Daily Photo: Mr. Sunshine and The Basket

black cat in basket
Lurking in Black and White.

This is a very large, sturdy flat basket that I use at shows and festivals, and in between to move things around in my studio when I need to clear a workspace, except that it most often has a cat in it, or several cats as the case may be. Mr. Sunshine discovered it on the table and, seeing he had it all to himself decided to make a good time of it.

Above, I simply desaturated to make the image black and white.

black cat in basket
With Green Eyes.

Here, I desaturated everything but his eyes, then added a 10% deep yellow filter back into it when it looked too stark. I also shot it on an angle intentionally because it takes a pretty static, common composition and literally puts it a little off-kilter, and makes you wonder what the black cat is up to, especially with one paw on the edge of the basket, and one claw showing.

You’ve seen enough of my studio to know it’s always got stuff stacked everywhere since I always have projects going and the room will never be big enough. So seeing Mr. Sunshine happily settling in and exploring the space within the basket I tossed a piece of neutral-colored mat board up against the pile of stuff always at the end of my work table so he’d have a solid, light-colored background that wouldn’t interfere with the light and color metering in my camera.

black cat in basket
Classic Sepia.

Sleepy kitty in basket! I desaturated and gave it a sepia filter just to warm it up.

I did get a number of nice photos, of which these are my favorites. Wasn’t it nice not to be distracted by all my stuff in the background for once?

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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Mr. Sunshine and The Basket

  • September 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Great photos of a very photogenic subject! By the way, I am always reassured by your “stuff”. It makes me feel at home 🙂

  • September 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Great photos – my favorite is “With Green Eyes”!

    • September 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Vicki, that was the one that made me post more than one photo! The top one looks better when it’s really big, but I like the movement in it.


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