to see me.....Smile

By contrast we have the above expression, I call it the " W T F " expression, ie: W T F is that....Smile LOL....Sorry if my sense of humour is not to everyones taste.....Tongue

So to the above image, Shot in available light ( Not much of it ) at ISO-2500, Lens wide open at f/2.8, Still only getting around 1/30s to 1/40s ..!

An assistant with a very small pretend spider on a string was essential to hold the cats attention......Grin

The area of focus is very shallow, About 6 to 8mm max, Thats just over a quarter of an inch old money, The eye on the right being the target area.

To make life easier I often use the " AF/AE " lock controls ( Most if not all DSLRs have them ) This allows you to lock onto your chosen target point, In this case the eye, Then move the camera for a better composition, Of course you can move the " Focus " point, But in very low light situations you'll find that the " Cross " between vertical and horizontal contrast detection works better on the centre focus point, Its a technical point worth remembering, But don't get to hung up on it.......Smile

Here I chose to use my 105mm macro lens, Mainly for better working distance, It also has VR image stabilizing, Though that was off for this frame.

Hope that makes sense to those interested.....Smile

Big thanks to " Pixel " my tiny but perfect little girl model, My other half working the string & spider.....Grin

As you can see it has been post worked over, But nothing to complex, Though getting the right tone took some time, No its not razor sharp all over, That is intentional, I wanted atmosphere of the moment, Not an image for encyclopedia usage.....LOL....Wink


Tags: Scary Expression Close up Black cat Pets and captive animals Norfolk 2011

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lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 1:29PM
A lovely shot!!! Smile

I completely agree with what you say. I have 3 cats myself and their expressions are always amusing... 2 of mine are black and I struggle with their photos, other is a tabby and he is wonderful for photos! But mi e like to headbutt my camera lol!!

Anyhow.... Yes a wonderful capture x x

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
31 Mar 2011 2:39PM
A super close-up, wonderful eyes..............Sandy
Gemma9 7 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 3:00PM
Very nice image. The eyes really stand out
Sue_R 10 11 6 Scotland
31 Mar 2011 3:43PM
Beautiful cat and your write up made me smile Smile

Sue Smile
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
31 Mar 2011 4:19PM
I knew this was yours right away, Vince! You have a way of making a black cat photo magical!
Yes, cats have different expressions - the way they hold their ears tells a lot too, and the size of their pupils.
Gorgeous shot!
Hey Vince
Another cracking capture. Yes if you do not own a cat its easy to assume they have one expression, but us cat owners know that there are many more. Smile Well done.
soulofharmony 6 22 1 Norfolk Island
31 Mar 2011 6:15PM
Love it When my " Cat's "give me that....W.T.F. expression.. Wink

This is to die for ... Vince.. of course a true fan of pixel and pixie.... ! gotta be feline to understand..Tongue

Nikki ! xx
31 Mar 2011 6:30PM
I have a black cat too,when I try to photograph him he just looks very bored and won't respond to anything I do,just plain awkward!
cameracat 12 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
31 Mar 2011 6:48PM
Cheers folks,

Sorry to go on a bit in the description area, But I know many a cat fan who might be interested in some of the techno bits, Especially you peeps with black mogs.....Smile

Cats are tricky at the best of times, Black ones are even harder, I have been trying for years to capture them, Occasionally I think I'm getting close....!!!

Hi Nikki, Your back....Smile

Thank you one and all......
maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 10:13PM
It's not only cats that give you that WTF look - my family often give it to me. That's why I recognise it. I like the slight softness of this portrait. Thanks for the info.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
1 Apr 2011 12:46PM
Like those eye Vince, good tones and too.
Well worked.
Regards Richard
User_Removed 9 17 5 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 3:41PM
You've captured a great expression which looks even better a low angle. Your photo is very sharp with plenty of detail and no noise considering the ISO you used.

Cat expressions, like so many other animals, is part of their own language. Most of their communication is wih body language which involves their whole body incuding their expressions, stance tail movements, a twitch of a part of their body etc.

We have quite a few cats. They have all been rescued from strays. We have rehomed those that can be rehomed. We have kept some as pets and the others are cats that are too wild or have been disfigured by injuries and cannot be rehomed. We also have cats that come to us daily to be fed, but remain to live their lives as strays.

My wife does most of the work (it's not easy to build a cattery from a wheelchair). She has been extending a cattery this weekend and she insists in having it just right so it looks good as well as being functional.

Anyway I like your portfolio.
Keep it going.

A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 7:34PM
superb result from a well planned shoot - expression priceless.
6 Apr 2011 3:20PM
A lovely shot.Well done...Lin
JustDucky 5 8 Canada
2 May 2011 4:36PM
lovely shot

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