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Ben Torode’s Inspired Photography: Cutest Kitten Alive

November 16th 2012 2:14 AM

I’m a dog person. That being said, it’s hard not to love Ben Torode’s inspired photographs of his cat Daisy, who is arguably the cutest kitten alive. The photos here depict the cute little critter when she was between eight to sixteen weeks old.

Ben Torode is an Australia-born, Japan-based translator who shoots for a hobby. He found Daisy at a pet store with his wife, and as he mentioned in his interview with My Modern Metropolis, it was love at first sight. He named the kitten Daisy after his wife’s nickname.

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In the interview, Ben discussed the challenges of pet photography, especially with shooting a pet as unpredictable as a little kitten with shallow depth of field. Ben used a full-frame Sony A900 DSLR (predecessor of the Sony A99) with the Carl Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* Lens and the Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens.

Because there is only a narrow field of focus, Ben would zone focus to a specific area. Then, with one hand holding a remote control shutter release, he would play and guide the cat until she is in the “zone.”

Even though Ben considers himself merely a hobbyist, he does sell his images of Daisy on Getty Images.

As a photographer, Ben demonstrates a very good understanding of photographic skills and has a creative eye. It doesn’t hurt that his subject matter is pretty darn adorable.

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To learn more about Ben and Daisy, you can read Ben’s interview with My Modern Metropolis.

You can also view more of Ben’s photos on Ben’s Flickr page.

Thanks to Bored Panda and My Modern Metropolis for the find!


Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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  2. Ed Rhodes


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  4. Shades Zone

    Cute little cat. Nice work!

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  5. Andreane

    Such a sweet little thing… Great photos!

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  6. Agi1969

    So cute. Lovely shots, kittys move too fast and often inside a home there is very little light. Thanks for the article! 

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