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© Jan Hoffman
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This was Roland, an older rescue cat that was part of our family. Hard to photograph a black, back-lit cat but reflecting light from a pillow case seemed to provide the right amount of fill light. Roland passed to Pet Paradise since this was originally posted. He will never be forgotten.

98 responses

  • Dale Frazier

    Dale Frazier said (1 Jan 2008):

    Excellent backlighting of this beast. I love his eyes.. Great work.

  • Natalie Mithqal

    Natalie Mithqal said (1 Jan 2008):

    what a perfect time of day to get this shot. the sun is making all the right things happen. my cat often gives me the "oh boy she's taking the camera out again..." look.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (1 Jan 2008):

    Thanks for the lighting comments; you can see the back-light shining through Roland's thin little ears and I used a white pillow case to reflect some light as a slight fill for his face.
    --Best regards, Jan

  • Jake Booher

    Jake Booher said (2 Jan 2008):

    love this kitty shot. his eyes look awesome.

  • debra raskin

    debra raskin gave props (3 Jan 2008):

    delicate little tongue

  • Photo Gothic

    Photo Gothic said (4 Jan 2008):

    Awesome capture! I find cats one of the hardest things to photograph!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (4 Jan 2008):

    Thanks Tim; they generally do not cooperate because they just don't care! :) :)

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (6 Jan 2008):

    Maureen -- Thanks so much; the lighting is reflected light from a white pillowcase.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Claudia Turner

    Claudia Turner gave props (10 Jan 2008):

    why are cats so cool?

  • Shantelle

    Shantelle said (12 Jan 2008):

    My cat makes that same face at me too.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Judy -- They look like siblings.... Jan

  • dazpalf

    dazpalf said (17 Jan 2008):

    Hi! Thanks for the comment about my pic of shady.. she was my girlfriend's favourite but went missing 2 years ago :-( this was one of the 1st i took with my digi slr, but i don't understand the green haze around her eyes in the photo(?).Love your pic of Roland, we have a black cat but i can never get a good shot of her!, well done!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (17 Jan 2008):

    Thanks, Darren for your comment on Roland. Black cats can be a challenge and in this photo of Roland I used a white pillow case to reflect light onto his face for a slight fill.
    Funny, when I look at Shady I see more of a brown around the eyes; they look quite natural to me. Maybe the way our respective monitors are calibrated.
    --Best Regards, Jan

  • Magda Beda

    Magda Beda said (18 Jan 2008):

    WOah, intense.

  • John Gioannetti

    John Gioannetti gave props (20 Jan 2008):

    Great back lighting, the way it filters through the ears, and the very pink tongue shows up the black

  • Nashalie Reyes

    Nashalie Reyes gave props (26 Jan 2008):

    aww such a cute kitty :) Thanks for liking my trixie :)

  • Carol Milligan

    Carol Milligan said (26 Jan 2008):

    wow, im such a sucker for pictures of cats, love they eyes and backlighting

  • Carol Milligan

    Carol Milligan said (26 Jan 2008):

    wow, im such a sucker for pictures of cats, love they eyes and backlighting

  • Sarah Frennier

    Sarah Frennier (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2008):

    This looks just like my fiances cat. Tongue out and all..

  • Anca Cernoschi

    Anca Cernoschi said (1 Feb 2008):

    soooo sweet
    i had a cat like him once..:(

  • Johanna Mifsud

    Johanna Mifsud said (5 Feb 2008):

    I love it when they do this! Gorgeous kitty.

  • Evgenia Gromova

    Evgenia Gromova said (6 Feb 2008):

    nice face...and lovely eyes!

  • Paola Svensson

    Paola Svensson gave props (17 Feb 2008):

    Love his expression! Great lighting!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (1 Mar 2008):

    Great shot. There's got to be a CATegory for this!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    Roland looks like my Ziggy! the lighting is wonderful & something I have found difficult w/ Zig's green eyes, it is difficult to capture their green beauty & you've done it!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (30 Mar 2008):

    Great light, color & texture it is a great composition. I used to have a cat that stuck her tongue out. Always made me smile as di your photo.thanks

  • Gandarufu

    Gandarufu said (2 Apr 2008):

    hahaha, the atmosphere is amazing.
    the warm sunlight that makes its ears glow, and the tounge of the cat, hahaha. perfect!!

  • Scott Baker

    Scott Baker   said (6 Apr 2008):

    Reminds me of my old cat, Spooky. Great shot!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (9 Apr 2008):

    Not unlike Leonard, our - uniquely cantanerous - black cat.
    Good image!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    I love it when my cat (1 of them, also black) does this!

  • * Tabitha Payne

    * Tabitha Payne gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Aww! My black cat does this too! So cute!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    The tongue sticking out just cracks me up every time I see this shot! Great job Jan. Love the light on him and through his ears.

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (10 Apr 2008):

    Bona! my vote

  • Quenby Sheree

    Quenby Sheree gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    Heh, the little tongue

  • Tammara Terry

    Tammara Terry gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    He makes me smile, great shot.

  • Lauren Backus

    Lauren Backus said (11 Apr 2008):

    I have a black cat as well (Salem) and he sticks his tongue out too! I love his eyes!

  • Thomas Henry

    Thomas Henry said (11 Apr 2008): Eddie!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2008):

    I just voted for this great picture of a beautiful cat named Roland

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2008):

    Got my vote Jan the cats' eyes are outstanding and love the light and the way cats always stick out their tongue. Lovely shot once again Jan and good luck with the competition

  • JoAnn Jurgens

    JoAnn Jurgens said (14 Apr 2008):

    Does he sometimes sit with his tongue out like that. Our black cat Nolan does this too and it cracks me up.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (15 Apr 2008):

    JoAnn -- Yes -- Roland will stick his tongue out while just sitting and sometimes while following me around the house.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour said (15 Apr 2008):

    Neat cat!

