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owlingdog
 
owlingdog November 04, 2015
What a little cuddle-bunny! :)
darcithompson
 
darcithompson November 09, 2015
I just love this guy he always makes me smile
AnnuO
 
AnnuO January 08, 2016
Cutest ever!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 18, 2016
Very sweet capture! Congrats.
debbidayton
 
debbidayton March 24, 2016
Adorable-
Lisa_Wilson24
 
Lisa_Wilson24 May 11, 2016
Very very cute shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
Many thanks to all who voted for this picture. This photo was taken at home. After getting up early to have a cup of coffee I returned to my bedroom to straighten things up and start my day. There in a crumpled blanket was my sassy boy cat named Max with the sweetest little look on his face. I reached for my nearest camera and managed to capture the moment without even waking him.
Time
As I recall it was about 10am. It was not a sunny day and the diffuse midmorning light was all that illuminated the room.
Lighting
Although the lighting wasn't great I think Max's coloring helped absorb and reflect the available illumination. He's a deep orange and white tabby with a couple of freckles on a pink nose. The quality and texture of his fur added a sense of glow and softness to the image.
Equipment
Camera: FinePix S7000 Aperture: f/3.1 ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/50 Focal Length: 42/1 No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
My grandfather gave me my first camera at an early age. He told me that when I saw something that made me feel happy inside I could use the camera's eye to save the feeling forever. When I saw Max's smiling face with his little paw under his chin I felt happy inside and reached for my nearest camera.
Editing
I did some cropping and converted the image to black and white using iPhoto software. I have since learned a little more about various editing software, but I'm still a novice and my instinct with this photo was to leave well enough alone and not over edit a simple yet happy image.
In my camera bag
I'm an amateur so my bag is an old knapsack occupied most often by my Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a zoom lens EF-S 18-55mm. I also carry a Canon Zoom Lens EF-75-300mm, but need to gain more mastery in using it. The other camera I carry is a Nikon Cool Pix. I like having a small camera handy for rapid response moments. One of these days I'll get another Fuji Fine Pix because I loved its versatility and reliability. I also carry extra batteries, chargers and a download cable. I rarely carry a tripod, but if I did it would probably be a single stick that I could set up quickly.
Feedback
In my experience pets and animal friends tend to present good poses at the most inopportune times. I like to keep an easy to use reliable camera handy to capture images that present themselves as I go about my daily life. With regard to this photo I think my best advice is simply to remember to take a photo of the little moments that give us pleasure. This requires both having a camera or high quality smartphone at the ready and having the presence of mind to use it.

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