Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Selfie #33

I know I'm handsome. So joining The Cat on My Head's Sunday Selfies blog hop is a no brainer! This week, I'm sharing pictures of me sitting at my favorite spot on the kitchen table. I like to sit there and stare at Momma while she works. Why? Because it makes her nervous ... I don't actually WANT anything ... it's just fun to watch her squirm. After viewing my pictures, you're MORE than welcome to express your appreciation of this fine feline specimen with tasty whole chickens ... my Momma will give you the address (just tell her you're sending me socks!). ~Bear Cat

ps - You can see my previous Sunday Selfie posts here: #1#2#3#4#4.5#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16#17#18#19#20#21#22 {Bear Kitten/Kitty - the couch}#23 {Bear Kitten hijinks}#24 {Bear Kitten/Kitty - other}#25 {Bear Kitten sleeping/Momma}#26#27#28#29#30#31, #32.

A note about my Momma's picture taking ... up until she started our blog, she'd given up completely on taking pictures of me. I'm awfully cute, but the lighting in the house sucks and she got frustrated that all the pictures she took that SHOULD be wonderful, were so .... NOT. Needing pictures for our blog, she forced herself to keep trying, even when I'd quit what I was doing because I wasn't used to the camera. Within the last couple months though, I've started mugging for the camera a bit, don't you think? PSST! Momma! I'm ready for my closeup!!!








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  1. Your mom may not have taken good photos at one time, but these are truly amazing...you are by far one of the cutest kitties we know. We think you should name this series: The many faces of Bear the Handsome. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    1. Thank you. She's contemplated doing just such a post but never got around to it! I'm lucky I'm cute, otherwise I'd get in A LOT of trouble. My Momma says thank you about the pictures ... it truly means a lot to her because she agonized over taking pictures for a long time :) ~Bear Cat
      ps - I could get used to 'Bear The Handsome!'

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  2. Oh My Cats... Bear, Did you clone yourself? MOL

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    1. I SHOULD! That would DEFINITELY get me enough money for a tasty whole chicken farm! ~Bear Cat

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    2. Hey thanks fur checking our bloggie list cause you was supposed to be in derhs... already. MOL

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  3. Aww, these are awesome, but there is only one picture for January through to October! If you want to a pin up you'll need another two, or maybe three! purrs ERin ps. do we have to pay a premium for Nov/Dec pictures, if so I'll put my order in now..... purrs

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    1. I've always wanted to be a centerfold ... "no, no ... I buy the magazine for the ARTICLES! Oh, HIM? That's Bear Cat! Isn't he dreamy?" ~Bear Cat

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    2. Hehe, you need to get more exposure, Bear, (really have to be careful how I type that) maybe you could do a spread for What Mouse and Mousehole, better still What Tasty Chicken Rancher?

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    3. My Momma fell off the chair laughing at "more exposure." I don't get it. ~Bear Cat
      ps - There's a magazine called Tasty Whole Chicken Rancher? And I don't have a subscription?

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    4. Ooops, I hope I don't get sued for that, this is a family blog and all, and falling off a chair is quite gratuitous! Maybe it's just a UK publication, like the Bi-annual What Mailman Magazine that our Kraken has delivered, well did have delivered until we ran out of mailmen. Mouses!

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    5. Family blog and all? Hahahahahaha. I think we lost that distinction on our second post ;)

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    6. Oooh, I shall have a look around. This 'Distinction' should I have some? I do have plenty of spare wardrobe space so there might be some spare lying around. Can't guarantee that it won't smell of meat balls.... er sorry, that should be MOTH balls. purrs ERin

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    7. I think you meant "mice balls." Err ... maybe not. I totally didn't mean it in any way other than balls of mice. UGH! THIS is why this is not a family blog!

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  4. You are truly a handsome mancat, Bear! That's funny how you sit and stare at your mom. She must love that!

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    1. Thank you! She's not amused ... she used to take out the camera because she knew I didn't like it ... but now that I don't care, I don't mind sitting there for a long time just hangin' while she snaps away ;) ~Bear Cat

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  5. You always look most amazing and downright handsome Bear!!!

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  6. You are beyond handsome, such a cutie.

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  7. I think your mamma takes good pictures, Bear! Plus, the lady says she's lucky that you're such a willing model. It's very rare that she can get me to look at the camera or even open my eyes.

    These are all great. I love that very first one. You're such a cutie and so expressive.

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    1. I used to shy away from the camera too ... Momma would get out the camera and I'd run. Now I'm in the mood to mug it for the camera sometimes. It took a couple years of her annoying me with the camera first though. Many shoots where she lured me with treats, took 400 pictures (not kidding) and didn't get even one usable shot :) Even now, sometimes I'm JUST NOT IN THE MOOD. ~Bear Cat
      ps - The first one is our favorite too ... "MORE pictures?!?! Are you kitten me?"

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  8. molmol ON THE PICTURES.
    Mom says she has 87 tons of pictures of me and don't tell my human sister but there is by no means anywhere near that many photos of her here.
    Guess that tells you who the Diva of the family is. MOL
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    1. Yep ... look through the pictures on Momma's computer or on the camera ... all me. ALL. ME. I'm not sorry in the least. She just has good taste ;) ~Bear Cat

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  9. You and your Momma have really learned to take great photos! Well, with a handsome Tabby how could either of you go wrong?

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  10. I'm glad your momma hasn't given up on taking photos of you. You're just too handsome not to share with the world!!! I'm very thankful that my office has excellent lighting. That is what it's all about! And the photo subject, too, of course. Happy Sunday!

