russian blue

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Usually you’d have to get her into the travelbox by force, but if it’s high up, and there’s something crackling like a straw hat hanging around, she’s game.

Russian Blue

D700 snapshot with flash

Just because she’s SO cute…

Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/6.7, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

But then again… She is so much more patient with me. And she doesn’t mind if I stuff a macro lens right up in her face. At least not immediately…

Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/6.7, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

The smart-phone has a camera. A whopping 5 megapixel one.
Being a photographer, I guess I’m critical when it comes to photographing. I can tell you that this “camera” is a piece of crap. The previous phone (HTC) had a 2 or 3 mp camera and that was even crappier, and I assumed that the camera technology since the first version of that HTC -I’ve had it for about 1,5 years before it turned retard on me – would’ve been improved since than, but no. The quality is still crap. The amount of pictures I shot with the HTC you can count on the fingers of 2 hands. I predict that it won’t be much more with this phone. I’ve considered getting the Nokia N8, one of the reasons was because it has a 12 mp camera, but I can’t say anything about the quality of it (decided against getting it anyway after some good advise from a friend).
But anyway… I think it will take still a very long time (if at all) before phones will have cameras with acceptable quality. They are just too flimsy, you can’t do any decent manual settings and I’m even having trouble shooting an in-focus image, because the phone is so thin and wobbly and you can’t really hold it firmly to make pictures.

For a quick snap-shot it’ll have to do, though, even if it’s got “camera” shake, a shitload of noise (@ ISO400, how sad is that?) and very flat colors (funny values in phone for taking this picture, too!):

The cat relaxing

Samsung Galaxy S, ISO400, 1/17 sec @ f/2.6, focal length 3,5mm (<- ?)

Maybe I really should…..

😀

Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

It would’ve been a great day to go out shooting, but I haven’t really been feeling all that well. I guess the structural 4-5 hour nights of sleep are finally catching up with me. Tonight’s early to bed. For real.
In the mean time you’ll just have to settle with some more pet-images. They’re an easy subject/target. And like me they’re having a lovely lazy Sunday.
There’s some weird interaction going on between cat and turtle, though. Or… It’s more one-directional interaction.

Cat and turtle

D700, ISO800, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

And the other cat just doesn’t care. He sleeps and sleeps, and sleeps, and eats, and sleeps, and sleeps…

Bombay

D700, ISO800, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

Sometimes I just wish I was a cat and had it as good as our cats.
It’d be great to just be able to sleep 18 hours a day, stir up some dust for half an hour or an hour after my owner’s gone to bed, get good food 3 times a day when all I have to do is annoyingly meow for it for an hour continuously, stroll around the apartment aimlessly for an hour or so and jump onto places where I’m not supposed to jump on, and hold my buddy by the head with my front paws and kick the crap out of him with my back paws for an hour a day…
Sounds like something I could do, at least for awhile…

Sparring

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera flash

After a couple of days of gray, overcast weather we got another really nice day. Chilly and windy, but sunny and nice. The cats especially seem to like these kind of days, and they tend to pick a sunny spot in between the shadows in the apartment to stretch out or to relax. I’d like to do that too, but usually the sunny spots in between the shadows aren’t big enough for me to stretch out… Unfortunately…
(Oh, and yes, those eyes are really that color, no image manipulation there.)

Bombay

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera fill flash

Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/320 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera fill flash

So I did a couple of those, here and there. You saw a few posts ago the ones I did in Portland, and quite a while back the ones of our own cats. And they keep on being a source of inspiration.
They’re a pair of silly, and curious beings, that surprise you all the time with the funkiest stuff, or the weirdest positions, or whatever… One of their favorite spots is on the light on the aquarium, because it’s warm and nice, and they just squeeze up behind a flower pot which is standing there. And when we’re sitting at the dining table having breakfast, you get these kinds of peek-a-boo moments when they hear or smell something…

Bombay

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

Russian Blue

D700, ISO1600, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm