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November 16, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....The best way to get a good picture of a cat with a black face is to use a flash unit. I never do that, partly because I don't like flash photos much, and partly because I use a wide-angle attachment on my camera that keeps the built-in flash from working. This week, though, I ditched the attachment and played around with the flash, hoping to produce some stunning, hair-sharp Domino photos for you. I'm afraid that didn't work out very well, but luckily the weather has been lovely and warm recently, prompting everyone to troop into the backyard to play yesterday. I'll keep working on the flash thing.

On the left is Domino rolling around on the patio, warming up her belly and generally acting frisky after getting over last week's sniffles. On the right, Inkblot hides on the savannah hoping that a wild can of cat food will wander carelessly by.

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I have a black cat, too, who's very beautiful but just doesn't photograph as well as her tabby/white mix sister. By the way, I've never seen a black cat with white whiskers!

Posted by: phoebes on November 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

"Inkblot hides on the savannah hoping that a wild can of cat food will wander carelessly by."

Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by: talesoftwokitties on November 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

I never do that, partly because I don't like flash photos much, and partly because I use a wide-angle attachment on my camera that keeps the built-in flash from working.

There's also this: "...and partly because a flash in the face scares the hell out of most animals."

Posted by: shortstop on November 16, 2007 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Is it my imagination or is Domino getting a wee tubby? I am sure Domino would say it is just a bad camera angle......

Posted by: ET on November 16, 2007 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Shortstop: Cats really don't seem to mind the flash. I don't know if it's the inner eyelid or what, but it doesn't even faze my two.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 16, 2007 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I hate the flash, too, so I generally will crank the ISO or go for something soft (critics call it blurry).

Posted by: NTodd on November 16, 2007 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Cats don't have neuroses about their weight. They're happy to let the flab roll right out in front of God and everybody.

Our siamese has this way of lolling on the ground that just screams "I own this and everything else I can see." He doesn't care about his belly either.

Posted by: jimBOB on November 16, 2007 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

"Inkblot hides on the savannah hoping that a wild can of cat food will wander carelessly by."

At our place, the hope would be for a thick slice of roast chicken deli meat torn into tiny pieces.

Posted by: jkb on November 16, 2007 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, life is good for Domino at the Drum household...just look at that belly!

Posted by: greynoldsct00 on November 16, 2007 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Cats really don't seem to mind the flash.

Seriously? Cats belonging to my neighbor, my best friend, another friend, another friend and my aunt all recoil in horror from flashes. Perhaps they're drama queens.

Posted by: shortstop on November 16, 2007 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

I love that belly. None of my herd have quite that grand a display of good living. The white looks like river rapids at night.

Don't get me wrong though. My bunch are not the picture of athletic slenderness and there is much to select from if one wishes to rub corpulent bellies.

But my favorite is Squab, my 16 year old black cat. He comes from the back bedroom at supper time to listen to the sound of cans being opened. I feed him in the back 'cause he eats too slow to get his fair share. And when we race down the hall to see which of us can get to his food bowl first, watching his ears tracking me and his belly swag flapping from side to side as he goes is my number one pick for Best Joy of Life. :)

Posted by: Zit on November 16, 2007 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Now we know why Inkblot's been losing weight, it's not the diet food, it's because Domino's been eating more of it!

Posted by: david in norcal on November 16, 2007 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

"Inkblot hides on the savannah hoping that a wild can of cat food will wander carelessly by."

I, too, have cheered on my cat to go slay some kibble.

Posted by: mroberts on November 16, 2007 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Our cat doesn't mind the flash.

But I think the Inkblot picture was posed, as a way of pumping up his war record in support of a future Presidential run.

Swift Cats for Truth

Posted by: thersites on November 16, 2007 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

My cat Boris didn't mind the flash too much, but for some reason he disliked the digital camera and far preferred a regular film camera. If he heard that whir of the camera's motor, he'd pose like he was on the red carpet, but he just got confused by the beep of the digital and would walk away.

We always said he was a supermodel reincarnated as a pampered housecat. There are worse things to come back as, I suppose.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on November 16, 2007 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

That's an improvement, but go the extra step and photograph Domino against a dark background. Then the camera will have no excuse to discriminate against her.

Posted by: JS on November 16, 2007 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK
Is it my imagination or is Domino getting a wee tubby? I am sure Domino would say it is just a bad camera angle...... Posted by: ET on November 16, 2007 at 3:33 PM

That was exactly what I was going to say! Sure looks like he put back on a bunch of the weight he lost when he was on diet food! Is he off of it now? Time to stop overfeeding the poor Tubby little thing!

Posted by: Ann in AZ on November 16, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

Domino Revealed.

Posted by: JS on November 16, 2007 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Domino II.

Posted by: JS on November 16, 2007 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: "Inkblot hides on the savannah hoping that a wild can of cat food will wander carelessly by."

He's waiting in vain. It looks like Domino already caught and ate it.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 16, 2007 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

What?! You can't be serious!

"Is it my imagination or is Domino getting a wee tubby?"

That is ***NOT*** a tubby cat. The belly is much too straight, whatever the camera angle. Clearly these cats are not being feed enough!

Posted by: Budly on November 16, 2007 at 8:34 PM | PERMALINK

That is ***NOT*** a tubby cat. The belly is much too straight, whatever the camera angle. Clearly these cats are not being feed enough!

You type very well for a cat. ;-)

Posted by: Mnemosyne on November 16, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

jimBob: Cats don't have neuroses about their weight. They're happy to let the flab roll right out in front of God and everybody.

Our siamese has this way of lolling on the ground that just screams "I own this and everything else I can see." He doesn't care about his belly either.

I thought my Siamese was special. She makes Domino look like a SlimFast model. At 23 lbs., she has exactly the same attitude you mention. She'll only get out of the food dish if I nudge her, or if our barn cat pushes her out.

I'd never seen a "plump" Siamese before. Good to know we don't have the only one.

Posted by: bigcat on November 16, 2007 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

Try Photoshopping if the flash approach doesn't work. It's not much effort to dodge the little fella's face a bit... and you'll get more detail, like this.

Posted by: RandyG on November 16, 2007 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

I'm convinced they (cats in general) think that when you leave in the morning you go out to hunt for their food.

Posted by: Linus on November 17, 2007 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

...regarding Domino, I can see why you need that "wide angle lens"...maybe the Washington Monthly family is going to increase soon?

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Posted by: Merg on November 17, 2007 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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