Five evenings ago, October 22, I searched for felines to feature in this series, knowing how they come out at dusk. Around 6:48 p.m. PDT, one approached meowing fervently as I walked up Meade Ave. from Park Blvd. in front of Windsor apartments. My name for the collared cat is Needy, for kneeding the sidewalk while I rubbed his head.

I brought along Fujifilm X-T1, thinking to capture a good low-light portrait. But by the time Needy and I met, where, and with him constantly moving, I couldn’t capture a clean, crisp photo. So, four minutes later, I hauled out iPhone 7 Plus and turned on the flash. Then I got lucky. The kitty rubbed up against a tree, pausing and pulsing in a way that looked like marking to me. Vitals: f/1.8, ISO 25, 1/16 sec, 3.99mm. I did some light post-production editing, mainly sharpening.

This was our first encounter. Other furballs featured in this series: Scruffy, Roly Poly, Woo, Skull, Biscuit, The Colonel, White, ChipperFrisky, and Stretch.

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