This week’s theme was Graveyards. I’ve been thinking about where to shoot this and I was going to head up to this cool graveyard in the next town but I looked out the window and saw our cat hanging out by our very own graveyard, for cats, and thought I couldn’t pass this up.
I run out there with my camera, kneel down and snap. Did I get the perfect shot? No. So I reframed to get the entire cat in the frame and shot again, but by that time the cat turned his head. In reviewing the photos I decided to go with the one that was less perfectly framed but captured the emotion that I wanted. I’m the kind of photographer that chooses emotion over perfection.
The cat, Blue, is standing by the graves of our other cats. One of them was his brother, who was very tragically and graphically hit by the car a year or so ago. They were litter mates that we rescued from our neighbor’s garage where they had been born to a stray cat. They were sick with eye infections and needed medical care. We nursed them back to health and worked hard with them to be socialized. We kept two, gave one to my sister and found a home for the other.
Blue is the alpha cat of the litter. He was very hissy. He is the cutest little snuggly thing now, while still maintaining his street cred. His brother Boots was destroyed by a car on the street near us. I say destroyed because he was unrecognizable. It was a horrific sight and odd how I was the one who found him even though I don’t typically go that way in the mornings. Strange how those things work. I’m glad it was me and that I was able to bring him home and bury him.
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I shot this session with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only), and a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras with no flash.
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