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Cats at heart

Though I like all kinds of animals, I have a special love for cats. Not only as friends and companions but also as subjects for my art.

We got our first cat about ten years ago. It´s the brown cat with the long fur you can see in some of the pictures here. We named her Sessan. I had wanted a cat for a long time before that, but it seemed like something that would never happen until that girl stole the hearts of everyone in my family. She is a cat with plenty of attitude and confidence. But she can also be very funny and loving. When I went back home for Christmas after spending several months away, I really expected her to ignore me as punishment for leaving. I was surprised and happy when she instead came running to me.

Our second cat was Lilly. We adopted her from a shelter when she was already an adult. Her previous owner left her alone in his apartment without any company and without enough food. She is a special cat with lots of peculiar personality traits. While Lilly is  pretty shy and lacking the confidence of out other cat, she makes up for it with a gentle personality.

The other cats pictured here don´t belong to my family. I know some of them well enough, others are basically unknown to me.

I enjoy taking photos of cats. Most of them are really photogenic actually. But there are difficulties with every subject, of course. The most obvious one with cats is that they move around. And they rarely seem to in the mood for sitting still and having their pictures taken. Some sort of distraction might be needed. A lot of cats, and animals in general, also tend to come close in order to sniff the camera. I tend to let them, since this will usually make them lose interest in it.

These days, I do most of my photography of pets with my old 50mm lens. I tend to use a large aperture, since it can give a pretty nice effect if done right. But the depth of field makes focusing a bit tricky at times.

What kind of animals do you enjoy, as company and in art?

Remeber the butterflies

 

 

I have planned to do a post about butterflies for some time now, but there´s always been something else that I found more interesting. On the bright side, this long wait allowed me to get some more decent shots.

It´s funny how pictures I might have liked at the time  will always look worse when reviewed later. The´re completly unchanged of course. I´m the one who is constantly changing. I like to think that I´m improving, and my older photos are proof of that. But I´m also getting more picky. Photos that I would think very highly of back in the day would never make it out of the camera alive today.

Some of these shots did come out pretty well, at least that´s my opinion today. My sneaking up on bugs skills have improved a bit. And a lot of butterflies can sit surprisingly still. As long as you don´t let a shadow fall over them, then they are very likely to fly of. Staying quiet helps to.

There was a fair deal of cropping in some places here, because I wanted to show of more of the detail in the butterflies. I was actually impressed by the sharpness even when cropping of a lot. Is this in part because of the bigger sensor of the dSLR compared to the compacts I´ve been using? I included a very close crop of one picture, just because I thought it might be of interest to someone. It´s not that bad really.

Although most pictures went through some cropping, the kit lens performs very well when it comes to close-ups as it is. At least that´s what I think. It´s very rare that I remove anything if the subject is a flower, for example.

Are bugs a common subject for you?

 

Flowers everywhere!

Sorry about posting two things about flowers and photography in a row, but it´s that time of the year:)

We finally had some sun and warmth today. Hopefully it lasts until the day we graduate from school.

I´ve been doing some drawing as well, and recently I got some oil paints as a gift. So some more stuff is to be expected soon. I hope to have some more time soon, when school ends.

Flowers of spring

 I looked through the photos on my laptop today, and found some stuff from a beautiful spring day 🙂 Just the thing to cheer you up on a rainy day like this.

Photography is really my biggest passion as far as art goes. I have been doing it for a long time. I´m sure it´s not the area where I produce the best results, but I still enjoy it very much. And lately I have started to take it more seriously. It´s gret to always have new things to explore. There are new things to learn every time I pick up the camera.

And I still don´t have my own camera 😛 The one used for this shot belong to my boyfriends father. I have high hopes for my graduation present, but you never know. Just one more week until i find out 😀

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