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2008):


  • Eleonora Federico

    Eleonora Federico (Deleted) said (20 Apr 2008):

    Great shot!

  • Ursula Tillmann

    Ursula Tillmann gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    Animalistic good!

  • Jay El

    Jay El gave props (1 May 2008):

    Amazing shot, definitely got my vote, Jan

  • Snap Shot

    Snap Shot gave props (15 May 2008):

    Love the shot...

  • Christie Patient

    Christie Patient gave props (18 May 2008):

    cattitude. =]

  • Dennis Perry

    Dennis Perry (Deleted) said (22 May 2008):

    Get's my vote also!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (27 May 2008):

    Fine portrait of this dusty cat. Love his tongue.

  • Keegan Spera

    Keegan Spera said (31 May 2008):

    I have a huge fondness for black animals--cats especially--as they are the hardest to adopt out from our shelter!! So props for that first! His eyes are so intense and marbled and I love how the backlight really fires them up! :) Great photo!

  • Keegan Spera

    Keegan Spera said (31 May 2008):

    Oh--and the tongue...I love cats that have tongue hanging out! :)

  • David Fullman

    David Fullman gave props (13 Jun 2008):

    Great work got my vote

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Great shot! I love the tongue!

  • Jennifer Rowe

    Jennifer Rowe gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    very nice!

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    love the backlighting..his eyes are mesmerizing....

  • Janet Stewart

    Janet Stewart gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    I love this one! totally worth a fav! love the little tongue. seems like she is giving a bit of an attitude! ^_^

  • Tonia Gillette

    Tonia Gillette said (31 Aug 2008):

    Just beautiful!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    A great HOT shot, congratulations.

  • Megan Noble

    Megan Noble gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful Cat. I know ho hard it is to shoot black cats, I have four of them myself. :-)

  • Lara Hansen

    Lara Hansen gave props (24 Oct 2008):

    Roland is handsome!

  • mika astel

    mika astel gave props (9 Dec 2008):


  • Jose Acosta

    Jose Acosta (Deleted) said (24 Jan 2009):

    Your cat looks like it went through a whole bag of cat nip....LOL..
    Love the eyes and the creative use of the pillow case.

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (13 Feb 2009):

    Beautiful Shot!! Love the grass reflected in his eyes!!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    Awwwwwww what a shot!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (5 Apr 2009):

    Terrific shot!

  • preciouse tayag

    preciouse tayag (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    haha! she's adorable!

  • Alex Dudley

    Alex Dudley gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    hahha my cat sticks her tongue out like that too. its freaking hilarious. nice shot!

  • Eleonora Federico

    Eleonora Federico (Deleted) said (12 May 2009):

    I love black cats!

  • Karen Lynch

    Karen Lynch gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    Great shot. I also find my all white indoor cat difficult because I only use natural light on her.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    Wow...thats a shot! Really like the lighting...

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    Teriffic shot! Reminds me of my first cat, Sinbad. I've got him entered in the "Shoot your pet" theme, too.

  • Sue Alle

    Sue Alle (Deleted) gave props (6 Jul 2009):

    What a beautiful portrait!

  • Ingz

    Ingz (Deleted) gave props (6 Jul 2009):


  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (24 Jul 2009):


  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (12 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful close-up shot of Roland. Love his little pink tongue...and your lighting is great!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (12 Aug 2009):

    Thanks Jan for all your rescue work! Roland was a handsome fellow. All of our "rescues" have been drop-in strays (about 15 over the last 20 years) except for two my social worker wife borrowed from wanna-be-client crack houses. The latter two are Biscuit-Heart and Leonard (black like Roland, hard to photograph) who are still with us. All the others have joined Roland. Here is Apple-Apple:

    Your work always is consummate!

  • Allen Freeman

    Allen Freeman gave props (24 Sep 2009):

    Growing up I had a black cat -Lucky- for 17 years. Great shot here.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (30 Sep 2009):

    WOW! FAN-TAS-TIC Jan!!!:)

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2009):

    He is a great looking kitty! Fabulous kitty portrait!

  • Leslie Rosenthal

    Leslie Rosenthal said (4 Jan 2010):

    What a great picture and a beautiful cat!

  • Sarah Terokowskie

    Sarah Terokowskie gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    LOL Love it!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (18 Jan 2010):

    Ah ... nice to see him again, Jan. He was a handsome fellow.

  • nils carlson

    nils carlson said (22 Apr 2010):

    Wow, what a perfect shot of your friend! I think this one of the best pictures on a cat I ever seen.

  • charlie mclenahan

    charlie mclenahan said (26 Apr 2010):

    feel your pain

  • Caco Velloso

    Caco Velloso gave props (30 Apr 2010):

    hahaha, nice shot

  • Grég Soss

    Grég Soss gave props (1 May 2010):

    Ayayaii bien joué

  • LancelotLink

    LancelotLink gave props (15 Sep 2010):

    Very handsome boy! Beautiful eyes! God bless Rolando! Cheers! Remarkable portrait!

  • Petra

    Petra (Deleted) gave props (24 Sep 2010):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    A purrrrfect entry.

  • ana marques

    ana marques gave props (27 Aug 2011):


  • Joy Baker

    Joy Baker gave props (15 May 2012):

    Adorable. :)

  • Meow Zen Desire

    Meow Zen Desire gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    super sharp!

  • Katherine Zink

    Katherine Zink said (12 Dec 2012):

    Great lighting! Love the intensity of his eyes and his expression! Beautiful cat!

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