Sock Garter Cat

June 25, 2011

Sometimes, you really need to take your time with a shot. Think about it before you even pull your camera out. Take a reading with the light meter. Compose. Focus. Look up, think some more. Re-focus. By the time the shutter goes off, five minutes have whizzed by.

That’s usually how I shoot with the Rolleiflex, maddening as it can be for anyone who has to dawdle around while I go through the process. I’ve been trying to be more spontaneous lately and what better to do that with than cats? It’s no wonder why 90% of my cats on film depict them lounging around in a late-afternoon nap. At least with a person you can verbally direct them – but cats? Cats don’t care. I established that long ago.

Maybe it’s just the “sock garter,” but I still like this shot a lot, despite its softness and the eyes being out of focus. There’s another frame of Braveheart stretching on this same roll that I nailed, though, so I’m definitely making progress.

Happy Caturday!

Camera: Rolleiflex 2.8C
Film: Fuji Pro 400H
Scanned from a negative developed by Blue Moon Camera & Machine

mine, name’s neckie. he’s dead already.

[] Yeah, I skimmed it. Sad and disgusting. :[

:( I actually find it hard to read about, and not much fazes me anymore.

[] Ugh, seriously? Poor kitties. :[

[] Hah, totally! Kinda gives ’em the illusion of a Billy Idol-like sneer.

some sicko is hurting cats not too far from Portland lately. :( get these kitties indoors…

I love it! Who cares about sharp? And we have a cat like that on our block. I accidentally rescued it once and then found out that it’s an outdoor cat. Oops!

I love socky cats! There used to be a similar one in this hood, but I haven’t seen her in too long. Pout.