Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Target's Photoshoot



I was trying to take a picture of Target yesterday for the Katz Tales column (the articles I write for The Star, the Malaysian national daily) but our fuzzy has decided that being the star of the picture is dull.

First he tried to help press the button. He as fast as Bruce Lee and I didn't do a slow-mo so he's a bit blurred. But you can see by his serious expression that he really is trying to help.

When I bought this camera, I forgot that I wanted a built -in lens cover. So I got this pesky thing that dangles by a string.

After several attempts to capture Target's handsome profile, I let go of the lens cover. And having that dangling about proved to be another temptation. Here is Target, chewing on it.

There is excellent detail of his white whiskers and in the big pic sizes you can really appreciate the fuzziness of his feet. But it's not exactly brilliant. And I think unpublishable .....

But I did get one that was half way decent. Here he is, posing nicely on the bed cover.

It's not easy to take pics of cats; not even when they're as cute as Target. I mean, look at this effort! Time taken: 35 mins. Picture quality: so-so.

Will try another photoshoot tomorrow. In the meantime, any tips on how to get better pics would be gratefully appreciated...

Apart from trying to take pics of Target, I have been playing on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, check out my World Literature Quiz and tell me what you think. Should I add more questions? Or is 10 enough already?

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15 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is because cats know that it is worthwhile to keep you from easily getting a good shot. It is more fun to make you work!

Dora said...

He made a cool pose in the 3rd shot. :D

Cathy said...

I use the toy feather (their favourite toy) to get them to look in the direction I want....and it works! Good luck!

Ydiana said...

Lol...I have the same challenge as you when taking cats picture. And mine is blurred most of the time. I am still thinking whether i should invest in a better camera...nah! It will be under utilised.

Mishkat said...

Two of my cats will actually pose - the other one (Dobby, same color as Target) is camera shy and I have the exact same problem with him. They are all fascinated by the wrist strap too (just like Target and the lens cap!)

My only advice is to wait until he's a little sleepy :)

Gattina said...

That's so true ! I always take pictures when they think I am not there (but that doesn't last long) as my camera is very small and I switched off the sound, the photo is done before they can move. I also try to never use the flash if I can. Rosie is normal again, but there is still one injection to give. I prefer that to a pill where they struggle and scratch and I am near a nervous breakdown !

Kuanyin Moi said...

Good photos--he's keeping you on your toes I see! Hee hee. I'm back with a post about Anela. Thanks for being patient whilst I took a blogging break.

Bruce said...

Not very many cats will cooperate with you humans to have our picture taken. I personally, love the attention:)

Më| §zë said...

Haha...
animals are difficult subjects for photos i guess...
my tango couldn't sit still at first, now taught him 'sit', and he stays still for like 5s...
that's why all my pics of him have the same poses...
lol...
love your target and au too... they are so sweet...

mizzyN said...

maybe the prefect time to take a pic of them is while they are asleep! still and plenty of times to adjust things. hahha.

i take pictures of stray cats and they like target is always moving around the moment i click the camera.

Anya said...

Leuk om te weten dat iedereen moeite moet doen om een goeie foto te maken.
Ik ben ook altijd bezig en 90 % is niks :)
Hij beweegt altijd hihihi....
Ik zou best een andere foto camera willen maar als ik in een winkel sta zie je zoveel ,dan weet ik ook niet welke het beste is, snap je !!
Maar die foto's die jij gemaakt hebt zijn goed van kwaliteit :)

photojoy said...

He is handsome!!! Shooting moving objets into a picture is so difficult, right? Did you try taking a auto-sequence of photographs? That might be helpful. By the way thank you for giving me another hint for a cocktail. Can't wait for a trial.

Dizzyjules said...

I like the 2nd pic. Just look at that concentration....

Just Sharlene said...

Ya, animal photography is definately not easy. They dont sit still and dont pose when you ask them to. I normally just sit with them on weekends and snap snap snap. Out of 20 photos, probably there is 1 nice one.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I love the second shot best of all. Stolidly munching away on the lens cover. So handsome! And such beautiful hobbit-cat feet. The shot of him seriously trying to help had me going "Awwww". Cats are not easy to photograph at all. They move about too much and they are too smart to sit around waiting for you to point at them with funny black things that could just have ointment/Frontline/shampoo/other unpleasant smelling things in it.