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Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: David Mantripp on January 03, 2006, 10:44:23 AM
Well, I knew this site has pretty diverse tastes, and goes way beyond the scope of just Landscape.....but I NEVER thought I'd see a "this is my cat" shot here    
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: michael on January 03, 2006, 11:13:36 AM
Every photographer is allowed one cat picture a year.

I simply figured that I'd get mine out of the way early.

Michael
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Jack Flesher on January 03, 2006, 11:52:26 AM
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Every photographer is allowed one cat picture a year.

I simply figured that I'd get mine out of the way early.

Michael
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Mark D Segal on January 03, 2006, 01:28:28 PM
drm - but it is clearly not HIS cat!    
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ben Rubinstein on January 03, 2006, 06:50:37 PM
What the heck is the point of a cat shot if it's not to prove just how sharp a lens is or some other pixel peeping use?  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Scott_H on January 03, 2006, 08:58:08 PM
I have two from last year, so that probably used up my allotment for this year as well.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 03, 2006, 09:48:19 PM
One of mine was selected for showing in an exhibit of nude photographs at MIT many years ago. Curated by Minor White, the show was called "Being Without Clothes". The two images in the show that weren't human nudes were one of a clothesline with empty clothespins on it, and my cat.    

So cats are Art.    

Thank you Michael.

Eric
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: dabreeze on January 03, 2006, 10:11:04 PM
hey . . .

cats are, well, they're just cats . . . but when you get a good one, they're putty fine!

(http://k41.pbase.com/v3/10/364410/1/50756146.B5FS5197copy.jpg)
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: dabreeze on January 03, 2006, 10:14:36 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!
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and this coming from a guy whose avatar is a cat!! a blue & green-eyed photoshop cat to boot!! far exceeds one cat per year and should possibly be reprimanded!! michael?
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 05, 2006, 08:39:24 AM
Well, if I am permitted by Michael to use up my quota for previous years, I'd like to show a few cat shots. They're not my cats and I take no responsibility for things being out of focus since I didn't take the shots because I'm in the shots.

As you can see, I'm not particularly confident in this environment.

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Oh! I forgot to mention. Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Canon 24-105.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Mark D Segal on January 05, 2006, 09:18:22 AM
Ray, now THOSE are CATS! Please tell us a bit about the context. Is this in a game sanctuary? Obviously well trained animals otherwise you wouldn't have been quite so chummy with them?
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 05, 2006, 09:51:05 AM
Wow! With cats like those, I think even Michael should be willing to relax the quota. Do tell us about them, Ray.

Eric
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Post by: DaveW on January 05, 2006, 10:02:38 AM
Ray - I have to ask - is that the famous monastery where they raise the tigers and other wild animals and they all live peacefully together??
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 05, 2006, 10:18:22 AM
There's a group of Buddhist monks near Kanachanaburi, the site of the Alec Guiness WWll 'Bridge over the River Kwai' film, the Burma Death Railway, whatever you want to call it, who are trying to save the tiger from extinction.

The tigers I'm interacting with have of course been bred in captivity. They spend the evening and nights locked in cages but are released around 2pm each day to get a bit of freedom in a small canyon type environment where tourists can pay to get close, touch them, photograph them, be photographed with them. Of course you have to sign a waiver before you get in. The purpose of the venture is to raise money for an enlarged sanctuary so tigers can be bred without too close a contact with humans and be released into the jungle. Anyone getting accidentally eaten, who's family were to sue the temple for negligence, would defeat the entire purpose of the project.

I believe it's a fairly unique situation and I travelled to Kanchanaburi specifically to see the tigers rather than the bridge.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 05, 2006, 10:35:52 AM
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Ray - I have to ask - is that the famous monastery where they raise the tigers and other wild animals and they all live peacefully together??
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It might be. There are other creatures in the compound; peacocks, chickens, goats, pigs, cows, horses. But I don't thing the tigers are allowed to 'interact' with them, if you get my meaning   .

There are a couple of small hillocks as one approaches the canyon where the tigers loll around, play and fight. As I departed, I climbed one of these hills to photograph an overview of the scene. I was immediately shouted at by one of the monks to get down. Apparently there was a risk the tigers would think I was a goat and race towards me. I made some facetious remark that at least I would be able to get some stunning shots as the tigers bounded towards me, but either the humour was lost, in bad taste, or the English wasn't translated.  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: mikeseb on January 05, 2006, 12:30:33 PM
Had cats my whole young life; a good cat is indeed "putty good". Problem is, they are allergen-bearing, litter-box-befouling, gutted-rodent-fetching bags of hair and dandruff and the other histamine-producing accoutrements thereof.

