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Stray cat in Lumpini public park, Bangkok, takes instructions from the Red Ant Yoda.

"...giant one-eye monster...care about it, do not...harm you, it will not...go away soon, it will..."

Mentor

Stray cat in Lumpini public park, Bangkok, takes instructions from the Red Ant Yoda.

"...giant one-eye monster...care about it, do not...harm you, it will not...go away soon, it will..."

comments (17)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:58
Unbelievable, Ray! The scale is fabulous. And I love the Yoda-Talk! smile

Did you get a new camera?????
Ray: Thanks, Ginnie...glad you like my goofing.
And...Yup!
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 8 Oct 2007, 01:59
Ray, listen carefully my friend. You're a genius, if you took it as it was. If you added the ant in Photoshop, you're still a genius for coming up with and implementing such an extraordinary idea. Two thumbs up.
The only thing I'd do differently here. I'd put all the sharpness on the ant and soften the cat a bit. The other minor thing- it would be nice, if the pipe was not sloped, but horizontal.
Z
Ray: Hi VZ. Your comment is very kind, and I thank you for your suggestions.
I didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this picture, as Red Ant Yoda was pretty much at the end of its instructional monologue....I just had time to focus on the cat's left eye and then re-compose before the moment was gone. It turned out the depth of field was less than I expected.
I am far too under-skilled to even try to post-process an Ant into the picture, so you are seeing it as it was.
I did play with straightening the table-top, but it seemed to unsettle the image, as it removed Red Ant Yoda from his high-ground and somehow made it less Yodic.
I love the ant! Talk about perspective on size. Did you just come across this perfect set up, or sit there waiting for something unique to happen?
Ray: Hi Jewlya. Thanks for your comment.
I got in close to the stray cat...she was getting a bit relaxed...as I started to bring up the camera, I noticed the Ant, so I got off a quick shot before she wandered off. I got a few more shots of the cat doing stuff like yawning...obviously she had listened to Red Ant Yoda. [grin]
un des plus beau portrait d'animaux que j'ai vu!
Ray: Vous êtes très gentils, objectif-p. Merci.
Wow! (:o)
Ray: So kind [and succint] of you, Rosalyn.
Great shot! I'm with the others...how??
Ray: Red Ant Yoda came along and started talking the cat through her anxiety, just as I was preparing for a close shot; I managed a quick grab with the Ant. Thanks for your comment Etomi.
S/he is looking at you ,Ray, not the ant. Would you be more fearful to the cat than the red ant? Probably so, if it is a stray.....not to imply that you are scary in general. Genius has been mentioned but never scary.
Ray: But of course she is looking at me, Mary. That is why she is anxious, and why Red Ant Yoda is giving direct instruction.
It seemed to work...after I got this quick shot, she gave me several posed shots of a big luxurious yawn and stretch. Stray cats listen to their mentors. [grin]
  • MONIKA
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Oct 2007, 13:59
Amazing scale, so clear picture! The ant, cat's eyes, it's nose - everything just perfect! You are a genius!
Ray: I am so glad you like it, Monika. I focused on the cat's left eye and let the camera worry about everything else.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 15:46
Funny and well executed. Just what we need on a Monday.
Ray: Thanks, Martin. At my age, humour is important to me every day. [grin]
  • Freddy
  • Italy
  • 8 Oct 2007, 16:24
Amazing shot, bravo!!
Ray: Thanks Freddy. You are very kind. I have had a little peek at your pictures, and I am in awe of your capability.
Just had to laugh at this one. The ant makes it. It's perfect. DOF is just fine. I love it. This one you could sell.
Ray: Thanks for your comment, Gail. Yes...I got lucky with the Ant coming along just as I was getting the stray cat comfortable with my presence.
Sell? Do folks buy pictures?
fantastic!...i was a bit disappointed at first because i thought it was just another cat shot...but then i scrolled down and...
Ray: Thank you, Photosam. I wouldn't want to inflict "just another cat shot" on you...glad you found Red Ant Yoda.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 18:29
red ant challenges this fluffy monster to a fight! lol

what a great image Ray, this is fantastic on a few levels. mal
Ray: I appreciate your encouraging remarks, mal. I am pretty keen on cats and Red Ants, so was pretty pleased when they posed this way for a few seconds.
Wow, how can you create so beautiful and complex pictures, bravissimo !
And a likey !!!!
Ray: I have these well-trained pets, including a cat and a Red Ant....[grin]
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 15 Oct 2007, 22:29
yOU GET AN extremely RARE "I LIKEY" from the Subtsre for this trully awesome and amazing capture. Wow grin
Ray: Astounding! A Sub&Sin "likey" gong for a critter snap...that has got to be a first.
Thank you...you are very encouraging.
What a lucky shot! Amazing.
Ray: Oh! Red Pen...you cut me deeply...I spend countless hours training the Red Ant, and an age getting the cat to rest his chin just so...and, you call it out as Luck!!!

[grin] Thank you for your kind comment.
  • Ron S
  • Looking at the Garden
  • 28 Mar 2008, 08:23
As a cat lover please follow this link and note the information there. Forgive me if you are already aware of this danger.
http://ronshavreen.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Just_Here£!;question£!;_/

Ron S
Ray: Hi Ron.
Thanks for your advice.
Actually...I like cats but do not have one; all "my" cats are strays that live in the lanes and parks by their wits and wisdom. I didn't know lilies were toxic to cats, but my stray friends evidently do.

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