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  • Posted Aug. 24, 2007 by Lisa in Spike. Viewed 5283 times

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This week, I wanted to get some close ups of Spike. I decided to treat him like a flower and posed him in front of the black board. :) He was amazingly cooperative. Who knew he could be such a patient and willing model!

I've been trying for ages to get his whiskers but it never really worked out. His eyes too. I used the 28-105 lens so I could get close and move fast. I also used my SB800 flash with a diffuser. At first, I had it set to underexpose the flash by 1 stop. Then I put it on full power. The first and last shot were at full power, the rest were under exposed a little. The last shot was too harsh and I thought it looked better in sepia. The first shot I toned down a little.

By the way, he didn't mind the flash, I think because it was still pretty light out. I've been told that my flash is blinding in the dark. Or maybe he's just a pro now and these photo sessions don't bother him anymore. :)

Stats - D200 w/28-105 lens and SB800 flash.

I'm ready for my close up!

What, you call that close?

I even combed my whiskers!

Ooh, is that a bird. (he was inside so it was wishful thinking on his part!)

This is my sad, I haven't been fed my dinner yet, look.

Spike, cat of mystery.

No, I don't color my nose! It's completely natural.

Do I need a breath mint?


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    • # Jack

      he truly is a beautiful cat. i love his orange highlights. and the black background brings his colors out.

      2007.08.28 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Nemedine

      Nagyon klassz sorozat. Örülhet a cica, hogy ilyen jó portrésorozat készült róla.

      2007.08.28 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Simone

      I love #9!! :) great set!!!!!!!! :) [when my cat see me with my camera run away..doesn't he feel like a model??,..I want that cat!!!! :P hihi!! :D]

      2007.08.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lisa

      Oh, there are always a lot of photos with just an ear or the top of his head or his backside leaving the frame. I just don't show those to you guys. :) It helps that he's like my shadow when I get home from work and likes to hang out wherever I am.

      2007.08.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Magpy

      another fun set! how do you do it? every time I try and take pics like that of my cats they move at the strategic moment and flash me

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lisa

      Thanks :) I think he's just happy I'm paying him some attention. :)

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Alan

      I don't know what to say! The detail, the closeness, the subject being so co-operative, it's all good. I'm gob smacked. 7, 8 and 9 are tops. Excellent

      /me shuts up

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      Yeah it is Spike Friday!! Such a cool cat.. Where do I sign up for the SPIKE fan club?? What a great model and ham if I may say so!! His markings are stunning and I love the hint of orange on his nose.! Very awesome Spike post!!

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      As usual you have cqptured the character of your cat. I couldn't do all the technical things you do as my camera is primitive by today's standards so have to rely on my subects already looking good. Spike as Tiger is my favorite. It wouldn't be Friday without him.

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Elke

      I`m deep in love with Spike !!!!!!!!!!!!!
      A great photoshuting !!!
      My cat Mic-Mac has no chance beside your "Tiger". :-))

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jannie

      Lisa, the stripey rotter never looked better! Spike is so terribly handsome, and I think he just might know it. Beautiful beautiful set! I guess if babies can survive 6,784 flashes in a year so can a kitty! I love your captions, you & Spike always make me laugh.... and I look forward to Fridays all the more!! Thank you

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Diana

      spike spike... always so handsome...! so many beautiful colors in his cute face! puuuuurfect!

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel