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22-JUN-2009

Feline observer, Astoria, Oregon, 2009

When I first saw this white cat sitting in the window of a white house in front of a white shade, I was amused. It seemed as if it was trying to blend in and become an invisible observer. I saw that as incongruous, and made this image. Not only is it incongruous to see a cat squeezed between a window shade and a window it is also incongruous just to note the similarity of the colors here. I also like the soft glow of light and shadow on the peeling white wall of the house, adding just a touch of warmth to the scene.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
1/640s f/5.6 at 67.0mm iso100 hide exif
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Date/Time22-Jun-2009 09:13:23
MakePanasonic
ModelDMC-G1
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length67 mm
Exposure Time1/640 sec
Aperturef/5.6
ISO Equivalent100
Exposure Bias-0.66
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Metering Modemulti spot (3)
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Exposure Programprogram (2)
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Phil Douglis21-Jan-2010 15:51
I hope to see your own shot some day, Zandra.
Guest 01-Jan-2010 23:02
Even though seeing a cat in a window is a common sight, you are right in your observation of how the cat looks is if it tries to blend in. Now i absolutely must find one of my old pictures from Iceland and post in my training gallery for you. It is very similar only it has a bit of a small twist...the cat in your window is a dog in my window... Let me go and browse through my old photos...
Phil Douglis04-Jul-2009 22:04
We watch the watcher, indeed. Thanks,Rose, for your pbase message telling me that in some cultures, this scene would be a bad omen, since they may associate white cats with death. In that case, this house would be haunted. It is amazing how such context can change the meaning of a picture for us.
sunlightpix04-Jul-2009 05:58
Beautiful composition and fun! We watch the watcher!
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