Written by Marjorie

Lazy Lockdown Cute Cat Stretch

Lazy Lockdown Cute Cat Stretch

It has been a busy week offline here in New Zealand, with me teaching online a lot more and engaging with my online students to explain about how Lockdown works and what they can and can’t do right now.

Lockdown Feline Fun Project

Let me show you yesterday’s snapshot of Toulouse. This is the kind of photos that decent focus, luck, and laying in the ground can get you. So, yes, I was wearing old clothes but sometimes I am wearing a perfectly awesome cardigan and it needs to go straight in the wash!

OK, what happened? Toulouse and some of the other cats were enjoying a burst of warm sunshine that shows Spring is definitely heading our way, I grabbed my camera and stepped outside a quick break. The bonus for me is I was attempting something new – Shutter Priority for the first time.

Shutter priority is often designated on a camera by an ‘S‘ on the mode dial or “Tv“, which stands for time value. By selecting shutter priority, the camera will let you choose which shutter speed you want to use while the aperture is automatically set for you.

Lockdown Feline Fun
Toulouse Stretches – ISO 200 250mm f/7.1 1/200

You might have noticed that I am a big fan of Aperture Priority (A or Av mode on a DSLR) and that I am learning to use Manual mode but that Shutter Priority does not get much of a look in. Honestly? This is because I have struggled with Shutter Priority (SP) and have done my best to avoid it.

Recently, I realised, like lots of you, that we all come to a skill when the time is right and no amount of trying will get us there earlier. I switched to SP mode for some lockdown feline fun to try it out. The light was good and I thought ‘why not’. So, I took my first steps into new territory and came up with a lot of “almost but not quite” photos and I came up with this one.

I was pleased with this one and it really shows Toulouse at his cheeky best! What do you think?

Have a good and snap-happy week!

  • A shout out to our friend Marie and Athena for their roaring mask which you can order for yourself from Marie. It made the vaccine centre staff smile.
Lockdown Feline Fun
Smartphone Masked Fun at the Vaccine Centre

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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.

19 thoughts on “Lazy Lockdown Cute Cat Stretch”

  1. You got your shots? EXCELLENT. Yup, the peeps had theirs a while back. I thought they were goin’ in for distemper and rabies ’cause quite frankly, when a kitty sees his peep brushin’ her teeth with the toothpaste makin’ her look like she’s foamin’ at the mouth like she has rabies… Well let’s just say, there have been times I have felt the need to practice a little social distancin’, myself. MOUSES!

  2. I LOVE this picture! Honestly, I have been focusing on manual mode and before that, I used to shoot in Av a lot but I never realized it. I totally fall into exactly what you’re describing! I don’t know that I have ever taken the time to play around with just shutter priority like that. Although, now I’m thinking that I need to hahaha

    • I always tell people that manual mode is hard for a beginner to grasp. Learning about the other modes helps you understand what your camera does and why. Then get creative with Manual.

  3. I’m glad that you were able to get your COVID vaccine! I don’t understand why some people refuse to wear a mask and STILL go out in public. That’s a great shot of Toulouse!

  4. Love that photo, it is crystal clear and shows him off beautifully especially his eyes. Congrats on your vaccine and please stay safe.

  5. What a beautiful photo of Toulouse! What a lovely life Toulouse is living and you’re doing a fabulous job recording it!
    Way to go on your shot too!!!

  6. What a lovely photo. You can really see Toulouse’s personality shining through. Your mask is too funny – I love it!

  7. That is an awesome shot! I love it, it captures the stretch so beautifully. I’m really glad you guys got your vaccination – Congrats!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  8. That’s a fabulous stretch, sweet Toulouse ♥ Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead🐾😽💞

  9. When I first saw the thumbnail at the blog hop, I thought you had manipulated a kitty’s yawn…LOL.LOL!!! Then here on the blog I saw it was you wearing a fun mask. Tee-hee!

    Toulouse looks so cute…love how all his furs are accented by the sunlight.

    What a great shot!

  10. What a lovely photo of Toulouse! He looks so happy in that sunshine. 🙂

    Yay for your first jab! When will you get your second?



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