I then decided I had not had enough fun, and wanted to try to photograph a very light colored cat, hoping that the mistakes I made with my lighting set up in round one, would be resolved more quickly. What I did not count on were the very basic facts: (1) cats want to explore dark rooms, (2) cats are very suspicious of lights that flash on in dark rooms, and (3) a cat's eyes will process this flashing light in a different manner than a dog's eyes will process it. I ended up having to use my off camera speed light on the opposite side. I also used a toy motivator (feather on a stick) to have the cat turn a bit away from the light source. I am still not totally happy with the eyes, but I have to live with this image because (4) cats aren't as patient as dogs about lighting mistakes. I also could not decide whether to convert the image to black and white or leave it as is, so I've given you a sample of both below.
More "low key" fun is in the blog loop. Start with Kathie Ono, Ono Pet Photography of Fairhope, Alabama and work your way through the links until you are back here again.