In this segment, I will be writing about one photo each post. What’s the purpose? Nothing specific, I just want it to be documented. This may help someone to understand settings, framings, etc, if not then I just want to remember the memories for years.
The photo I am going to write about today is here.
This photo contains a cat grabbing his master’s hand. This cat is a pet. I am seeing the cat for about a year and a half now. It is in the care of one of my friends whose hand is being seen in the photo. This shot is candid and that’s why it shows the authentic loyalty and affection of a pet towards his master. Seeing them together for a long time allowed me to understand why it’s not very simple when your pet is to some extent jumping to grab your hand. You will need reciprocality between the human and the animal to be lived in a home. You feed and give shelter to them, they give condolences in their way. You can’t imagine how precisely these animals act whenever they are trying to tell you something. They don’t have the alphabets we have but they have the universal language, which is your approach.
I have used Canon EOS 5D Mark iii with a Canon 70-200 mm 2.8 non IS lens in this shot. It is taken in ambient light so no external lighting has been used. I tried to take the shot in the soft afternoon light. The sun was in the west and deemed enough to soften the light in the frame. Focusing on the cat gave a depth of field as some spaces had been there in the background. In terms of editing, why did I choose the color over black and white? I thought whenever I am trying to portray the bonding by focusing on how the cat got bend and touched the hand, I have to differentiate between the cat and the hand. So I took the opportunity to choose the color which eventually helped me to distinguish two different factors.
Photography eventually means reflecting your thoughts and ideas. So I do believe there are no rules to be pursued over your heart. But making the photo talk in a way you want is something we have to learn. So it’s better to keep exploring and grabbing the chances.