Rat Cat by billyboy

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9813 views, 115 faves, 19 features, 5 sales – February 2015

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One of my favorites. Our kitten, OJ, was shot on the earth filled flower pot. The rat was killed by another cat who dragged it into our house, and I decided to take it’s picture before giving it a proper burial. Used the same Elinchrom studio flash as with the kitten shot, hanging the rat by it’s tail from a tripod. The flowers were crushed and shot separately, and all 3 elements were put together in Photoshop. The idea for the picture came to me when, as I was looking at the original photo of the kitten on the pot, the rat was dragged in… I waited till everyone else went to bed before doing the rat shoot session. Direction of lighting and shadow effects were important to make the collage look realistic.

Only editing aside from merging the selected elements in layers was the shadowing. This was done by selection and feathering of the shadow shapes and dropping the levels and contrast in separate layers.

All shots taken on Fuji Reala color negative film with a Canon EOS 100 SLR and 100mm fixed focal lens. Individual shots scanned to Photoshop with Canon FS-2710 negative scanner

Here’s the evolution in pictorial:-)

It was easy shooting OJ on the pot… just had to wait till the little guy got tired and he’d do anything I wanted!

I used my flash meter to crush down the flowers to simulate OJ sitting on them. Plus a bit of petal pulling…

Finally… the rat. Poor guy. Felt a bit weird stringing him up, but I’ve done weirder things for the sake of art. Well actually, not much weirder…

Cheers for looking:-))


  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 7 years ago

    What a catch!!! Poor Mr Rat ;( Very cute Kitten…and obviously well trained :)

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Belinda. OJ was having a good day!

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 7 years ago

    Very creative Billyboy! Job well done!

  • mayuphoto
    mayuphotoover 7 years ago

    OJ looks so proud! I love the color contrast too. It is a lovely shot : )

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Ruth and Mayu for the positive feedback!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 7 years ago

    You really do put some outstanding effort into these, well done billyboy!!

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Rat Cat’s one of my favs Mel, so thanks for the encouragement!

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 7 years ago

    Well…. I like this even better than BirdPuss!!

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    You know what Cathie? So do I. Bird Puss is nice, but Rat Cat is straight from the heart… bent as it is !

    Thank you so much for looking in and sharing the wickedness!

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoover 7 years ago

    icky but so cute!

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