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Wednesday, 21 November 2007


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I think it was Brooks Jensen who said there's no such thing as a bad photograph of a cat.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have many pictures of Qwerty (the cat that lives here with me). As cat pictures go, some of them aren't bad. He's a damn fine looking cat. Regardless, I'm certainly not going to SHOW them to anybody.
Good Lord! Not CAT pictures!

All we need now is a cute kid picture to complete the triptych of photographic sugary sweetness.

Nice cat.

Oh, please don't open the floodgates to cat pictures!! (That is soooo cute...did you use the ole' Maxxum 7D?) This blog of yours is a forum for SPT's (Serious Photographic Topics), and if you stretch that to include cat pictures, well...well...I have a few hundred to submit, myself!

(Under an alias, of course.)

Tabbies rule.


Badges, we don't need no stinkin badges!

Everyone has a hidden "kitty, puppy, baby" gene somewhere in the brain attached to the camera.

My colleague just glanced over my shoulder.

"Awww, look at the kitty," she said.

Stop worrying, Mike. The kitten isn't in a sock.

Now that the barn door has been left open
and the cat has left the station,
will the cute toddler be far behind ??

Hi Mike:

If you do start a "cat photographer's anonymous" please let me know. I fall under the "spell" of the felines from time to time as well. How not "fine art" can you get. Next it will be clowns.

Here's to cats!

Wow Mike, that's a lovely photograph. Perfection!

BTW, who says an artist can't be "professional," once-in-a-while. :)

Mike, I'm a big fan of cats, and I've certainly not shyed away from cat photos myself (http://www.blork.org/mondaymorning/index.php?showimage=39), but I have to say (after your bokeh post a couple of days ago) that the three fuzzy orange dots above the cat's head are driving me crazy -- especially the one in the middle!

Other than that; nice cat! ;-)

Sometimes I don't feel like I have much choice in my subject matter, especially since my wife is a Vet Tech and we have a million cats. Here is a photo of Kiki I took a while back and I still like the photo. Kiki went missing on New Year's Day a few years ago - http://pug.komkon.org/03nov/kikipug.html.

"6 MP, ISO 400, 1/30th at ƒ/2.8."

Hey Ctein, you forgot the Neurotic Numerologists.

Hey, I like to take pictures of my cat, too. She's also named Ginny.

She looks pretty good after 16 years, I think. At least if we've brushed her recently, since she's stopped grooming herself. And if you ignore her sides, where we've had to cut out matted hair (and where her hair has a tendency to come out in clumps if you brush too hard). But we love her. Even if she has taken to thinking outside the litter box, if you know what I mean.

What's next, captions!?

"I has got Canons!"

Oh, the horror, the horror.

"...my philosophical contempt for clichés..." Oh, really? Yeah, pull the other one; it has bells on it.

Ya better watch it or I'm gonna start illustrating my columns with pictures of my beloved parrots!

pax / Ctein

P.S. It *IS* a very cute kitten. awwwww.

Ah but Mike,

It's not what you photograph but how you photograph it.

Just don't post a poorly composed/exposed picture of your toaster when you finally get around to buying a new camera.

I see 4 lights!

(Sorry, this is a very nerdish Star Trek: The Next Generation reference - though I suppose it does have something to do with the subject today: repeat something often enough and *someone* will believe it.)

Cat photographers anonymous?! No way! We need cat photo forum!

Oh wait ... I just did a search on flickr ... 2,543,525 cat photos ... never mind.

A great Response to a pink flower.
Thanks Mike

What??? If it was panthera tigris in the wild it would be OK, but because it's felis silvestris catus in somebody's arms it's not? Is that what I'm hearing?

It's a reasonably (even very) well executed picture of a cat with otherwise absolutely nothing to drag it from the ranks of mediocrity.

I guess that's kind of the problem with pet photos in the context of fine art, they're damnable with faint praises.

Take 2000 of these almost identical, maybe of the same cat, and you could be seen to be making some kind of a statement, however.

I'm working towards the 2000, but it's slow going.

