“Cat on a Patio, 2020.” On a technical note, this is a panoramic shot. I took the picture of the cat and then lowered the camera to take a close-up picture of the bricks. The two frames were stitched together into a single vertical picture in Photoshop, which I cropped into (almost) a square. It would take a seriously expensive wide-angle lens to do this in a single shot.

August 1, 2020 — Garden Grove, California

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