Desparate House Cats of Randolph County

This is a “light” posting week for me, as I’m enjoying some much needed down time. I thought I’d leave you with at least one image for the week. This is one of my cats – Blackie. Not a very creative name on my part, but nonetheless it works. :)

She’s a black tabby, and apparently this breed is known for being hunters. I’d believe it, as she is always catching something in the yard. Twice in the last 2 years, she’s caught a baby chipmunk. First one didn’t make it, but I think I intervened in enough time to save the second one.

One day she was after a mouse in the driveway that ran up under one of my tires. Every time she’d try to catch it, it would take off and run around the other side. Well, kid you not this went on for several minutes. I’m standing there with my neighbor and we’re just laughing watching this cat chase this tiny mouse round and round my tire. She kept switching directions enough and finally caught it. I wished I had recorded a video of it!

On a Different Note
I was hiking on the Thornburg trail this past Sunday evening and met some folks from the Greensboro Astronomy club. They had their telescopes out in the parking lot and graciously let me get a up close view of the moon and a few stars. Pretty cool!

Also, the trail was surprisingly overgrown once you cross the bridge over Betty McGees Creek. Remember it is hunting season, so if you’re out in the woods wear bright colors. Talk to you next week! ~MB

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2 thoughts on “Desparate House Cats of Randolph County

  1. So here’s where your expertise is needed since you are a photographer of cats. How do you photograph a solid black cat so that it doesn’t turn out to be a big black blob?. Indoors only, so shooting outside isn’t an option.

    Blackie is gorgeous. Never heard of a black tabby, but I’m very partial to black cats (both my cats are solid black – not a speck of white anywhere) so I’ll keep my eye out for that type of tabby marking.

  2. Hey Karen,
    it’s late and I’m fading fast, but I think what you need to do is switch your camera to spot metering. Most dslrs (depending on model perhaps some P&S cameras to) have 3 kinds of metering: Matrix, Center-weighted and spot. When you switch to spot metering, the camera only exposes for what you’re pointing at.
    For example, a black cat or maybe someone’s face in bright sunlight. If your camera has some manual capabilities, you can also override the meter by using exposure compensation. If shooting in Ap/Sh priority modes for example, just increase exposure by +.3 to +1. Let me know how that works for you! MB

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