Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Top Tip for Pet Photography



Meet Cortana. 
(bonus points for recognising the name without looking it up)

We adopted her in 2002. She distracts me while I write, as all good cats do.

I wish I could take credit for this photo, but hubby took it a couple of weeks ago. She's a tricksy creature to photograph. Every time I point the camera at her, she looks away or runs off.

My top tip for snapping a great shot: Patience!

I'm in the middle of a number of projects at the moment and, along with getting myself caught up with some unavoidable distractions life brings along, I need some time to focus. I'll be back on Wednesday 7th August for the Insecure Writers' Support Group post.

In the meanwhile, happy writing and happy snapping!


57 comments:

  1. Takes some time off. It's quiet here in the blogging world anyway, so good timing.
    Nice shot of Cortana. Sorry, too early in the morning for bonus points.

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  2. Aww, she's precious. And I'm like you, I have such a terrible time getting decent pics of my pets. I think it's because I am the most impatient person on the planet!

    Enjoy your break and see you in August. :)

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  3. Great picture, my Patches, hates when I get the camera out. She runs away, and I have so few really great photo's of her.

    This is a great picture. Enjoy your break!

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  4. Have a most excellent and productive break!!

    Cortana is GORGEOUS!!! What a sweetie pie!!! Take care
    x

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    1. hehe, I thought you might like her ;)
      I wonder if Charlie, Gumtree and Cortana would all get along :)

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  5. Great shot, animals can be hard to shoot. I just keep clicking, 1 of a 100 usually work. And it is from Halo! Bonus points, yippeee!

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    1. Winner!!
      And yep, gotta love the digital camera. I do tend to take a gazillion photos before I get a good one ;)

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  6. My kids were the same with photos - lots of patience required! :) Great shot! Enjoy getting caught up with life!

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  7. she likes her privacy like all real royals....

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    1. She certainly rules the house!

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    2. He's referring to himself, Lynda. He likes to pur.

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    3. Oddly enough I can picture Dezzy purring...

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  8. Nice shot of Cortana. Yes, its important to take some time off. Enjoy your break.

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  9. Great shot! Love her eyes :) Hope you have a nice, productive bit of time off!

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  10. What a sweetie! She must've been half-asleep and mellow for the hubbs to have snapped that shot. I fail, because I had to look up "Cortana." No wonder I didn't know, if it was part of a vid game. ;o)

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  11. That photo really caught my eye! Gorgeous shot of your gorgeous cat!

    I try and take pictures of my dogs, and it takes lots and lots of patience and multiple shots!

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  12. Beautiful! Totally relate to the break. I have one upcoming. See you August 7!

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  13. That is a great picture! Enjoy your short time away, Lynda. I've been doing the same thing too.

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  14. What a graceful, gorgeous post. I learn from you, Lynnie. Pretty, pretty kitty, too. :)

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  15. Its all good. Know what you mean.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  16. I love the picture, and I love cats. We only have five. ;) One time my dad and I went out to buy hamster food and came back with two kittens. Also, patience is always a good lesson. Have fun on your break.

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    1. kittens are just so darned adorable!! And Cortana never grew up. She's a giant kitten ;)

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  17. Yup, patience. My girls always look away or run off, too.

    Focus is sometimes hard to come by. Boredom helps me... So I'll be taking a blogcation most of August.

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    1. I'm thinking it's a good time to take a break

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  18. Great picture of your cat! I like the lighting. She seems so serious!

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    1. That serious look is her plotting ways to get us in our sleep ;)

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  19. nice the way the sun is hitting her fur, but her eyes are in shadow. And I've been a bad blogger lately, but a good writer. :) I've been very selfish with my writing time this summer. Gotta do what we gotta do to finish.

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  20. Also a good tip, using camera phones so you don't miss any cuteness.

    Aren't cats such helpful writing buddies?

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  21. Cortana? From Halo?

    Get back soon!

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  22. Patience seems to be the key for many achievements, doesn't it?

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  23. Cleemckenziebooks took the words right out of my mouth.

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  24. Awesome picture! Enjoy your time off and hope you get everything done you need to!

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  25. My brain powers till amazes me. Cortana. I only looked to verify. Now if I could only recognize if it was the right or left side of my brain that recognized and remembered the name. They're in constant battle with each other.

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    1. and yet one can't survive without the other ;)

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  26. She doesn't look too impressed! I have heaps of trouble snapping my little dog too.
    All the best for your projects. Just when I was going to ask for something, drat!
    c u for IWSG.

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    1. Now I'm curious... what were you going to ask?

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  27. She's gorgeous! I love tortoise-shell cats. I hope you get a lot done during your blogging break. :-)

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  28. Love the picture. Good to know that cats behave the same way no matter what country they are from. :-)

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  29. Great photo with the sunlight... nice shot, hubby:) Patience is so right... I sometimes take a billion photos before I get the right one of my cat...hehe

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  30. Aww, such a pretty kitty. Animals don't like to cooperate, do they?

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  31. That is a great shot! Hope the break is productive! :)

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  32. Ah patience, the greatest virtue. It's never been my strongest point, haha!

    Jai

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  33. I am sorry I did not qualify for the bonus points, but I will never forget those eyes!

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  34. Nice shot:) I have a baby...also quite distracting;)

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  35. Yes, patience is definitely the virtue while taking pet shots!

    Nas

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  36. You have a really nice looking cat!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  37. beautiful pictures! I love taking pictures of my kitties as well. Something about their playfulness!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  38. Yes! I agree. Pets don't always want to cooperate, so you have to keep trying until they're ready. By the way, Cortana is beautiful.

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  39. Beautiful kitty, Lynda. Our Baxter is all black and he is difficult to photograph for that reason. If I snap enough pictures, eventually one will be in the right light with Baxter in an appropriate pose--not washing the base of his tail! LOL!
    Blessings!
    Pam

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  40. What a beautiful cat. I have 2 beauties. But kitty(that's her real name) who's 18 now had kidney renal failure. Makes me sad. But she's still doing pretty good right now.

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  41. Oh pets can be so frustrating when they don't stay still for a photo. Especially when they're doing something cute! The second you pull the camera out, it's too late. Hope you can get some good photos of Cortana yourself soon :)

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