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Don’t turn the light on just yet — 65 Comments

  1. Where in the world did you find such a grainy pic, M? Is it yours? [You are like me in special way; don’t ever use a flash from the camera in your cat’s eyes.] prrrrr…mrowr?

      • No. I had to pawn my Spotmatic/Pentax, that my Dad gave me. It was the original single lens reflex that was engineered by Honeywell. [SLR w/self-timer] 😉

          • Do you like that lion large-format that is on my G-plus? It’s in infra-red. Did you ever shoot any of that fun film? M? 🙂

          • I really would like to go about my lenses, esp. my Carl Zeiss on my Contax, and my med format, but that okay.. What were you printing with, then? Paper or film?

            • Almost every thing I did photographically in the old days (1970s) was using a Nikon F 35mm camera with a variety of lenses (all manual focus of course), Tri-X film (a black-and-white high sensitive film) and conventional printing through an enlarger onto high-quality photographic paper in the darkroom. That was it and I loved it 😉

              • Was that your favorite, then? I used pan-x very rarely, Ilford over Kodak, when I was shooting infra. (LOVED IT!==always had to keep my bag in the trunk of my car so that I could reload as carefully as I could. 😉 I sure miss it.)

          • So explain to our “cats” out there, M, how do you use 8×10 and contact print? [I’m assuming that you were using photo-sensitive paper?]

            Were you using silver nitrate? gelatin/colloidal/sens.metal?

            • It was just standard and old-fashioned photography. I photographed using large format black-and-white negatives (10×8) and processed those in the usual way and then contact printed the negatives onto high-quality photographic paper. This of course was all done in the darkroom. The days of the darkroom are almost over but let’s not forget that there are still a lot of people who like the old-fashioned techniques because one achieves a certain quality from that that you can’t achieve with digital photography. David Bailey recently photographed the Queen using a Hasselblad, 6 x 6 format as you may well know. you may know this camera. It is a high-quality 120 film camera with interchangeable lenses and interchangeable backs.

        • I’m not familiar whatsoever with shooting digital, M. Do you like it better than film? (are you shooting in the context of medium?) You do not know how much I miss being able to put my camera on a tripod(!) 😉 thanks–that means the world to me

          • I have always loved photography and I like digital photography because you can see the result instantly and constantly rework it until you get what you like but, and this is a big but, it can make a person sloppy and also, these days, there’s so much photoshopping of images that they have lost their purity. I’m a great fan of the pure image, the timed image in which the image speaks and not all the work using photo editing software. Photography is being ruined with photo editing software in exactly the same way that movies are being ruined by computer-generated graphics or what is often called CGI. It is overused and it completely destroys movies in my opinion. Used carefully it can be very useful but it is massively overused and I hate these new movies because they are so empty.

            I’m actually believe in the fact that photography and the movies have a lifespan. Photography has developed and evolved since the mid-late 1800s and in my opinion it peaked around the time of Cartier Bresson the great photojournalistic photographer and the great W. Eugene Smith. It’s been somewhat downhill since then! One day photography will die out as an astistic medium. It will become purely functional.

  2. Here is our education for the day.
    Do not allow a cat to jump into your lampshade, when you have the thermostat turned low.

      • Michael, You know how it feels. to have that thermostat turned so, so low… that you’re not sure if you have a bone or fiber, a thread left in your body, to get up and put the skillet on the stove, the iron skillet, well-seasoned, so that you can saute, then poach, a sweet little chicken breast for your beloved Cat, when you would rather run outside with the little sweetheart, to catch a mouse in your mitts to give to him? Well, i guess THAT makes me not worthy

        • Back in the old days, when I used to visit my grandmother in Birmingham the house was so cold in the winter that I can still remember it very clearly. We sat around a coal fire and getting up in the morning to go to the bathroom was torture. Even as a young person I found it difficult but today at my age it would have been impossible but then she dealt with it on a day-to-day basis. They were hardy souls in those days.

  3. Love it, love the cat’s expression and centuries of knowledge behind those eyes and of course the big black blotty nose, I love blotty noses.

  4. What a beautiful cat! How clever cats are to be able to balance like that. She looks to me to be thinking how to get out of that situation without making a fool of herself lol

  5. I get too worked up. That picture you took of Charlie on the bed (with natural light), was one of the best I’ve ever seen of your Mother’s cat/your cat. I love that photo of Charlie, as much as I do of your /tuxedo. <3

      • Marc. I have fixed the comment picture upload problem. It was a plugin called Smush It! which strips out metadata from the image to make the file size smaller. Google likes that sort of SEO even though it only saves about 3kbs (3,000 bytes – big deal). Anyway for Smush It! the image is sent to a Yahoo server were it is worked on and then sent back to the site. At best this slows things down but at worst it fails to upload. I have disabled the plugin so comment image upload works fine now. Sorry for the hassle

  6. It is still sluggish. I think the problem is signalling back to the browser that the picture has been uploaded. I don’t know. It just about worked this time but badly. I’ll work on this more to fix it hopefully.

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