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Cat Shots

Published May 21st, 2012

Since Evgeny apparently doesn't like my cat shots, I thought I'd post them in a story instead.

Not necessarily artistic or even good photos, these are of one of my cats. Shooting indoors, in a basement, without flash means I usually shoot at ISO 1600 and even then, I can only get 1/20 shutter speed with a pretty wide aperture.

Bookcase Cat

This is the natural position of Bandita; she is physically relaxed but mentally alert and ready to haul ass at the first sign that you might try and pick her up.


Cat yawns are very, very hard to photograph (especially with my lighting conditions and slow shutter speed). I was lucky enough to get three frames, two of them usable, and this one was the best.

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Eric Akaoka  over 5 years ago

Nice and intimate :)

The biggest thing you can do to improve these shots is to check the white balance. Do you shoot in RAW? WB compensation is one of the best reasons to do so.

Ash Furrow  over 5 years ago

Good idea - I honestly hadn't considered that. They're in RAW, so you're suggesting something more like this?

Eric Akaoka  over 5 years ago

Yep, definitely; you could even go further with it. Is that couch neutral grey (or close to it)? If so, try hitting it with the whitebalance eyedropper and see what you get.

Colour casts are really hard to notice until you get rid of them; the brain does such a good job of making assumptions about what colours things are. Once you have a neutral white point you can readjust it to make it warmer or cooler to taste.