Alternate to 52Frames’ Your Desk challenge
My cat can’t stand to be in a different room from me. She came dashing in and photobombed another picture and then demanded “training” time with treats. (She knows how to high five, sit, stand, spin (in a circle) ). I took advantage of the situation.
This is the first time I was able to get Abby Gail while she’s in motion and I’m quite proud of myself. I hope to get better at taking pictures like this in the future as candid animal pictures have always interested me.
These were all taken during the week of 52Frames: Portrait challenge. I love each one of them for different reasons and they were rejected for a variety of reasons. Enjoy.
This was a wonderful picture of Abby; but, she was too relaxed and her eyes were slightly unfocused (my bad). It just didn’t capture the essence of her in my humble opinion as she is often full of intensity (wildness). Don’t get me wrong, she is a sweet adorable cat when she wants to be.
By this time, Gracie had turned around, was done and vocally letting me know. She left a split second after this shot. I didn’t like the fact her tail was not showing (wrapped around the other side of her).
Surprisingly, one of her pictures did make the submission.
“I love you. Thank you for the good eats. Slurp.”
Abby does this slow blink infrequently and humans typically attach “I love you” to this behavior. But, this is not what it truly means. It’s a behavior among cats to express unthreatening behavior. In other words, they are not threatening the other cat. When Abby does this with me, she is expressing her trust in me and she is feeling relaxed and happy. However, this look was not what I was shooting for.
I focused on Abby Gail, my other cat, most of the time as she is trained to sit and stay (for delicious treats). Gracie surprised me by coming in, sitting, staring at my camera for a minute or two and then left. She was briefly a purrfect model. I’m so pleased to get a wonderful shot of her.
Purrsonal notes: She’s our special needs tripod. She’s approximately 10-1/2 years old. In addition to missing a leg, she suffers from seasonal and food allergies. Overall, she’s a content and happy cat.
Sidenote: I was going to get a portrait of my husband and me; but, I ran out of time as this weekend is my birthday (13th). I will still pursue a portrait of us as it’s been over five years since we got a decent portrait of us together and I’d like one for Christmas.
Here’s the runner-up (alternate):
Abby Gail’s Pawtrait
Note: This challenge is week 41 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here. Warning! There are 656 pictures in this album. A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 656 people participated this week. By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!
I’ve been trying to take more pictures of my cats. These were taken during the week of the 52Frames: Texture challenge. I was shooting for that “oh so cute, I want to reach out and touch her” kind of picture. Ha!
For some reason, I recently got interested in animal/pet photography. Each time I try, I think I am getting better. Cats are a challenge though. I’ve yet to try my hand with dogs.
Fascination with Birds
(Abby has crashed into a Window Several Times)