A friend of mine from work has got herself a kitten. Tui is a 6 week old silver tabby bundle of purrs, and I went around yesterday to try and get some nice photos of him for her. It was a good learning experience. I decided to go armed with the 50mm prime as my best option. Her house has quite a lot of wood inside so is quite dark. I had also left it a smidge too late in the day and we started to lose light towards the end.
First I shot on P but Tui was moving so quickly I wasn’t able to get crisp shots. So I moved over to Shutter Priority and put it at 1/160th sec and that seemed to help. Tho I did get a series of quite dark shots where that was obviously too fast and not enough aperture so not enough light. And then I went back to P and got a couple of nicely lit shots at the end as the light was a bit muted behind a big cloud.
The above was the very last shot I took, as he was starting to slow down a bit after having run round like a mad thing while I was there. Apparently after I left, he crashed and slept for a few hours 🙂 Too much excitement for such a little kitten!
This is my favourite of the shots I took from a technical perspective, the black background was a fluke of light and angle. We were in a sunroom that had windows at one end and the far end was wooden walls and with the angle of the sun was dark and far enough away I got this lovely dark background. And the window catchlight in the eye.
This is the best image I took on the day and the reflection is a complete fluke. I never saw it while framing the shot (if I had I would have tried to get all the reflection in). His attention is caught by a splodge on the window, and I like how the angle his reflection is at, makes it look like its looking at you. Its not 100% sharp, but is so nice I thought it was worth keeping, and it turns out his mum thought so, as this was her pick of all the shots I took too 🙂
It was a challenge trying to keep up with a very small hyperactive overexcited kitten. It was good to have a go and see how it went, and I am pleased I got as many nice shots as I did.
Turns out the main bedroom gets afternoon sun, and has lovely net curtains to filter them, and the bed is covered with a big white quilt, which I think will make a nice background for a small silver tabby kitten. So if its good light I will go back next weekend and see what we can get with some stronger lighting and hopefully some faster shutter speeds 🙂
All of the photos I took of Tui are up on Zenfolio here