Much of the time Lucy ignores the many toys we've bought for her over the years but from time to time she suddenly finds the impulse to hunt. Today's favourite was this hamster and I found her sitting on the living room floor this afternoon contemplating it!
There are times when my inspiration to go outdoors to take photos evaporates and the only alternative is to photograph the cat. Of course, being black, Lucy always chooses the darkest corners in which to sit, creating some technical challenges. Over the years I've become quite adept at handling these and the modern technology in today's cameras certainly helps! This afternoon Lucy decided to sit in the middle of our living room to have a quick wash and brush up, presenting a handy photo opportunity.
My little mirrorless camera came in really handy with its articulated screen - great for capturing low angle shots without lying on the floor. My favourite lens, a little Leica-Panasonic f1.4 gem, and the ability to shoot at high ISO allowed me to collect enough light and in a few minutes I had a collection of cute feline portraits. Thank goodness for modern technology - I suspect even Henri Cartier-Bresson might have struggled to photograph a black cat in a dark spot with his Leica film camera!
A friend alerted me to some new street art in Chichester a few months back so I thought I'd take the opportunity today to photograph them both. As it happens both are paintings of cats, although they're very different in scale. In North Pallant I found an imposing picture called King of Cats by the Belgian artist Joachim. He seems a bit lost in this quiet side street and I can't help feeling he deserves a spot in a more heavily populated area.
Just a few hundred yards away, in West Pallant the other feline, this one by the artist JPS, is on a much smaller scale, standing no more than knee height. I took a couple of close ups but felt these didn't really give a sense of size so I waited a couple of minutes for some shoppers to come walking by. I'm not usually one for colour popping photos but in this situation it seemed appropriate to focus one's eye on this small but perfectly formed piece of street art.