Daily Photo: Drama in the Stairway

two black cats
“Drama in the Stairwell”

Really, they are just kind of hanging out enjoying the sunshine even though it looks as if Giuseppe might be in trouble with Mewsette for some reason. But Mewsette isn’t that kind of kitty, and Giuseppe is just enjoying a bit of a snooze.

I not only take photos knowing they’ll be nice photos, I sometimes just point my camera and see what happens, adjust a few manual settings, approach from an odd angle, just let it happen, and this was from a series of those sorts of photos, and the first name for this photo was “Just and Interesting Shot”.

Even the good DSLR has a hard time with all the black fur and the glare of a spot of sunshine, so when I saw Giuseppe walking up the steps and Mewsette at the top with sun on her head, little smears of sunlight on the edges of the steps and reflecting in interesting colors, I took a few shots. Apparently the camera metered the light for the brightest areas because I could see the bright streaks of sunlight and everything else was dark.

But I’ve learned what’s in those shadows. I could see the silhouette of Giuseppe’s profile, and Mewsette’s eyes and just a bit of sun on her. I always shoot both JPG and RAW files, so I opened the RAW file and changed the exposure a bit to see a few details. It’s already a bit grainy but after this point it the grain just looked like dirt, so I stopped here, took a look at it in black and white, decided I liked the oversaturated blue and yellow highlights and left it at that because I like the outline of Mewsette’s face and the curving lines of her whiskers, and the flash of light on Giuseppe’s chest and on his leg right above his paw, the little bit of light on the step that just defines him.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Drama in the Stairway

    • May 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Savannah, she was enjoying her space alone, then G came and sat near her–she is waiting for him to do something irritating to her!


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