Feline Jokes: Funny Cat Expressions Captured on Camera

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Elke Vogelsang, also known as “Wieselblitz,” is a renowned photographer who has gained popularity for her extraordinary projects with canines. However, she has now shifted her focus to capture the charm and personality of the other beloved pet: cats. Despite being a commercial pet photographer who has worked with both cats and dogs, Vogelsang finds it baffling that there is an ongoing feud between cat lovers and dog lovers. Through her lens, she has recognized the unique qualities of both furry creatures. Her latest photo series called “wieselcats” highlights the expressions of cats from a human perspective. Although cats are often perceived as grumpy compared to their canine counterparts, Vogelsang sees them differently. She appreciates the diverse range of expressions that these felines exhibit.

Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang

Even though cats are more challenging subjects to photograph than dogs, Vogelsang finds the experience fascinating and enjoyable. She clarifies that despite some of the grumpy expressions in her shots, none of the cats were genuinely irritated with her during the shoots. If they had been, they would not have cooperated. Vogelsang has many tools at her disposal to help her masterfully capture her subjects’ personalities, as seen in her feature on Colossal. When speaking with PetaPixel, she discussed some of the tools and engagement techniques she used for the series. Vogelsang engages playful cats with long feathers, little plush toys, or even wool strings. She ensures that the cats enjoy chasing their “prey” and attempts to capture photos of them trying to catch it.

Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang

Vogelsang employs some sneaky photography techniques to capture her feline subjects in action, using timing to her advantage by snapping the shot when the toy is just out of sight for the camera but still tantalizingly close for the cat. Rather than relying on gimmicky props, Vogelsang relies on her own cleverness and skill to create captivating images of our feline friends.

Elke Vogelsang

Vogelsang had a blast photographing Graham, who she affectionately calls the “monster kitten”. This feline was full of energy and mischief, always on the lookout for prey. Vogelsang had to be quick on her feet to avoid getting scratched by his tiny claws. Despite the challenges, she loved every minute of it, especially since she is a fan of wild and unruly pets.

For her studio shoots, Vogelsang prefers to use the Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 lens for its versatility and efficiency. She can capture wide-angle funny shots at around 16mm and more elegant portraits with a longer range.

In Vogelsang’s pet photography sessions, she focuses on building trust with the animals, using bribes and catnip as mood lifters. Unlike dogs, cats don’t usually react well to noises, so Vogelsang uses small leather strings attached to sticks to create the sound of flapping bird wings. This piques the cats’ curiosity and awakens their predatory instincts, making for some stunning photos.

Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang

Vogelsang shares that she relies on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for editing her pictures. As for tips on capturing furry subjects, she emphasizes the importance of having patience, building trust, repeating actions, and offering incentives. She believes that motivation plays a crucial role in pet photography, as every animal has its unique personality and preferences. For Vogelsang, keeping the session fun and rewarding is vital to maintaining the animal’s interest and ultimately achieving great shots.

Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang

I have an equal fondness for working with cats and dogs. However, I wouldn’t call it work as I’ve transformed my hobby into a career and strive to ensure that everyone, including myself, enjoys it.

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