The Stalingrad Cat

kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 227Registered Users Major grins

The following picture was taken at the World War 2 memorial site "Mamayev Kurgan" in the Russian city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. I spotted this (probably) homeless cat roaming through the tourists, probably on the lookout for someone to feed her or for some leftovers. I followed her around for a while, and then she suddenly decided to be thirsty and drink from the site's central water baisin. The time frame for a picture was short, so I have this guy taking a picture of his pregnant wife in the background.

At first, I thought this couple would have ruined the picture, but after having looked at it for a while, I think it even adds something to the overall frame. There were a lot of people at that site that day, and everyone was taking pictures of something - most took pictures of the "Motherland Calls" statue (I have posted a picture in a different thread), some where taking selfies and some were taking pictures of their loved ones. And I was taking a picture of this stray cat, taking some sips out of the basin. And the cat? It didn't care at all.

As for some context, this is the baisin:

Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,317Super Moderators moderator

    I like the "cat drinking" photo. And I think you're right that the background couple adds interest and a slightly different focus to the scene.

  • WernerGWernerG Major grins MainePosts: 534Registered Users Major grins

    I like the first very much. The scene is clearly "monumental" with its stonework and water basin but there are non-monumental things happening, a cat drinking from the pool, a couple photographing memories. Nicely done.

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 227Registered Users Major grins

    Thank you Denise and Werner. I actually tried to clone the two people out of the image before. But while that was technically possible (it's suprising how modern technology enables an amateur like me to do such stuff with a few clicks), I felt like it removed something from the story.

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,331Registered Users Major grins

    Good thinking on #1 and a great capture well handled

    Rags
  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 227Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks Rags, much appreciated!

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,627Registered Users Major grins

    @torags said:
    Good thinking on #1 and a great capture well handled

    I agree, good capture.

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 227Registered Users Major grins

    Thank you Cristobal, glad you like it!

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • redleashredleash Texas Grins San Antonio, TXPosts: 3,762Registered Users Major grins

    Ditto to what has been said. Excellent!

    "But ask the animals, and they will teach you." (Job 12:7)

    Lauren Blackwell
    www.redleashphoto.com
  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 227Registered Users Major grins

    @redleash said:
    Ditto to what has been said. Excellent!

    Thanks for takaing your time to view this post and your encouraging comment, Lauren!

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

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