What’s most important to me about this photo is the story behind it. I took this photo on Halloween evening. After work, I sat with Squatty the Stray on the front porch while he ate his dinner and I told him to find a spot where he would stay out of the rain and safe from the trick-or-treat activities. After dark, I didn’t see him near the porch so I assumed he wandered off to hunker down for the night like he usually does.
After the first few kids came by, I stood on the porch and said “Squatty, stay safe and warm.” I was just putting that thought out into the universe and didn’t expect what happened next. Squatty came out of our bushes and walked towards the porch. Not only was he still in our yard, but he came towards me. He never approaches us directly, and he only comes to the porch when he knows it’s time for a meal. But he had already eaten (dinner plus a second serving) so I know he wasn’t hungry. I think he was curious about what I was doing out and wanted to hang out for awhile.
I got the camera to try to take some photos of him. He was sitting in front of two electric-bulb pumpkins that we put on the porch and they cast enough light that I could get some photos without using the flash. He stayed on the porch near me for over 5 minutes while I took photos and talked to him. We have a very quiet neighborhood and our little moment was not interrupted by trick-or-treaters, but after realizing he wasn’t getting a third dinner he slowly wandered off to the neighbor’s yard.
I like this photo because the glowing light reflecting off his chest enhanced our heart-warming moment.
In PicMonkey, I darkened the edges and used the focal zoom filter to blur the background.