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    Photographing A Cat

    Sometimes photographing a cat is like trying to herd a bunch of them.

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    Re: Photographing A Cat

    Is that why I can't see an image Bruce, too difficult; or is it a photo of a white cat in a snowstorm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregj1763 View Post
    Is that why I can't see an image Bruce, too difficult; or is it a photo of a white cat in a snowstorm
    My cat would not pose for me until I put the camera away. I even allowed him to sniff at it to get him use to it. It did not work.

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    Mine always used to turn his backside to the lens! yuk.

    Had to catch him asleep to get anything half reasonable.

    Maybe a cloth mouse toy or buttering the camera might help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreds View Post
    Mine always used to turn his backside to the lens! yuk.

    Had to catch him asleep to get anything half reasonable.

    Maybe a cloth mouse toy or buttering the camera might help?

    Thanks Ian for the suggestions. I think my cat as a model is beyond hope.

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    My cat was a fairly mellow guy. However, a stick with some string and a feather at the end would keep his attention.
    Last edited by rpcrowe; 29th May 2013 at 11:22 PM.

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    Thanks Richard for the suggestion.

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    Or you could pop him in the freezer for a bit - that should slow him down

    Joke - honest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidedric View Post
    Or you could pop him in the freezer for a bit - that should slow him down

    Joke - honest!
    I have not thought about that idea. Good suggestion. Joke

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    And use the microwave afterwards to warm him up.

    Fur lined oven .
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamH View Post
    And use the microwave afterwards to warm him up.

    Fur lined oven .
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    I did not realize that CiC was so loaded with experts on how to photograph a cat.

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    Re: Photographing A Cat

    I donít have a cat.
    I use other peopleís cats:
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    Perhaps if you use a cat that you donít know (and doesnít know you), that cat will be more curious?

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    Another one I don't know . . . and who doesn't know me.

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    That is an idea. Thanks Bill for your suggestion.

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    Re: Photographing A Cat

    At first, when I read this thread the other day, I thought mine was quite a silly idea - but I wondered why I had never had much trouble: both those cats seemed quite happy to sit and pose for me.

    I asked my Aunt (who is very cat savvy) and she suggested I put my comment to you - as she said that one's own cat, is usually very cunning and their owner, is actually the cat's 'slave' - but on the other hand a cat who doesn't know one, provided the cat feels safe, is usually reasonably curious.

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    I have the answer to your problem: laser pointer

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    Using flash: that's really challenging.

    Solution: play with him/her for about 7 hours until s/he gets tired.

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    I bring a box for the cat to hide/play in and then shoot with a longer lens and that works well. --mary

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    Beautiful cat photos... So now I want to show off my cat, too.

    My cat Samson always gets too close to me when I bring out my camera, ie right in my face so I worked with his behaviour and used a macro lens for this shot. I try to catch my cat when he is sleepy and just waking up. His name is Samson and he is as grumpy as he looks, and at 20 years of age still looks like a kitten.

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    I too have much better luck with cats that are not my own... (the photo of my cat above is likely just one of 2 I have that I like) Here is one of my favourite cat photos (despite the noise) taken of a feral kitten peeking out from beneath a garage door...


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    'Smudge', she was not pure white, who adopted me and ruled over me for sixteen years.
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    and during an early visit to find out if I was worth taking over.
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