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Luke with Christmas Tree 2021A Christmas Caturday is a special Christmas Day and a special Caturday. So in that spirit I present a series of cat photos (along with one of Annie the Doodle) to help celebrate the Christmas season. The first photo in the sequence is Luke in his usual morning kitchen location, with our Christmas tree in back and out of focus. And his classic look…

Danï Christmas Day 2021Danï with all her toes pulled in and looking fabulous.

Zoë Christmas Day 2021Litter sister Zoë keeping eyes out for lizards.

Luke Christmas Day 2021One more of Luke looking coy.

Annie Christmas Day 2021
Last, but by no means least, Annie looks around to keep up with a house full of cats.

Except for the first photo, which was taken with the Panasonic Leica 1.4/25mm, all others were taken with my Christmas present to me, a heavily-discounted-because-it’s-refurbished Olympus M.Zuiko 1.8/75mm prime. I got it because it’s my little gift to me for a long year, and because refurbished it was less than half the prince of the 1.2/45mm PRO, making it a lot more affordable.

As far as I can tell so far it’s an outstanding lens even wide open at f/1.8. At a 150mm equivalent it allows me more distance between the animals and myself, helping to better catch them photographically. I used to be a heavy user of 135mm film lenses from Minolta and then Olympus, so working with this lens isn’t a challenge at all in spite of a number of 75mm lens reviews.

The body on all these was the Pen F.

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It’s been a while since I posted about Annie.

Even when Annie is lying down, she can assume interesting poses, and look quite cute (at least to my eyes). I’m also trying to capture the subtlety of Annie’s coloration and coat. In spite of being a Labradoodle (cross between a Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle), she’s a combination that is unique unto herself, with her coat of many colors.

She’s now well past six years of age, and her coat is beginning to pick up silver highlights that stand out from her blacker undercoat. She still has the touches of ginger in her muzzle from when she was a puppy.

The photo was taken with my iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the border added using Snapseed.