This is the last Thursday of 2019 and we are approaching another exciting decade on the blog alongside our friends Brian and his family.
I want to celebrate with a cat photography showcase from the past year (2019). With the focus on taking photographs and teaching beginners, there are some lovely images which I hope you will enjoy.
I really enjoyed writing my post about the things newbies can learn to make a difference to their pictures, including ‘depth of field’ which makes photographs soft focus behind the cat being photographed.
This picture of Tiger Lily at the cat cafe is beautifully sharp and behind her, you can see nothing is in focus so attention is all on her. She looks totally gorgeous and absorbed in her claw cleaning.
The Eye Has It
One of the most amazing pictures I have taken with my DSLR this year is this gorgeous photo of Tiger Lily’s eye. I took the advice of professional pet photographers and got in really close.
She is a confident lady cat so my being so close with my camera did not bother her. Look at the shades and colours in this (untouched) cat photo. You can see how thrilled I am it came out so well.
Filter Fun with Cats
In June I wrote about experimenting with filters for adding interest to your photographs and to display several at once. This is one of my favourites from the Photo Lab app.
I added splashes of colour to the montage by adding hats and coloured filters to the original pictures.
Black and White Spotlight
I have begun to explore black and white photography and discovered that shape, form and texture are important. They play a much stronger part in your photography as there is no colour to fill the visual gaps.
This is one of my favourite pictures ever.
Chenzou sits in a spotlight of sunshine watching others play. The contrast of him against the shadow and the sharply defined whiskers make this a landmark image for me.
The Loveliest Picture
This final photograph is a classic case of being in the right place, at the right time and at the right level to take the picture.
I know I was very fortunate and the picture has been gifted to the cafe for their use. It speaks strongly of the cat, human bond that so many of us can identify with.
Tiger Lily is heart cat to Richelle, owner of Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe. She was originally called Miss Max, but a sponsor had naming rights and the new name became the perfect fit for the cafe’s boss lady cat.
I look forward to taking lots more photographs and improving a lot more in 2020, and I hope you will learn alongside me how much photography can be fun, and help you share your love of cats with the world.