Daily Photo: Professional Photobombers

two black cats in box.
Mimi and Bean quietly share the sunny box.

Photographing black cats is a challenge, but I know the good spots—and it’s fortunate they like the good spots, but then what kitty doesn’t like a box filled with spring sun?

Mimi was here first but there was room for Jelly Bean to share one of Mewsette’s latest works, “Random Dots”, a custom-decorated cardboard cat bed. Every home should have one. And they could. Mewsette is prolific. No cardboard is safe. But for now, two happy black cats are relaxing in the sun-filled box.

These photos of black cats in challenging lighting require patience, planning and a steady hand since the shutter speed is often slow enough to allow a slight blur, or more than a slight blur. So as I station myself on the steps with my long, heavy 80-300 lens extended waiting for these two in the box to pause a bit in bathing each others’ faces and hold still at just the moment when the sun is at the perfect angle to reflect up onto their faces…

two black cats in box.
Usually it’s more like this, with Giuseppe.

Giuseppe realizes we are taking a photo and he’s not in it! I have three photos of partial Giuseppes and six where they began bathing each other again, and just one good clear photo.

But before I even began working on photographing Bean and Mimi in the box, there was just a wonderful composition of Mimi alone, at the top of the stairs, in a sunbeam, and then…

two black cats in box.
And just as often like this.

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What other photos have I shared on this date?


Lazy, 2013
two black cats
Just plain lazy.

Giuseppe uses Mewsette’s belly as a pillow. Not sure she’s entirely happy, but they spent the afternoon atop the wardrobe, looking like a totally confusing pile of black fur.

I guess they worked really hard while I was gone….and it was an unusually hot day.

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Kitty Camouflage, 2012
cat on patterned background
Kitty Camouflage!

Something I’ve wanted to do for years with this photo of Nikka. She is so well camouflaged on the flowered background that I decided to use the Cutout filter in PhotoShop to make it really look like camouflage. I think I may need to rescan it too, to lose those bitmappy edges.

Someday I’ll get around to telling Nikka’s story. She was Fawn‘s sister and was adopted, but at a certain point I had to go and take her back. Someday, I’ll tell that one.

Just for reference, here’s the reference photo.

calico cat on calico couch
Where is Nikka?!

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Watch Cats One, Two, Three, 2011
three black cats at window
Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Mimi arrange themselves in a perfect composition.

Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Mimi turn their heads at nearly the same angle and arrange themselves according to height to observe the morning neighborhood.

Tell me they’re not aware of what they’re doing…

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Professional Photobombers

  • May 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

    mewsette…yur werk on thiz box shows an eggzcellant display oh form & function, style & creativitee !!! ♥ grate job !!

    • May 22, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, Tabbies, Mewsette is very serious about her work–and she’ll work on other things I’d rather she didn’t if I don’t give her a box!


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