micky the ragdoll

Micky the Rag Doll Cat

Here’s my second cat photo. This one is of Micky, a Ragdoll Cat rescue taken care of by a very good friend here in Orlando. Micky has a brother named Charlie, another rescued Ragdoll, who is shyer than Micky. Charlie was abused by his former owner before he was rescued, so I understand Charlie and I give him a wide berth when I visit. Perhaps one day he’ll grant me a proper audience and I can get some photos of him.

I was only able to get any photos of Micky, and only when Micky wanted to be photographed. What’s interesting about Mickey are his blue eyes and dark face, which remind me of a Siamese. But it’s the long fluffy coat that mark him as a Ragdoll, as well as the fact he came from Florida Ragdoll Rescue.

Once again the photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 wide open. I worked a bit with the RAW in Lightroom 6. For me there’s enough depth of field and sharpness around the nearer eye, while the background (the living room) is nicely out of focus.

a day of cat photos (and a middle finger to jared polin, tony northrup, et el)

Sewing Room Cat on a Rainy Day
Luke giving the equivalent of a feline middle finger. Trust me, it’s there.

This is a photo of Luke, one of my two Gingers (the two littermates known as the Gingersnaps) taken with the rather ‘ancient’ Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds camera sporting the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 short telephoto prime.

I’m going with this for two reasons: (1) Jared Polin’s total putdown of the E-M1X and (2) Tony Northrup, just on general principals (i.e. his mindless following of Sony’s alpha series (7 and 9) cameras). They both come down on how micro four thirds (and to a lesser extent APS-C) just aren’t up to the task of “being professional”, whatever that means. I’m glad both have found the equipment that allows them to make their various livings, and to promote their chosen equipment is fine by me. But to then come along and trash what doesn’t measure up in their estimation is where they cross the line from being good ambassadors of their respective favorite cameras to being a couple of loud mouth jerks. Two very load mouths amplified to ill effect by social media.

This then is my opening protest and my comeback. I can rail about the injustice of it all, but I’d rather go out and take photos instead of hanging out on the Internet because I think someone is wrong. All of the following posts (unless explicitly stated) will be taken with that camera and that prime lens.