Jasper's evening repose: My 1st Red Bubble Feature Page image! by Lenny La Rue, IPA

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Neither of us did the “clothing thing” when using the filtered light of blinds. The obvious comparisons simply have to be made so be kind and remember this IS just a kitten. :_D

You’d never believe that this tiny kitten was playing ferociously less than 3 minutes before the lighting became fun. I asked her to come to me and she did. She looked up at me while we were both sitting on the couch (where she is seen here). I reached a good distance away and brought the NIkon D90 out of its case. She sat next to me and watched. I took off the lens cap stood up squatted in front of her with the camera aimed her way to get the light settings. Jasper sat there quietly. Once the stripes started making patterns on her face, she got a little antsy because the direct sunlight wasn’t comfortable. I got her to face away from the direct glare with a hand moved to the side of the camera; her eyes followed it as though it was the most interesting thing on the planet.

I think I shot 50 images before I got bored. Jasper didn’t. But immediately after I set down the camera and stood up, her eyes perked up, pointy ears gave me full attention, and she ran to find a toy mouse. She didn’t even need to hear me say “bring it to me cuz you’re playing ‘fetch’, not me!”

This cat is gonna be waaaaaaaaaaayyy too much fun. She was born with a lifetime license to charm! :-D

About the shot… This is direct from the camera. I used some of the onboard editing options and compared the results with the best I could do with LightRoom. Nothing seemed particularly better so having an “as is” shot seemed like the most interesting way to go. And I consider this one “as is” even tho the exposure was automatically enhanced using onboard D-lighting and enlarged for Red Bubble prints using Elements 3.

NIkkor 18 – 105 mm lens
f-stop: 4.5
full manual control with 1/3 bracketing (under/even/over)
exposure 1/30
ISO: 200 (the baseline for Nikon’s D90)
metering mode: spot
focal length: 22mm
exposure bias: -1.3

The sun, courtesy God, was setting thru the livingroom blinds and over the town of Penn Valley, California.

Yes, I knew Jasper’s eye in the direct light would be slightly squinted. I thought about saying I planned that so she’s look more sly. Then I woke up. ;-)

Generously featured YOU BIG SOFTY Group, the Paws & Claws Group, and in Nikon D90 Users Group with the deepest appreciation!


The YOU BIG SOFTY Group launched my image from their features page right onto the Red Bubble WEBSITE Feature Page! Over two years of asked all of you “Did I get there? Did I miss it? Arrgh!!!”

Moderators in YBS, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve sold some art (besides to myself!). I’ve cracked the 100,000 views milestone. I had to ask the incredible Dave Pearson to create a version update for his sweet RBArtman program (because I was the first user who went over 1000 pieces to report the older version couldn’t handle the volume). I had to let Cathy lead me to the place where pets are adopted to let me lead her to Jasper by my feel for animals. (She trusted me completely tho I was extremely troubled when Jimmy initially hated her. They have since become…roommates, if not best friends). And I had to have the extremely kind and generous YOU BIG SOFTY Group moderators to submit the image. I didn’t even know that could be done, much less try it!

Nevertheless, it happened and I think I ‘had an accident’ when I read about it but there’s a mop here for later. Right now, it’s CHEERING TIME! YIPPIE!


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  • navybrat
    navybratover 4 years ago

    awesome capture….love the lighting…the drama…WOW!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Lighting is fabulous and a really intense gaze !

  • And thanks from a master of light such as yourself is HIGHLY appreciated!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 4 years ago

    Love your use of light filtered through blinds on the clothing optional shots of both you and Jasper. :D Such a sweet face and you captured a precious expression. You and your way with animals! You can get just about any of them to pose for you. So, do we dub you Lenny the Photograph Whiperer? All silliness aside, I love this shot. :)

  • Better than Lenny The Roach Whisperer and the roaches are on a rampage in downtown Sacramento these days. Ugh!!!

    Jasper is mature far beyond her few months of life. She’s also bright enough to know if I give her The Look, it’s time for The Pose. :-D

    Clothing optional! LOL!!!! Now what would you know about stuff like that?? ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    This is certailnly a beautiful image Lenny and a fave for me. :>))xx

  • Thank you very much, Angel! Jasper put her all in it, fer sure!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • EBmonster
    EBmonsterover 4 years ago

    This is awesome, Lenny! Love the dramatic lighting.

  • WOW! Yet another pro likes the lighting I stumbled upon. I am stoked but thanks!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 4 years ago

    stunning cat and catch!!!!

  • The catch was fortunate to be sure but the cat is really one stunning animal. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 4 years ago

    I’m just glad it was the “mouse” she ran to get in her claws . . .for your sake !

    Cool Shot

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Ya know, as I waggle around, Jasper has never once decided to claw me. Could be that she knows it would be fatal to both of us. LOL! And thanks!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • janniev
    jannievover 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Lenny. I love how the light divides the image and how Jasper’s eyes appear to be more alive than the rest of her, her eyes are beautifully coloured. Lol, I love your tale of how this one came about. And, yes, I believe she was running about like a mad rabbit just moments before, my two do the same thing! The “suggestion” of the shadowed parts of this photo is well done. Beautifully framed and shot.

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

  • Woo hoo! Thank you so very much! I am honoured!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 4 years ago

    Excellent! Jasper is precious…greats tory and capture:)

  • Aw shucks! Thanks, Vanessa!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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