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The Cat's (Not) Out of the Bag



My cat doing what cats do.

My cat doing what cats do.
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37 Comments | Report
roccochiara
 
roccochiara April 26, 2015
magnifico!!!
emxsee
emxsee April 26, 2015
Thank you!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 03, 2015
Beautiful cat and capture. Voted,Indoors.
emxsee
emxsee May 06, 2015
Thanks!
pamramseycorey PRO+
 
pamramseycorey June 24, 2015
Awww, reminds me of my kitty who recently died after 21.5 years. So beautiful!
emxsee
emxsee June 24, 2015
Thank you! I'm sorry about your cat, but wow, 21.5 years!
reni
 
reni July 26, 2015
Fantastic eye contact...great shot
emxsee
emxsee July 26, 2015
Thank you, reni!
reflectionsbyrenee
 
reflectionsbyrenee August 11, 2015
congrats on your newest finalist win, this is so stunning, you have captured the true essence of this beautiful cat
emxsee
emxsee August 11, 2015
Thanks!
Kimbrat
 
Kimbrat November 26, 2015
Fantastic capture.
emxsee
emxsee November 26, 2015
Thanks!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD November 29, 2015
Stunning capture. Congratulations
emxsee
emxsee November 29, 2015
Thank you, Rhonda!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots November 29, 2015
Congrats!
emxsee
emxsee November 29, 2015
Thanks!
sharonmeyers
 
sharonmeyers November 29, 2015
Great photo - congratulations.
emxsee
emxsee November 29, 2015
Thanks, Sharon!
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature November 29, 2015
Congratulations, excellent Capture (well shot image)" Angel Eyes" was my finalist image --Love this cat so wonderful
emxsee
emxsee November 29, 2015
Thank you! And congrats on the Finalist selection as well!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith November 29, 2015
Congratulations on your win!! What a fantastic capture! Love the eyes!
emxsee
emxsee November 29, 2015
Thank you, Joyce!
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 November 30, 2015
Congratulations on your win!
emxsee
emxsee November 30, 2015
Thanks!
alexjevon
 
alexjevon December 02, 2015
What a beautiful cat. Oddly I nearly entered a similar image with a calico! :D
emxsee
emxsee December 02, 2015
Thanks, Alex! Your cat on the tree branch is super cute.
Kimbrat
 
Kimbrat December 05, 2015
Congratulations on your win! !!!Bravo!!!!
emxsee
emxsee December 05, 2015
Thanks, Kim!
rach_who
 
rach_who December 07, 2015
What beautiful eyes
emxsee
emxsee December 07, 2015
Thank you!
rach_who
 
rach_who December 07, 2015
tpremo
 
tpremo December 07, 2015
Beautiful!
emxsee
emxsee December 07, 2015
Thanks!
SnowbunnyPhotography Premium
 
SnowbunnyPhotography December 07, 2015
Such an elegant kitty! Looks like my Bailey. Blue Russian? :-) Adorbs!!
emxsee
emxsee December 07, 2015
Thank you! This one is just your run of the mill bag-loving domestic shorthair.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb December 08, 2015
Congratulations on all your Awards!
emxsee
emxsee December 09, 2015
Thank you!
vojce PRO+
 
vojce December 11, 2015
fantastic congrats
emxsee
emxsee December 11, 2015
Thanks!
loralarabee
 
loralarabee January 11, 2016
Congratulations!
emxsee
emxsee January 11, 2016
Thank you!
ChrisHPhotos
 
ChrisHPhotos May 14, 2016
Lovely composition and focus, excellent image.
emxsee
emxsee May 14, 2016
Thanks, Chris!
HelenaMiasPhotography
 
HelenaMiasPhotography May 14, 2016
British Shorthair? :)
emxsee
emxsee May 14, 2016
She's a domestic short hair. :)
iluv2shoot
 
iluv2shoot May 16, 2016
Fantastic capture; gorgeous cat!
emxsee
emxsee May 16, 2016
Thank you, Julianne!
suecondon
 
suecondon May 17, 2016
Beautiful cat, great cat-ture!
emxsee
emxsee May 18, 2016
Thanks, Sue!
dbasic
 
dbasic June 09, 2016
beautiful :)
emxsee
emxsee June 09, 2016
Thank you!
Anastasia_Kulkova
 
