Written by Marjorie Dawson

Keeping A Kitten Clean!

Keeping A Kitten Clean!

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How do you keep a kitten clean? You let it have an ‘oh so comfortable’ wash in a sun puddle at Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe!

This is Silver, one of the new kindle of gorgeous kittens currently at the cat cafe. There are tabbies, of every shade from deep dark to dilute like Silver and there is the cutest ginger kitten who I promise to feature in a future post.

cleaning kitten enjoys the sun
‘Silver’ – ISO 3200 233 mm F5.6 1/4000 © Dash Kitten

The strong light is typical of New Zealand and you can see my photograph of resident cat Peaches in the same dramatic shades of light and dark here. The dark is actually there on either side, not added by me later.

Clean Kitten Pose

This is one kitten who is relaxed and happy, waiting for the family who will be his forever home. You might note (if you use a DSLR) that I have used settings that are outside my comfort zone.

Camera Setting Notes

The ISO is very high at 3200, my usual settings is around 200, and the shutter speed was much quicker than I usually apply to photos.

On the positive side, the photo works with very little editing at all, just a little bit of fur sharpening using a sharpen filter.

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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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22 thoughts on “Keeping A Kitten Clean!”

  1. What a great opportunity to capture a beautiful kitten! You did a wonderful job stepping out of your comfort zone to snap this shot. I hope some day I can take a photo half a well as you. Thank you for sharing the process and your adorable model!

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  2. That’s a fun way to challenge yourself to experiment with new camera settings. That being said, you had an adorable model to experiment with! I love that you make a point of featuring the many incredible cats awaiting their forever homes at your local cat cafe. We don’t have one here, but, I’ve seriously considered the pros and cons of starting one myself! I love that it provides these cats with the chance to really connect with someone.

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  3. Excellent photo! I wish I could take pictures like that! Currently I am happy if one of my fingers aren’t in it LOL

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    • The finger in shot is a phase we ALL go through. I sometimes do it now, I am in such a rush to take a picture 😉

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  4. Silver is so beautiful! I love his markings. He sure does look happy!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  5. Lick a lick, to keep the furs clean and slick!! What a cutie pie!!
    I don’t think I can up the ISO on my P & S camera that high…wait, it CAN!! I shall try it later.

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  6. Silver is beautiful. Wonderful shot, Marjorie!

    Yes, when I looked at the ISO setting, I thought “wow, that’s high.” But your resulting photo turned out so beautifully. Bravo!

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  7. We hope you had a chance to see our selfie for this week. Dad got a shot of Fitz that came out beautifully with the suns reflection off the tv. For some reason Linky did not allow that photo to be posted but our post is great. We know Silver will have lots of admirers and we hope a special person to give her a home. Thanks for all your photo tips

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  8. Those settings are way outside my human’s comfort zones too. But your result came out so well that she may have to push herself a little.

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