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Brown Cat

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Published: February 24, 2005
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Brownie was watching me shoot some still lifes today, but he ended up becoming the subject instead of just an observer.

05 August 05: It's been about a month since I last saw Brownie. He's stayed close by the house ever since his birth under that very bench three years and four months ago, but now he's gone. His brother Woody, who used to be the one I worried about, has hung close to the house, and he seems sort of lost without his twin.

I don't know what happened to Brownie. I didn't want outdoor cats, but after the litter of the neighbor's cat was born at my house in '02, I simply didn't have room indoors for all of them, so two had to stay outside. Now Brownie is gone. I don't think he was run over, though that's definitely possible; I think one of the stray dogs in the area got him, or even a coyote.
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BetaOp9's avatar
Really sad to see he's gone. I really can empathize. I love cats, they are very deep creatures. Adorable, pensive, playful, and independant.

I enjoy this shot. It seems to capture more than just his image. It also holds great memories for you. Remembering the way he looked at you after you took this shot, or what you said to him afterwards. I feel empty just thinking about it. I'm sorry.

- Shawn
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Hey, Shawn, I'm just now finding your comment, as it was made while I was without power following Katrina.

Thanks for the sentiment; I do miss Brownie, but Woody is still here. He's still lonely, though, so I've sort of been thinking about finding him a friend.

I still don't like the idea of my cats living outside, but I can't bring him inside for fear of having a cat war. I have four inside.
Lion65's avatar
cool tabbycat!..
well captured :)

LION
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He's outside now, waiting for his daily food and daily hug. I'll tell him you said hello. :wave:
Lion65's avatar
*lol* hello mate!..

LION
:jester:
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sathorHobbyist Photographer
nice job, the black and white really works well here.
VanGargoyle's avatar
I didn't exactly plan it, but yeah, the B&W worked really well. I expect that color would have served well with the rustic wood and the gray and brown tones of the cat's fur, but I'm glad I had the Delta 100 Pro loaded up instead of something else.
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sathorHobbyist Photographer
I like using the software to control the color channels during BW conversion myself, though I have yet to really look at the negs from the Konca BW i shot a few months back.
VanGargoyle's avatar
I'm just a purist at heart. When I want black and white I load up with black and white film, though I do love the Kodak CN, which has a really great tonal range.

I'm assuming the Konica film you're talking about is a true B&W film? I know nothing about Konica film products.
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sathorHobbyist Photographer
no, its a c41 BW film. I need to scan some to really know how it held up though. The lab i went to wasn't really that good with it i think.
Wessonnative's avatar
Gorgeous image of a gorgeous creature. Well done. His expression is priceless. What I can't believe is that he stayed still long enough for you to photograph him. Cats tend to be worse than dogs about posing. My dogs will sit and stare at me seemingly forever without moving till I get a camera in my hand, and then off they go. I swear, you can't figure out what goes on in a dog's mind, much less a cat's. Excellent work.
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This is sooo cute, cats are awsome :+fav: and it is a really cool shot, I love it how you made it black and white :D
LostImages's avatar
Wonderful cat!!
He looks so healty. :)
VanGargoyle's avatar
Thank you.

Brownie and his brother Woody are both really good looking animals. My vet calls them "really slick little cats" and comments on how healthy they are.

He's sitting on a rough bench on my front porch; he and his siblings were born under that bench on March 6, 2002.
LostImages's avatar
He's definitely a gorgeous cat...
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