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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
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1/403 second
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30 mm
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Mar 25, 2012, 3:22:54 PM
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That perfect second of stillness by RavenMontoya That perfect second of stillness by RavenMontoya
I'm sure others with the habit of following cats around with a camera know exactly how it feels when the cat just won't be still long enough for you to even touch the trigger.

Felix is just that kind of cat. He runs around full throttle all the time until... Suddenly! A short second of perfect stillness!
If I'm lucky, that's when I push the trigger and; CLICK! That perfect picture is captured and I'm over the moon with joy. :D

I had to get to know Felix's body language before I could catch him properly on camera. I have very few good pictures of him outside as a kitten just because he never sat perfectly still except for few, precious seconds that I almost always missed. :XD:

Here, in this shot, he's just made a small pause in a frantic back rubbing session while basking in the sun. He was rolling around like crazy and then; Stillness. CLICK! Picture. Love. :heart:
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
How funny! My cat O'Malley is just like that when he lays down.
RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
O'Malley is such a great name for a cat! ;)
Felix was rolling around before I took this picture so he ended up in this pose when he was done with his back scratching. :XD:
FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Haha! How sweet!
O'Malley and my other cat Butch were rescued when they were kittens. Butch is 15 while O'Malley is 3.
Butch, who has an uncanny resemblance to Tom from "Tom and Jerry", was rescued in 1999 when he and his kitty siblings were put in a box and dumped off in the middle of a Seattle intersection by some callous lout. A co-worker of my dad's saw the box moving, pulled over, and looked inside. He took the box of kitties with him to work, with each kitty, one by one, going off to a good home. Butch was the last one left, so my dad took him home.
O'Malley was rescued almost 3 years ago when my dad and my twin sister were walking our golden retrievers Riley and Sophie. It was the middle of winter, and they heard a small meow by a tree in a neighbor's yard that has an old car seat dug into the ground. The poor little kitty was flea-infested, shivering, and emaciated, and he was trying to stay warm under the car seat. My dad and sister coaxed him over, gave him pets, and he was rubbing against Sophie and Riley. As they walked away, the kitty followed them, and my sister called my mom, saying there was a baby kitty following them, with my mom replying, "Run." But my dad picked him up and said, "You're coming home with us." We gave him food, gave him a warm bath (he purred through the whole bath), and let him snuggle with Sophie. Eventually, after two weeks, we decided to officially keep him. We couldn't agree on a name until my younger sister read us Disney names for the heck of it. She said, "O'Malley", and all 5 of us said in unison, "O'Malley!" We knew it fit. What's funny is that my dad, who does not like cats (he was reluctant to bring Butch home), just adores O'Malley, and O'Malley adores him. It's so cute.
We lost Sophie recently (she was only 5 years old!), and it was unexpected and hard on all of us. O'Malley kept laying on her bed and looking around, wondering where his mommy is, but he knows now that she's not coming home. We have some adorable pictures of them playing with each other and snuggling up to each other in the evenings; they absolutely adored each other. How often do you see cats and dogs get along?
You have adorable kitties. They are so cute.
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I call that a 'pavement bath'. It's an essential and much enjoyed piece of grooming behaviour-come-feline isometric exercises. I also recognise that, "Don't even think about it or I'll leap up and rush off!" look. Some cats like to have the grit groomed off the upper surface by their human... and some will rip your wrist to bits if you so much as try. You can't always be sure with cats.
RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Pavement bath. Good one. :giggle:
I trust all my cats though. They wouldn't rip my wrists unless it was an accident because they got scared of something. I've raised them to tolerate being handled by humans and they seem to understand that I want what's best for them, especially when they're injured and need care. :)
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Those feline defensive reflexes can be hard to suppress during a good pavement bath.
RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not for my cats, but I wouldn't try to pet other cats when they do something like that. :giggle:
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Snake handling is easier!
RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I get my fair share of snake handling when Gizmo brings the bloody things home to play with.
Same rule goes for snakes and cats: Grab them by the neck and they can't do much more than hiss and spit.
MicroMezzo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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