I guess I'm just not cut out to be an artist.

Maybe I could be a photographer instead???

I'm a cat person really but to avoid approbation here's a dog.


For anyone who is interested in cats and art this book is absolutely a must-read: http://www.amazon.com/Why-Cats-Paint-Theory-Aesthetics/dp/1580087930/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195685352&sr=1-1

Sorry for the stupidly long URL.

Actually, you're quite wrong. My cat picture is extraordinary, and far better than almost anyone else's cat pictures.

That is the nature of cat pictures.

Mike J.

Just a couple cats


Uh, we need to talk about the bokeh in this picture.


Hmmm... Makes we wonder why cat pictures are cliche but people pics are not, at least not automatically. Well, I'd write more, but I'm heading out to do some gritty black and whites of street people.

But seriously, what is there to photograph that isn't at least somewhat cliche? About the only thing that I've been able to think of so far is boogers. Yup, boogers... can't think of any photos of boogers, at least not off-hand. I'm not doubting that they exist though, in fact I would be astounded if they didn't!


Wasn't it "Bodges? We don' need no steenkin' bodges!" ?

I don't like cats but sometimes there are photo opportunities one can't overlook. ;-)


That was priceless. I literally laughed out loud. ;-)

Thanks for getting my day started on the right foot,


Nice link! But this review of "Why Cats Paint" really make me laugh: http://www.amazon.com/review/R20C2OPETO93VC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


P.S. I'm starting to suspect that someone put something in my coffee. I don't normally laugh this much at work...

I knew there had to be a reason why the Pentax K10d manual had so many illustrations featuring cats.


Wouldn't it be the ultimate irony if Mike put his cute cat picture, with cute caption up for sale and it was successful beyond all imagining.

Years of work, dedication, study, struggle and all of a sudden, because of a cat snapshot, fame and untold millions.

Hello, my name is nextSibling (Hi, nextSibling!) and it's been three hours since I last took a picture of one of my cats.

Yes, I'll agree that they're an artless cliche and everything that can be said and written and photographed of cats has been. Cat photography is the last bastion of photographers bereft of creativity. So why should that stop me or anyone else? If our species has been adoring cats since the ancient Egyptians (or before?), it's surely futile to resist now. So I won't.


Mph, that 'LOLCtein' pretty much made my day.

I share your proclivity to photograph cats from time to time, primarily I because have a real "thing" for cats, big cats in particular. Whether cat pictures are cliche or not...cats are just too beautiful *not* to photograph.

P.S. Beautiful cat, btw.


During my misguided camera club days (a sad memory and confession!) one of the stolidly doctrinaire judges of the fortnightly competitions (God help me!) would disqualify any picture of a cat, regardless of merit. His reason, and the reason that I will not house a cat, living as I do in close proximity to a World Heritage Area of wilderness, is that the cute little animals revert back to their primitive hunting natures when close to home, and if they are attracted by the wilds become serious feral hunters of wild life, threatened and otherwise.

There are places to own and shoot pics of cats, around here the other meaning of shoot is more appropriate.

Regards - Ross

The last cat picture I took was of two cats attacking me and my two dogs....welcome to Kuwait ;)

(Now, where are the Sunset pictures?)

This year, I came runners-up in a national open subject photography competition with a picture of my kitten playing with a toy mouse. I'm a cat photographer and I'm proud! See picture two on the link:


I remember someone on the Canon SLR forum on dpreview writing a hilarious post a while back about Canon's latest sensor breakthrough, known as the CDBF sensor. It was specifically optimized for photographing cats, dogs, babies and flowers, since that was how most people used their expense SLR's with L-glass.

It was just a matter of time ... everyone knows all a KM 7D (or Sony for that matter) is good for is snapshots of cats & kids ... get a Nikon and maybe you'll start taking real pictures again !

- Dennis, 7D owner, shooter of cute kids :)

Well -
The MULTIPLE in the eyes keep it from bein' a 10 on my scorecard.....


I had a cat named Sexy that looked exactly like Ginny.

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