Cats

Chasing Loopies!

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Karate Kitten!

While stuck inside over Thanksgiving break during that annoying series of cold fronts, Whiskey and I played with my flashes.  We set up my softbox and reflector and experimented with key lights and fill lights.  We tried manual mode and ETTL mode.  The hardest part was getting Whiskey to sit still!  I had to break out my stuffed puffin to serve as model while I experimented.  Then I brought in the main actor.  I was pleasantly surprised by some of the moments I was able to capture of Whiskey chasing loopies! We often call Whiskey “Loopy” because he’s such a quirky, fun-loving cat.  When we adopted him, his name was “Whiskey Lou,” and it was very natural to add that last -py syllable.  His favorite toys are the springy-toys.   These toys are also called loopies.  So how many loopies are in the picture above? :) I’ve often wanted to get pictures of Loopy chasing loopies, but I don’t often have enough light to freeze the action.  The flash sure helped!  His only objection was that my tosses were sub-par because I had a camera in my other hand.  He thought I needed to focus all my attention on cats! […]

Cats

Black and White and Pink All Over

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Green Eyed Monster

Whiskey says that we’re overdue for a post about cats – after all, this blog was inspired by cats and turtles!  He asked me to share some pictures that we took this afternoon.  Rich and I joke that Whiskey is black and white and pink all over because his skin is pink underneath his fur.  (And because he has the most adorable pink nose!)  So today I put a pink gel on the flash and tried for the “pink all over” effect.  I tried to feather the flash so that Loopy wouldn’t turn magenta (he’s a boy, after all, and he has his dignity!)  The result was basically what I was trying for – a cute black and white kitty, with slightly tinted pink fur. One of Whiskey’s nicknames is the “Green-eyed Monster” (and it fits, he’s often jealous when we do stuff with the other cats!)  So next I tried a green gel on the flash to see how that worked with his green eyes.  I’m not sure I had the flash aimed at the right angle — it’s hard to hand-hold both the camera and the flash and get the flash at a good angle off-camera.  But I […]