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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Black cat

It isn't until you see them in very bright light that you find out that black cats aren't. They're really dark brown. This fellow was relaxing in a sunbeam on a cold autumn day and so I decided to try to take his portrait. In some ways, he's every bit as difficult to capture a photo of as the white cat is!


  1. Black cats are notoriously difficult to photograph: I lived with one for a time and he was a favorite subject of mine.

    I see you're using a Nikon Coolpix 950: the macro on that is so nice that I still keep it around although we've had two newer cameras (one was a gift) since and the Nikon is slow on start up and the display is impossible to see in bright light. Anyway, I usually put a note that it was the Coolpix I used for particular photos on my blog, so if you search for that word, you'll see some of my work with it.

    Thank you for coming by my Villigen blog and leaving a comment. Best wishes for the new year to you and yours.

  2. I have the same problem but it's for boats pictures, can you say more detail about this.

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  3. I try to point the camera at the darkest part I want to show nicely and then override the setting to open the shutter one f-stop. For white scenes, I do the opposite.

    These are rules I learnt with my film camera. The idea is that the sensor for the meter is calibrated for a photo that is 18% grey. Apparently someone did a study and found that this matched up with most scenes.

    Very dark and very bright scenes are very far from 18% grey, so it is necessary to adjust the setting away from what the camera thinks is right.


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