Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Cat in the Window


Blogger micki said...

I drove my oldest to her friend’s house a couple of weekends ago, and on the way home I stopped to do some shooting. It was cloudy and dreary, but I don’t get time to shoot alone but once in a blue moon. I had the camera set up on a tripod to take some abstract shots of store rooftops and awnings in my little downtown village, when I noticed that in the front window of the oriental rug cleaning store I was standing in front of, I had attracted the attention of a curious cat. He sat in the window watching me for a few minutes while I shot happily away. The glare on the window was very strong, and despite the use of my polarizer, I couldn’t cut through all of it. The lens couldn’t focus on the cat, and kept focusing on the window instead. Thank goodness the cat had that bell around his neck, because I used that to lock focus on. When he let out a little yawn, just as I was about to shoot, I knew I would have my best of the series.

Had a great time shooting with the Holga yesterday. Two frames left. Also took some shots with a roll of T-max 3200. I loaded that into my Minolta 9000, as it’s the only camera I have with shutter speeds that go up to 1/4000. I knew I’d want some limited dof with my compositions, and that I wouldn’t be able to go as wide with the other two cameras, whose shutter speed limits are 1/2000. Sure enough, a couple of my shots ended up as 1/3000 and 1/4000. This is going to be a fun roll of film to shoot.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak VC ISO 160
Shutter Speed - 1/500
Aperture Setting - f-4 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm lens
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - York Photo Labs’ scan

7:52 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

LOL...This one reminds of the one I got of my sweet little Missy:

Isn't great to make a catch like that! Love it!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Fraser said...

I love the "our Beacon" and the prices and the cat looking very indifferent to it all!! Great shot.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki you know "catwoman" naturegirl
LOVES this photo."Ho Hum said the cat another human taking my picture."

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

WOW!!!! I thought that was a toy cat until I read your post....Kudos for such a good catch. Weldone Micki

8:59 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Don't you just love it when things line up just right for your shot? Now the only problem is that, even in pictures, yawns seem to be contagious. I'm ready for bed! ;-)

9:08 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

great picture Micki.. Cats are such diffident creatures at times, this one may have been yawning thinking 'she should have gone with digital...'

9:15 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Yawning is it? It looks to me like it just heard a good one.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That put a smile on my face! Good capture!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

This cat looks like he is laughing so hard. Priceless!

10:44 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

That's a very comical moment you've captured. Thanks so much for giving me a smile at the end of this tiring day. :)

11:10 AM  
Anonymous ronn said...

hahaha... i did not smile, but can't stop laughing. this one is real cute.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

You caught the opportune moment. Very good photo.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous shaped said...

rofl. very funny shot :)

12:03 PM  
Anonymous clarence said...

Looks like he could eat a mouse!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Fabulous shot.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

This is an awesome shot. I love it when I get the timing just right and I know I've captured a great image. Well done.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

hehe ... it does make me smile, Micki. :-)

1:17 PM  
Anonymous bruno said...

So cute! i like this one a lot! take care :)

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anders said...


3:25 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very cute, made me smile.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Hilarious!!! I love this shot!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

ooh creepy

4:49 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

nice photo

4:55 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

cool snap shot! nice reflection on the window...big smile from the cat:-P

7:20 PM  
Anonymous pepe said...

wow, like catzilla :)

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Jason Ertel said...

Way to capture the moment!


8:37 PM  
Anonymous AirBete said...

Nice capture!

9:58 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

great picture Micki!! :)

10:24 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Funny picture!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

I'm smiling :)

12:14 AM  
Blogger Lore said...

that's a pretty wide open smile!!! :D very nice and cutie shot!!!

1:23 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Hahah, that photo didn't only cause a smile, it made me laugh out loud!! Great catch!!!

4:17 AM  
Anonymous John said...

You could have some fun with those shutter speeds, my Minolta 9xi has a top speed of 1/12000 of a second, but have never managed to use it at that setting! Nice shot.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

that's a great capture!

6:02 AM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

Funny shot

6:05 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

That cat looks ready to star in a cartoon, Micki! What a happy shot.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Nooo, you took this picture instead of meee. Noooooooo.

This is such a priceless capture.Hey why can't I get our cat to yawn like this?

The background actually works for this shot, lends some life into the shot. Darn, this should have been taken by the Subster.

Anyway you get yourself a coveted "I Likey" from the Subster for this absolutely lovely and brilliant shot.


7:45 AM  
Anonymous yungyaw said...

Haha! Even though the cat was yawning, but it looks like showing a BIG smile to everybody. Nice capture.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Yike ! ... a vampire cat !

3:06 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Talk about decisive moments!
Great catch :-)

7:55 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Well, I didn't read this last Wednesday, but it's Wednesday nonetheless and it did bring a big smile to my face. Thanks!


1:28 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

HEHE! That's fantastic. You should submit it to a contest!

1:12 PM  

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