You probably know that "classic tabby" refers to a tabby pattern that is swirls and blotches against the background color. You can see some of the dark pattern against a brown coat on the body of this cat (bottom left of photo).
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I love the Maine Coon face. The photograph was taken in March 2005. The focal length of the lens was 75 mm. This is a slight telephoto for the 35 mm format. Ideal for portraiture. The exposure was 1/250th of a second but strobe light was used. Aperture was F5.6 and ISO 100. There is plenty of light in the set up used by Helmi. See the Helmi Flick set up.
The frame around this Helmi photo was created by Google Picasa, incidentally. Unfortunately the hosting server for this site adds a shadow as well so it is a bit overdone, perhaps.