Gus’ Secret Revealed!

When I was looking at this picture before publishing it tonight.  It was reminding me of how popular this profile shot of Gus always is, compared to his other shots.

The comments seem to point out the small nose and the upturned nose as being especially cute.  Well, sure, he’s a nice looking fellow, but his nose isn’t that short…its not like he’s got much if any Persian blood in him.

This zoomed in picture gives the answer.  The white blaze on his nose isn’t symmetric – it moves to this side of his face, so that the white is not actually the top of his nose, but is the edge of the blaze itself.  The true edge is lost, black fur on black background.

Notice that part of his nose leather seems to be missing…it is black too and also hidden,

A second illusion is that the white marks on the upper lip and nose don’t extend all the way to the end of his muzzle – only part way.  But the eye thinks that the white is the entire nose and the black is the face, making it look shorter.

This is also a good example of how you can move into a picture and crop out an entirely different picture.  This is where the extra resolution of today’s cameras works for you.

I missed Julie yawning today, but I did get a good shot when he paused to scratch at his ear with a back paw.  You can’t see it, I don’t think, but you can see that he feels it.

I cropped this one to get closer too…maybe I should have zoomed all the way to just the eyes.  The focus was good enough to do so in this picture, at any rate.  Calla came up this close because I was playing kitten videos again and she always gets a little concerned about the sounds.

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5 Responses to Gus’ Secret Revealed!

  1. nonoymanga says:

    Very cute pet photography!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga


  2. Wazeau says:

    Cat illusions – like they aren’t cute enough, they have to try to trick us into thinking they are even cuter 🙂


  3. no matter how you break it down…that is just one totally cute nose Gus…just sayin’…


  4. nadbugs says:

    The crossed paws.


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