Four Faces

four black cat faces
Four Faces, poster edges.

The Fantastic Four are constantly arranging themselves into abstract, inspiring, cute, noble and confusing configurations. I should be accustomed to it by now, but I can watch them all day sleeping in a pile on the floor behind me (on top of the extra-large canvas shopping bag that had been Mr. Sunshine’s mancatcave, as every feline heap must have a good base and reason for collecting) as they settle, and settle, and settle again, then all get up and stretch and bathe each other and resettle.

It’s difficult to photograph four black cats and get enough details in a photo like this that a viewer can understand it on a computer screen, even using a flash which can’t get a reading for hot to set itself. Sometimes my poor camera, trying to find something to focus on in all that black fur, beeps repeatedly in total visual confusion telling me, “I just don’t see anything but black!!”

Above I adjusted the contrast in the image and dramatically lightened it overall, then applied a modified poster edges filter. Below is the original photo in pretty much the original values, lightened just a little.

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Four Faces, original photo.


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6 thoughts on “Four Faces

  • November 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Reading your posts and seeing your pictures makes me feel that I should have at least one black cat in our family. That would balance out our tortie and torbie nicely.


    • November 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Sue, it’s an interesting combination here–two torties and five black cats! Every home should have a black cat, though.


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