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Tigger is the 14 year old barn cat at the farm, and despite her age, she's still a pistol, and a damn good huntress. I've never been partial to cats, ...
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Tigger is the 14 year old barn cat at the farm, and despite her age, she's still a pistol, and a damn good huntress. I've never been partial to cats, but she won me over immediately, and in the years I've known her has since become my muse.
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21 Comments | Report
Irene_van_Nunen
 
Irene_van_Nunen December 22, 2015
Great caprice, love the cat.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 23, 2015
Awesome capture! Congrats.
animals
 
animals February 03, 2016
wonderful photo
carlperry PRO
 
carlperry May 16, 2016
Amazing picture and story :)
rosaposa PRO+
 
rosaposa May 16, 2016
Love it...what attitude!
Bobj
 
Bobj May 18, 2016
Someone has an attitude.
Tiff
 
Tiff May 28, 2016
Great Shot, Well Done!
ingridkollmer
 
ingridkollmer September 11, 2016
Love this decicive walk,love this cat and the picture .
ScrimpyL PRO+
 
ScrimpyL April 12, 2017
Looks like this cat has had enough and is about to take care of business
2196_9208
 
2196_9208 April 24, 2017
Has the attitude look my cat does lol
jeffsnell PRO
 
jeffsnell May 01, 2017
thats a cat with something on his/her mind
beabueken
 
beabueken May 07, 2017
Chique!
atulspecial
 
atulspecial September 19, 2017
Classy
atulspecial
 
atulspecial September 19, 2017
Classy
Lynleepics
 
Lynleepics December 21, 2017
Fierce!!
ArchangelsReflections PRO+
 
ArchangelsReflections March 07, 2018
Thriller!!
Roman1991
 
Roman1991 March 23, 2018
Very good picture!
Roman1991
 
Roman1991 March 23, 2018
Very good picture!
Roman1991
 
Roman1991 March 23, 2018
Very good picture!
Sasha_Lay
 
Sasha_Lay March 27, 2018
Love this!!
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at a friend's farm in Howell, New Jersey.
Time
This was shot in late afternoon.
Lighting
It was a slightly overcast day, and I tend to shoot darker because I enjoy moodier photos, so the combination of the two helped me create this.
Equipment
Nikon D750 and my Nikkor 85mm 1.4 (my magic lens, as I call it).
Inspiration
Tigger has been a source of inspiration in many of my photos. She was 14 years old here, and one firecracker of a barn cat. She and I bonded through my camera, and for whatever reason, she would always let me get interesting shots of her. She inspired me to break out of just photographing horses and turn my lens to other animals.
Editing
I converted the photo to black and white in post (using LR) and boosted the contrast, strengthened the blacks, and boosted the whites a tiny bit. That's about it!
In my camera bag
I normally carry all my lenses because I never know what I might need. I always have my Nikon D750, Nikkor 85mm 1.4, Nikkor 70-200 2.8, my Sigma 15mm 2.8 fisheye, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, and my Nissin Mark II flash. I always have spare batteries, SD cards, lens cloths, and filters in there too.
Feedback
When you can, try and for a relationship with the animals you're working with, even if you've never met them before. When I go into a shoot with a new animal friend, I don't start shooting right away. Instead, I take some time to let them, talk to them, and play with them, and let them get to know me and feel comfortable with me before I turn my camera on them. Once you make that connection, it'll be easy to get great photos of your subject and capture their emotion and soul in your photographs.

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