Going for a walk at 3am with the 'family'.

Discussion in 'Stroll Photography' started by TraamisVOS, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    My sleeping habits are all over the place at the moment. I'm up when I should be sleeping, and to make things worse I'm also up when I'm supposed to be up but only because I have to.

    So anyway I took the 'family' out for a walk at 3am this morning. They love the night walks because it's very quiet so they are relaxed, they have the run of the streets.

    For the cats particularly, if you go on these night walks with them when they're young, it solidifies a bond with them because the night is their domain and they love it that you're hanging out with them in their world.

    On the rare occasion we come across other cats in the night, some of whom don't like Jadey and Atom walking through their territory. Jadey would call me over and I would shoo the other cat away before it starts a fight. For Atom, he generally wants to make new friends but on the odd occasion he's also protective of us and tries to shoo the offending cat away (with me right behind him but he thinks it's all him).

    That's Atom in the foreground, Keesha to the left, and Jadey in the background:

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    Keesha:

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    Jadey in the foreground, Atom in the background:

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    Jadey:

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    Keesha:

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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    love these shots, love the story :smile:
     
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  3. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks! Really looking forward to the new M at some unknown point in the future, the better ISO performance will let me take better photos in the dark.
     
  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Same, really love these shots, I've got a real soft spot for low light images, and the story behind the photos adds to its depth.
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    these are awesome. Our cats are indoor only so I'm jealous of you to start with, but night walkies with all the pets sounds (and looks) awesome!
     
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  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Nice James. While these images are quite noisy, they still easily convey the story of night and strolling about and exploration. The lack of details give rise to the viewers Gestalt instincts, easily filling in the missing pieces of your puzzel.

    Gary
     
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  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks guys.

    I think the lack of details give it a sort of dreamy feel too, perhaps sort of in line with what you're saying Gary.
     
  8. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    +1 !!!!
     
  9. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I love number 3.
     
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  10. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Great story!
     
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  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Love these shots, love the whole idea of night walking with the animals. Tom loves it when I get out into his territory, and he will walk with me (or I with him) but the neighbourhood, its not as safe as it once was. Perhaps if I was male, and a lot younger, I would do it...

    As for the new M!! Can't wait to see what you do with it :)
     
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  12. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    I hope you are ok James.

    I do like the photographs of the little dudes! Nice story too, but do get some sleep!
     
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  13. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    More great stuff. Like how you let be night.
     
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  14. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Good stuff. I love Keesha,
     
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  15. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    It's completely safe in my neighbourhood, especially at that time of the night when there is absolutely no one up and about. Its so quiet and peaceful that you feel that you're the only person walking the earth.


    Thanks Karen, I will survive. It's partly because of the very hot and humid summer nights, makes it harder to sleep properly.
     
  16. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Ah just like me up at all hours. It's really great you could take them for a walk though.There's always a kind of magic in night walks.
     
  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    3.19am and I've been up since 2.30. I wonder if its contagious? I've had this weird sleep pattern for ages, though, so I cant blame you lot. Sleep disorders suck. Tom's out, might grab the X100 and see if he's visible somewhere
     
  18. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I'm up too, it's a humid 27c right now and it's 3.24am!!
     
  19. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Doesn't help that there are busy things on the mind, things I have to do tomorrow, later in the week, next week. And beyond.
     
  20. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    That's how it goes though James, you doze, you wake and the list rolls on in your head and then you can't get to sleep. I have had insomnia on and off since my teens. I have found lately that getting up for a while, not doing anything vigorous but just getting up and resetting the body clock helps in going back to sleep rather than laying there for three to four hours. Also, can't remember where the article is but I read that we're basically meant to sleep in a couple blocks, like at dusk and then to wake a while and then once more. If I find the article I'll share it.