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Uploaded for a challenge, this is a photo of Mitaines (French for “Mittens”), a cat that I recently photographed at the shelter.

A lady had just stepped through the door holding a small yapping dog, This intrusion obviously did not sit well with Mitaines who immediately started hissing and spitting!

But hey! I was ready to click away!

Nikon D7000, Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D
Focal length 50mm, ISO-100, 1/60 sec. @ f/5

SB-600 speedlight with silver lined umbrella used for lighting. Processed in Lightroom 3.3 and Photoshop CS4 for a soft vintage look.

Featured in Shameless Self-Promotion on June 9, 2011

Featured in Doggie & Kitty Paradise on June 11, 2011

Featured in All Out Emotion on June 12, 2011

Featured in Pets Are Us on June 14, 2011

All profits from the sales of this work will be donated to A.M.R. Animal Services and Boutique (sorry, French only)
However, their Facebook page is bilingual, and even mostly English, please click here to visit


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  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    Excellent capture !!

  • Thank you John! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ticker
    Tickerabout 3 years ago

    Kitty with an attitude! :) Great catch Johanne.

  • Thank you Monika! It was a fun moment! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Mark Chapman
    Mark Chapmanabout 3 years ago

    This is “Hissterical” (sorry, couldn’t resist that).

  • Thanks Mark, I certainly appr-Hisss-iate that! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

    LOL…how adorable!!! Little sweetie…great capture :o)

  • Thank you, Dawn! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesabout 3 years ago


  • :-) Thank you!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    LOL. Cats are so in control; they rule! Wonderful capture. A fave.

  • Thank you so much, Judy! They are indeed very much in control… most of the time anyway! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Margherita Bientinesi
    Margherita Bie...about 3 years ago


  • Lancsphoto
    Lancsphotoabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful photograph, really terrific. Congratulations on your well deserved feature. A real favourite Johanne!

  • Thank you very much, Larry, I’m glad that you like it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

    Featured in Doggie and Kitty Paradise

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 3 years ago

    Wow, what a classic expression! Great timing and shot!

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