“Finn in the Window”

Canon 5D Mark II f1.4 50mm lens f1.4@ 1/60th ISO 5000 handheld: Finn (Finnegan) in the window
In fairness to our cat, after posting this portrait of our dog Luther, it was time to share a portrait of Finnegan. I have not had a cat since I was a young child. Finn walked into our life a little over a year ago….just showed up on our doorstep as a very young and very skinny stray. Both we and Finn hit the stray animal jackpot lotto. Finn is an amazing pet/companion who makes friends with and loves every person and dog he meets….on the other hand he’s not so nice to mice and bugs.

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10 Responses to ““Finn in the Window””

  • wnor says:

    This is an amazing shot, Craig. It looks like Finn is part of a fairy tale in a kids’ book. Whatever the treatment is, it works beautifully. The expression in Finn’s face is incredible and I really like the right paw is poised for action. Just a super shot.


  • Craig says:

    Thank you Wes! This is just luck… Finn is almost always doing what I call window shopping….looking outside for birds he would like to chase… its rare to see him on the window seal looking back into the room but something caught his attention. I was basically shooting his back when he suddenly turned around and moved right into the dramatic sidelight of the lamp beside our bed. I took three or four shots and then he jumped down…to go chase whatever it was, probably a fly… Craig

  • tonebytone says:

    The light is just right! Finn did you a great favor by turning when he did. I like how his color and the drapes go well with each other – it’s like Finn is made specifically for this setting – or perhaps the setting was made specifically for him, lol. His intense stare and his cocked ears and raised front paw speak “cat about to pounce”!

    I also love how the bits of blue in the drapes echo the blues of the outside background.


  • Craig says:

    Thank you Flo….like I said….just luck….everything came together all of a sudden on this one….the part that isn’t luck…..always having my camera close by with my 50mm on and settings that rae condusive to “shooting off the hip”…..Craig

  • Sam Gray says:

    Love the mood and focused look you captured…complementary colors and “whisker like” cord play well in the scene also…putting your “cat like” visual reflexes to good use.


  • Craig says:

    Thank you Sam! Yes…the blind’s chord really helps the shot a lot by creating a powerful rhythm….again just luck that it was where it was when old Finny turned around for his portrait….Craig

  • Gordon says:

    This has the feel of an illustration, more than a photograph. Must be a quality of the light and the curtain’s textures blending so well with the cat’s fur and outside dappling.

  • Craig says:

    Hey Gordon…thank you for stopping by… I agree… its surreal… it has the feel of a manufactured set for the portrait… I think you are right…its the quality of light and the complimentary colors that lend a lot to a different feel “than shoot from the hip photographic moment”…. most of the editing was dealing with color balance issues….. Craig

  • fneunemann says:

    Wonderful cat portrait! I love the way the light is directed to the cat’s face giving the eyes real life and the scene three-dimensionality. Great shot, Craig.

  • Craig says:

    Hey Frank

    Thank you for the kind words about this one!

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