Written by Marjorie Dawson

Dark Cat Portrait in the Summertime

Dark Cat Portrait in the Summertime

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Dark cats get warm in the summer sun but cats like Phoebe know to find the best shade!

Welcome to the 2019 Pet Parade, home of the wonderful Wordless Wednesday and Wordy Wednesday posts you are proud to show off.

I am continuing my dark cat portrait exploration with another picture of our black cat Phoebe. She is a youngster and hasn’t developed the ‘not interested’ attitude of most of the Dash Kitten Crew when they are photographed.

Dark Cat Portrait of Phoebe

Dark Cat Portrait

I used P mode, which is a step up from Canon AUTO, and tried changing the ISO to 200. A first step in exploring Settings a little.

As you can see, Phoebe definitely looks like a dark brown cat, not a black panther. The background looks nicely out of focus which I am pleased with. I am hoping the asparagus fern makes a lovely frame, as the focus is meant to be on Phoebe’s lovely face and whiskers. What do you think?

DEFINITION: In very basic terms, ISO is a camera setting that will brighten or darken a photo. As you increase your ISO number, your photos will grow progressively brighter. 

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I am going to look at ISO a bit more and report back as it sounds like a good thing to know more about.

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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12 thoughts on “Dark Cat Portrait in the Summertime”

  1. Our mom has the hardest time taking photos of black cats. Maybe one day she’ll learn more about ISO.

  2. Lovely photo. Yes, ISO is very important. The higher your ISO the more sensitive your camera is to light, so your photo will look brighter. If you go too high on your ISO, your photo can look grainy. Usually outside on a sunny day, my ISO is 100, but inside it can go as high as 3400!

  3. Wow. I need to practice more with my camera instead of just shooting what I need. Great job with Phoebe!

  4. A lovely shot, and well balanced for my taste. I like her with hints of brown as I bet that is in truth what she looks like. I see the same in my coat in certain light and think it is much a pigment thing for some of the hairs that make up my coat as anything. In the same way that true black horses are actually very rare, most horses aren’t black but just a dark brown when you have a very close look, and this will revert to brown over time.

  5. I think it looks really good! You could darken it just a tad in a photo editor, to make Phoebe’s fur a little darker.


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