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Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Molly


Molly is a cat that we inherited two years ago. It was either that or she would have had to go to the animal shelter. Well, I'm not a cat person, but my wife is and she won out, and we now have Molly.

She sheds, I won't let her on my lap, but we do play, some. She likes to box - she's been de-clawed or I'd be scratch city - and she likes to jump out at me when it's time for bed. For some reason she has associated my getting ready to take a shower with going to bed and she needs to have a little fun beforehand.

OK, so I go along with it until my back says "stop" from bending over. I will then hold the back of my hand in front of her face, which she has learned that this means it's time to stop; maybe. Once in awhile, when she doesn't want to stop she will take a little swipe at me, or give me a little bite, but my firm and quiet "NO" lets her know it's time to stop. She then lets me pet her and I am allowed to go and take my shower.

Cats think they are the boss and we humans are there to entertain them. Molly is no different. Like I said, I'm not a cat person, but I guess she can stay. Anyway, this is her telling me "enough already". Having gotten this photo I comply and turn her into the Weekly B&W Square Photo.

So, this is Molly Cat, as I call her.

I photographed Molly with a DSLR and a 50mm lens. The ISO is 1600 and the exposure was 1/8 sec @f/1.8. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and converted the image to a B&W photo. I then made a levels adjustment, added some contrast and a little vignetting. I resized for web viewing and added some additional burning in of a couple of places and finished off with a touch of sharpening.

Molly is the cat of the house, but she needs to know who's boss and that's me; she let me know it was OK to say that.

Yeah, this is my, uh, Molly's world, and you are definitely welcome to it.