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This is Charlie. Another of my 14 cats not previously seen on EP. She is yet another adopted cat. When she first arrived we thought she was a boy cos she was so miscevious and acted like a right charlie. Name stuck even though we later found she was a girl. This pic was taken in half daylight (like last nights olive tree) and this was the result. Hope you like her. All comments and criricism welcome.
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Camera:Fuji FinePix S9500
Lens:28-300mm
Recording media:DSLR
Title:Charlie
Username:Paul_cats Paul_cats
Uploaded:6 Feb 2006 - 7:53 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals
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annefromleo
6 Feb 2006 - 7:57 AM

brilliant as a large image too
anne

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sarac
sarac  863 forum posts
6 Feb 2006 - 9:23 AM

nice sharp image with good catch lights. Well done. And like the framing too!

Sara c

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TessC
TessC  8 Ireland
6 Feb 2006 - 9:38 AM

Wonderful!! Nice pose and a lovely cat.. Your background works well and I like the frame. I super shot all round.. x

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pointnshoot
6 Feb 2006 - 10:08 AM

Superb shot, Charlie is a wonderful subject.Keep up the great work.

Mandie

Thanks Paul for your comments on my upload yesterday, I was a little dissapointed that it didn't get more attention, But hey I liked it. Thanks again for all your support.

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mrsdaffy
mrsdaffy  8
6 Feb 2006 - 12:40 PM

Spot on Paul... again its all in the eyes...

Mags

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brian usher
brian usher e2 Member 1170 forum postsbrian usher vcard United Kingdom
6 Feb 2006 - 10:38 PM

You cracked it Paul! Well done. Excellent detail and what a background!

Brian.

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angelamary
7 Feb 2006 - 12:13 AM

Gorgeous cat, well caught! lovely eyes she has!

Ps... Did a little mod'. Hope you like it!

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2006 - 12:24 AM

do i take it that you like felines then paul?
lovely clea/sharp shot, great detail, well taken.

marc.

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 12:27 AM

Read my portfolio Marc. I have 14 of the little cuties.
Thank you all for your comments.

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mattw
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 2:38 AM

14 cats! OMG...

You asked for a full critique in the forums, so here goes:

Good points:
Nice and sharp focus
Plenty of detail
Good catchlights in the eyes.

Bad points:
Exposure. The White fur has been recorded as a grey. The good news is that this can be corrected in Photoshop - have a look in the learn -> Techniques area of this website for a tourtial on the 'Levels' tool.

Also, I think this photo would be stronger with some eye contact.

There you go, good luck!

Mattw

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 2:44 AM

Thanks Matt. Understand about correction of white fur but how do I correct that when i actuall take the photograph?
Paul

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mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 3:02 AM

Does your camera display a histogram? (It's digital, so I assume it does).

In this shot the amount of white fur in the picture has folled the camera (which will base it's calculated exposure on the assumption that the overall picture is a 'mid tone').

Because of this, you will need to correct the exposure. If your camera has an 'Exposure Overide' feature, this this would be the easiest way.

Use the histogram to judge exposure (not the brightness of the screen!), and increase/decrease the exposure as needed by usinf the 'Exposure Overide'. Oftern it may be neccessary to adjust the 'Exposure Overide', take a shot, view the histogram, and make a further adjustment.

Mattw

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 3:54 AM

Just came by this from reading the forum topics.
YOu have been given some good advice re exposure. It is sharp and a decent size in the frame, so, good. The black background is fine - but that is also personal choice though with the subject here the neutral colours are best i.e. fluorescent green wouldn't look good!
However the comment that the cat looks bored is valid, as it doesn't make the pic come alive. The big problem though is that it's been taken with direct on-camera flash so makes it look nothing more than a snap. That last bit may sound harsh but lighting is something you need to be awre of if you want to improve.

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 4:00 AM

Thanks Krimage. At last some valid critique coming my way.

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donnaree
donnaree  1036 forum posts
7 Feb 2006 - 4:26 AM

Charlie is adorable! I think you done a fine job using a flash with a cat. You did't get marble eyes Smile

Donna

P.S. have been out of town and am alittle slow about catching up with everyone. Smile

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highlander  1032 forum posts Scotland
7 Feb 2006 - 11:01 AM

What a clean looking cat Paul, so healthy looking and your detail on the eye is outstanding. Nice shot.
Doug.

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2006 - 12:07 PM

Thank you all for your comments and taking the time to show me where the picture is lacking by uploading modified versions. Very much appreciated.
Paul

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JoeConway
JoeConway  8
7 Feb 2006 - 1:25 PM

Hi Paul,

Very nice composition and detail.

If you are surprised by the black background, I think it is because you are cranking your aperture open so wide. If you drop it down a few stops you should see a more normal background effect - though the one you have suits the image nicely methinks.

The simple border presents well.

joe

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georg
georg e2 Member 9georg vcard South Africa
9 Feb 2006 - 2:43 AM

a lovely cat. Our three cats keep us busy. I wonder how it is with 14 of them!!
Georg

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