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    1. The world IS pretty lucky to get to see pictures of me. And it's about #$%@ time too! ~Bear Cat

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  11. Ah, the Sit and Stare. Always a classic, and very effective.

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    1. It is! Though I could do without all the pictures of it! ~Bear Cat

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  12. See? Pactice makes purrfect, Bear and Momma Kat. We love these awesome pictures! BRAVO!

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    1. Thank you. That truly means a lot to me because I agonized over taking pictures for a long time :)

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  13. OH please don't worry at all. These are truly beautiful. Excellent and show your baby off to the last detail...just as he and you deserve. HANDSOME!!!

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    1. I do love him more than I ever thought possible ... and I'm glad I can share him at least competently. Thank you for what you said, photography has always been my insecurity and it truly feels good to know people appreciate it.

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  14. Mummy says you're a Handsome Fellow and I have to agree with her Bear,xx Speedy

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  15. You are handsome and look so much me!

    Purrs xx
    Athena

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    1. Thank you! I take that as the highest compliment, Athena! ~Bear Cat

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  16. Those are wonderful photos! Close-ups are not easy to do, but having such a handsome face like your's sure does help!! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  17. You are cute and soooo handsome, BearCat :) Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday :) <3

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  18. Oh my Bear you do the same thing our sisfur does with her tail, wrap it around so sweetly!
    YOU are such a handsome mancat! We just love your selfies!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I know, that tail wrap thing gets my Momma EVERY TIME. Treats galore! This is the first time she's ever gotten a good picture of it though! ~Bear Cat

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  19. You went selfie crazy, but what else is a handsome mancat to do?

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  20. AMARULA: You are indeed one handsome mancat--I would rather kiss you than Frodo any day of the week!!

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    1. I'm going to hold you to that! ~Bear Cat
      ps - I'd rather kiss you than Frodo too!

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  21. Good grief you are handsome, Bear! Could you ask Mudpie to start doing a little more mugging? My house is dark as a crypt but I keep trying...needless to say though, I do not have the most cooperative model!

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    1. It's dark here too. Like RIDICULOUSLY dark. If you look at our older pictures (though some I'm replaced with newer edited ones), you'll see just how dreadful things were before. For lighting ... on action shots or in shots where I can't have the camera set on something for stability, I have to use a flash otherwise it's blurry. For the shots like these ... I modify the color temperature (for some reason in the darker shots, the temp tips toward yellow/brown ... I actually use an auto-correct because I suck at the mechanics) and then lighten, lighten, lighten. The main difference between our older pictures and the newer ones are editing. Some pictures you can't edit as light as you need them ... they just look horrid. Bear used to be a complete stinker about pictures. He'd run away or turn his back to me. But after MONTHS of trying to bribe him with treats (only to get 400 pictures ... and no usable shots) and taking endless pictures ... he doesn't react anymore. Of course, he's a cat ... sometimes he's not in the mood PERIOD. But occasionally, he'll mug. I NEVER thought I would see this day! NEVER! Here's another thing I can tell you ... sometimes the photographer just gets lucky. For every picture on here, there are HUNDREDS of other takes and angles. I just take pictures until Bear (or I) get(s) bored. Mudpie is so gorgeous ... I'm just in awe. I'd hope she'd get used to the camera eventually too :)

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  22. This might be one of your best photo shoots ever! I struggled with lighting and focus in my early blog days, but even now when I look at those photos, all I see is the love I have for my kids and the love they have for me in return. The rest is just technical. You're doing a great job!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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    1. Thank you! That means so much! And you're right ... the main point of taking the pictures is to capture our love. I kind of forgot that point and it's the one that really matters. And I think I've actually taken my best pictures when I've been working from that place of love too.

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  23. Bear, you're quite handsome....but you already know that. ;). You should see all the terrible photos the mom has of us. Literally thousands! And close ups are the worse. We hate having that flashy box stuck in our faces.

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    1. I do know that I'm handsome. As much as I hate the scourge that is the camera, it is kind of nice to be adored like that, you know? I mean, not in the middle of naps or in the middle of eating ... or when I'm playing or in the litter box ... hmm ... that doesn't leave a lot of time left, does it? ~Bear Cat

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  24. Don't stress about pictures. Look at how you can improve and, when you can, take steps to get better. Look at free apps, and little digital cameras, check out a small smartphone. It doesn't all need to be right now this minute - one paw step at a time, it's enough, you will get here.
    OK?

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    1. Yes. You are right. I might be slow ... but I'll get there eventually ;)

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  25. Some swell selfies there, Bear. Love the one where the tail curls around you.

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  26. Bear, you are a handsome boy no matter the quality of the light! Still, we won't say it too often because we don't want you to get a swelled head! Tell your Mama, that our Mama understands completely about dark lighting! It gets very dark here in Vancouver during the winter months because of all the rain (we have had unusually sunny days this winter but the rain started again yesterday and it looks as though it will be sticking!). Many of our indoor pics taken during the winter months are dark and then when the sun does shine, our Mama wants to take pics outdoors where the pups get to go, so the cats get overlooked!! Mean old Mom ;(

    the critters in the cottage xo

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    1. We adore all your pictures. ALL. Then again, the subjects are super easy to fall in love with. The descriptions of each you have in the sidebar can totally be seen in the pictures too! That's what I'd like to be able to do in the future ... talk less and have the pictures tell more of the story ... it's a very rare skill and one LP does very well!

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