Anastasia_Kulkova June 13, 2016
Beauty!
emxsee
emxsee June 13, 2016
Thanks!
donnaboyle
 
donnaboyle October 09, 2016
Wonderful photo, gorgeous cat!
emxsee
emxsee October 09, 2016
Thank you, Donna!
jennay510
 
jennay510 December 06, 2016
That's adorable! Beautiful capture and colors.
emxsee
emxsee December 06, 2016
Thanks!
Jamesmazzuca
 
Jamesmazzuca February 01, 2017
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mihrt
 
mihrt January 28, 2018
fabulous capture......amazing eyes on this lovely cat....great timing ! Congrats on all your awards - well deserved!
emxsee
emxsee January 31, 2018
Thank you!
VisualAspen
 
VisualAspen April 19, 2018
Great caption, awesome photo !
emxsee
emxsee April 25, 2018
Thank you!
LoAnnetteVe PRO+
 
LoAnnetteVe September 01, 2018
Fantastic! You should enter my new photo challenge,
Creative Macro Shots.
emxsee
emxsee September 21, 2018
Thanks!
marykovich PRO
 
marykovich September 28, 2018
Beautiful picture!
mechebenz PRO
 
mechebenz November 08, 2018
Absolutely masterful. You had great model.
kerrimarielawson
 
kerrimarielawson April 12, 2019
💕 this
dewood62
 
dewood62 July 18, 2019
My cat Nino could be your cats twin!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my apartment near Washington DC. I get a lot of natural window light coming in because I have a lot of windows, including part of a wall that's floor-to-ceiling windows leading out to a balcony.
Time
This was taken in the afternoon, around 3pm.
Lighting
My apartment has a fairly long balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows leading out to it, so I get a lot of great natural window lighting. My place can be messy sometimes because I will purposefully leave package boxes and shopping bags out for a couple days for my cat to play in. I do this because my cat is generally pretty camera shy. She seems to now know the noises associated with my camera, like the click from when I turn my camera on and the sound the lens cap makes. I can't count the number of times I've seen my cat doing something cute, and went to get the camera, but as soon as she hears it, she stops what she's doing or runs off. However, when she's in a bag or box, she tends to stay put more often. In this particular instance, the paper shopping bag happened to be open facing my balcony, so I couldn't have asked for better lighting. Most people who see this photo ask what type of lighting equipment I used, and are always surprised when I tell them it was 100% natural window light. All I did was lay down on the ground in front of her and take the photo.
Equipment
For this particular picture, I used a Canon REBEL T3i with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. The aperture was set to f/2. No lighting equipment was used. All I had was my camera, lens and that brown paper bag.
Inspiration
I don't get too many opportunities to take photos of my cat. She's a bit camera shy and the camera tends to distract her from whatever she was doing that was photo worthy. She either stops what she's doing or runs off when she hears or sees the camera. Anytime I can get her to stay put, often with the assistance from shopping bags or UPS package boxes, I try to take advantage and take some photos of her. This was simply one of those times she cooperated with me.
Editing
I shoot all my photos in RAW, so I always do some amount of post-processing. However, for this shot, with the lighting already being perfect, I didn't have to do very much. Basically modified the contrast a little and did some color correction.
In my camera bag
I shot this was a Canon REBEL T3i. I've since upgraded and switched to a Nikon D750. Having switched manufacturers, I need to rebuild my lens collection, so right now my gear is pretty simple. I have my D750 body and my single Nikon lens, which is a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8. Right now, if there is a need for another lens, I will rent it. Outside of that, the rest is on an as needed basis (flashes, tripods, filters, etc).
Feedback
I worked with cats who are much more camera-friendly than mine. I'd say if you have a bag or box, let your cat go to town on them and see what you can capture. I don't know how easy it would be to reproduce the lighting from this photo, as I think it contributed a lot to how the final photo turned out, but you can certain try something similar if you've got a lot of windows, or even with some lighting equipment. Having taken a decent amount of pet photos, one thing I've learned is that you often get the best photos when you just let the pets do their thing. I've never truly tried to "pose" a pet, but I have to imagine it's not only difficult, but I don't feel the result would be much better than capturing candid moments.

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