A friend from work got herself a blue burmese kitten for Xmas, flown down from the North Island. She didn’t name him until she had a chance to get to know him. Everyone, please meet Puff the Blue Burmese Kitten!
He is incredibly full of energy and also very snuggly and has loud purr for such a small creature. I spent some time getting to know him, and then we draped some black sheets over the bed to provide a neutral background.
Was shooting with my 17-55 F2.8 lens on, but the available light was very limited and even with adjusting my ISO up to 400 I still wasn’t getting sharp shots, not with a kitten moving at high speed!
I prefer not to use flash with animals, as it can scare them, and it also has a harsher light. I didn’t actually take my big flash for this reason, so these shots are just with the popup flash.
Oddly once I started shooting Puff sat still and stared at the camera for a minute or two, and wasn’t too bothered when I popped off a few flash shots. One of the benefits of using flash is it does darken the background a lot, so with the black fabric down you have no idea I am shooting in a bedroom with one window to my left in the middle of the day
Puff was too playful and showing no sign of slowing down, so I didn’t bother for trying for more shots for too much longer. Patience is a key thing when shooting animals, especially a kitten with a lot of energy and a habit of pouncing on anything that moves
I hope his new mum likes these shots, hopefully I can go back when he is a bit older and calmer. Despite having to use the flash I am pleased with these shots.
Do you like them? Is the flash effect too much?