Written by Marjorie

Tabby and Tuxedo Cat Drama

Tabby and Tuxedo Cat Drama

Today’s selfie looks like a real fight in progress but it’s just a small tabby and tuxedo cat drama moment. Let me tell you what happened.

I was sat in the garden enjoying my lunch break in the sun when there was an explosion of noise nearby. Toulouse had been in high spirits teasing the other cats as they relaxed in the shade, so I had an idea what might be happening. One of the other cats was putting him in his place. But who?

I grabbed my camera hoping to capture some kind of shot and amongst the dozen or so dark blurs I captured this dramatic shot.

As you can see Toulouse was not faring well in this small tabby and tuxedo drama. He had pushed one too many buttons, and Thomas was putting the playful young cat firmly in his place.

Tabby and tuxedo cat drama with two cats play fighting

This is another of those photos that I tell you matters more than perfection. I had a few moments to get the two moving cats in my telephoto lens shot but no time to adjust my exposure so I hoped for the best and then I could make some adjustments in Affinity Photo.

Tabby and Tuxedo Cat Photo Adjustments

I have made a note of the adjustments underneath and would encourage you to try you own on a photo using your (or online) software.

A photograph may not be perfect but it can be adjusted and enhanced to tell your story. The final photograph here is more balanced with Toulouse’s tabby fur more visible and the grass darker – you can see more clearly what is happening

Two cats play. Tabby and tuxedo cat drama
  1. I darkened the overall image because it was a very sunny day and areas like the grass are slightly overexposed.
  2. I used the dodge tool to lighten Toulouse’s tabby and some areas of Tom’s tuxedo coat.
  3. I ‘burned‘ the grassy area and twigs on the right to give them more clarity and definition.

I hope you enjoyed the boys’ rather dramatic selfie and, yes, Toulouse and Thomas are both fine. The cat fight was over in moments and forgotten by the time I stood up to go back to work.


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.

11 thoughts on “Tabby and Tuxedo Cat Drama”

  1. I love this action shot! Using the dodge tool to highlight the tabby coat of Toulouse is such a good idea. Catching such an awesome shot in unkind lighting is so challenging.

  2. doodz !!!!! best wrasslin match catched on film fotoz we haz seen

    mom marjorie cap sured a GRATE shot !!! 🙂 ♥♥

    glad ta heer ya called…truce 😉

  3. GRATE fotoss’ Miss Marjorie! Toulouse an Thomas sure purrvided guud entertainmint didn’t they???An fotoss’ too!
    **purrss** BellaDahrma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

  4. Whappity Whap! You caught it!!
    I don’t think Toulouse will try to pester Thomas any more; at least for the time being, MOL!


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