My daughter is begging for one; my wife's and my son's conjunctiva and mucous membranes immediately swell and weep upon entering any cat-infested abode.

I am told that one can, through diligent bathing or grooming of said cat, reduce the allergen production to nil. My experience with cats past says that this regimen is likely to be met with feline skepticism, nay outright clawed and fanged resistance.

THey are awfully nice to look at, and seem to know how to live large. I want to be one in my next life.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Hank on January 05, 2006, 01:52:56 PM
My mom's favorite quip is that if there's such a thing as reincarnation, she wants to come back as one of my cats.

My favorite cat shot?  I left a 13x19 sheet of matte paper on the desktop while answering the phone, then printed it.  It took a while to recognize the pattern that appeared crossing the image, but then it dawned on me.  Cat tracks.  Yup, I framed it.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: framah on January 05, 2006, 04:33:41 PM
Mike... It's true, you can bathe a cat. They really don't seem to mind and the only drawback is all the hairs that stick to your tongue.  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Scott_H on January 05, 2006, 07:54:33 PM
I'm always amazed at how similar house cats and big cats can be, or at least appear to be.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 06, 2006, 08:09:08 PM
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THey are awfully nice to look at, and seem to know how to live large. I want to be one in my next life.
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Well, I sure hope you don't escape into the bush in Australia. Feral cats cause an enormous amount of species extinction here. I live in a rural area and often see one prowling at night. If I owned a gun I'd shoot them them all.

They are particularly damaging during periods of drought. When water and food become scarce, the native animals tend to congregate at a relatively small number of water holes or oases. It's their lifeline to survival in the arid regions.

Along comes a cat that used to be someone's pet and decimates the entire population of small creatures.

Do you really want to be an environmental vandal in your next life?  

Or maybe you had in mind you'd just like to loll around on someones sofa all day and never be let out to play with and torture harmless lizards in the garden.  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: 61Dynamic on January 07, 2006, 12:07:37 AM
Dang Ray, it's a good thing those cats aren't looking in your direction in that last picture. Can't say that's the smartest thing to do at a cat capable of licking your skin off.

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Mike... It's true, you can bathe a cat. They really don't seem to mind and the only drawback is all the hairs that stick to your tongue.  
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My cat minds. A helluva lot too.
*Dang* I noticed that was a joke. Didn't notice the last half until I posted...

Since I'm in a screwy mood, here's my favorite cat picture:
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: macgyver on January 07, 2006, 01:16:34 AM
My cat sheds so much I worry more about cat hair in the sensor than dust of any kind.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 07, 2006, 03:48:21 AM
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Dang Ray, it's a good thing those cats aren't looking in your direction in that last picture. Can't say that's the smartest thing to do at a cat capable of licking your skin off.
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The only licking I saw was this, below, and the cat wasn't looking in my direction.

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Nice tiger! Nice tiger! I'm not at all tasty.  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 07, 2006, 04:54:30 AM
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On the other hand, this tiger above looked as though it really fancied me.

Hhm! I'm getting a bit tired of this chicken meat they keep feeding me. Could this guy be a bit more substantial? I'm a bit worried about that large black thing he's got sticking out of his face. I'm used to small, shiny, silver things. I wonder if that makes a difference. Is he going to be more tasty or less tasty?

What if the monks beat me with their big stick. That's not very nice. Maybe I'll just let things be.

Phew!, thought I. What a narrow escape.  
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: DarkPenguin on January 07, 2006, 11:53:31 AM
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My cat sheds so much I worry more about cat hair in the sensor than dust of any kind.
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First time I cleaned my sensor I opened the camera.  Set it down.  Turned to apply the eclipse fluid.  Turned back and found my cat (Rushmore) with her nose in the camera.

I screamed.
Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 07, 2006, 12:05:31 PM
You got to learn how to control these cats or they'll get the better of you. Here's an example of me and the monk in complete control   .

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Title: Now I've seen it all
Post by: Ray on January 08, 2006, 06:22:58 AM
I don't understand why I often get duplicate thumbnails, so I'm trying this post again in order to avoid them.

I began by saying you're probably fed up with this little ego trip of mine. I should quit but I can't resist posting this one last shot of one of the kittens. They are so cute. And Oh!, such lovely blue eyes.


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This shot was taken with the Canon 24-105 at full extension (see what a coward I am   ). F8 and 1/60th. 1/60th!! I hear you ask. Yes, 1/60th but with flash. It was late in the afternoon.

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