The Cats of University Heights: Tiger

Alabama, along a two-block stretch, delivers yet another friendly feline. These sightings surprise because the street, like a few others in the neighborhood, has no utility poles. Their absence immensely diminishes the presence of birds, which would otherwise perch on the wires. If there is so little prey, why are there so many predators? Even well-fed cats hunt and kill. It’s their nature. (Update: Not only are there birds but more squirrels than is typical; asked and answered.)

On no other street to either side of Park Blvd. have I seen more furballs than Alabama. Among the recent sightings: Goldie, GreyItchy Valentino (yes, real name), and Nine. In the alley behind: Spry. Several others will join the series when I get better portraits of them. 

Leica Q proved its street photography chops once more in capturing candids of the roamer I nickname Tiger, in recognition of his magnificent tail. The Featured Image is composed as shot, so warning: It’s a big file. The full-frame sensor shooter is a low-light champ. I shot both photos last night at 6:40 p.m. PDT. Sunset was 18 minutes earlier, and deep dusk already approached night.

I preset wide aperture and faster shutter speed, letting the camera choose ISO, so as to nab a portrait with brash bokeh but no motion blur. Vitals: f/1.7, 1/125 sec, ISO 2500, 28mm. The companion, which is close-cropped for composition, is same but ISO 3200.

Try shooting with natural lighting in approaching darkness with your iPhone, kiddies, and expect to be disappointed. Real street photography demands a real camera.

Tiger was very friendly, BTW. As I walked from Meade towards Mission, he emerged meowing from under the locked gate of an apartment complex where my wife and I had been the day before. What a coincidence! But the on-site property manager says the kitty lives a few doors down the way. Tiger visits to watch birds in the center courtyard. Mmm perhaps because there are none on the street?

Previously featured felines: ScruffyRoly PolyWooSkullBiscuitThe ColonelWhite,  Chipper, Frisky, Stretch, Needy, Farfisa, Mates, Hunter, Pee-PeeBlue, Blue Too, Bonded PairPatience, Fess, Jumper, Frenemy, Looker, Cozy, Scout, Lurks, Skit, Mini, Betty, Black and White, Stalker, Bell, Chill, Sammy, Scratch, Poser, Star, Grey and White, Watcher, Herman, Comet, RomanWillow, Chub, Nimbus, Watson, Lilo, Kit, Pepe, Twilight, Sebastian, Spot, Booger, Ash, Veruca, Riley, Mellow, Chance, Flower, Glass, Black, BeBe, Fang, Loyal, Siamese, Pounce,  Tortie, HaikuFraidy,  PesoOrangeDuskStrideDaintySpryTabby, Betty Too, Still, LeviGrandSophie, WinkFerals, MommaCharlie, Tux, Cool, Roamer, Jellicle, Itchy Valentino, Goldie, Nine, Amanda, Siesta, ChaCho, Charlie, Too, Mika, Crystal, Seeker, MittensDancer, and Smokey.