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Sorry I haven't uploaded in a while, been really busy. This is June, an adorable 8 week old kitten that the lead singer of Jackson Rose just got. We went around to her house to drop of some videos and I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of this little ball of fur lol Of course I cropped the image and sharpened it in Photoshop as well as tweaking the clarity of her eyes.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-3N
Lens:OLYMPUS 50mm Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Jun 2014 - 11:00 AM
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:June the adorable ball of fuzz
Username:SamanthaDonPhotography SamanthaDonPhotography
Uploaded:16 Jun 2014 - 6:14 PM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2014 - 9:35 PM

Good to see you uploading here again.

I would crop this a little further, a bit off the top and bottom to make a square crop. This would be a tight frame but the kitten is hiding in that receptacle and a tight crop would help emphasise that. Mod to follow.

Your tweaking of the eyes doesn't get away from the fact that the point of focus is in front of them - just look at the eyebrow whiskers and hairs in the ears, they are much sharper.
That's the difficulty with using a shallow depth of field, but you know that as you've done it so well on earlier portrait uploads. Animals are no different in that respect.

Though you've used flash the effect is not harsh as there's detail throughout, even the white fur does not appear bleached out on here. It looks like a situation where you had to use flash and you've handled that well.

Keith

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pablophotographer

Hi.
The absolute duet of black and white should make you think you could try a black and white conversion. You did tweak the picture so why not its own colour too? I think since the beige will turn to grey the wondering of what it may be that the object the kitten is in, would turn to mere .... just something we don't care about, so let's just watch the cat then. Its stronger fur colours would win our attention and admiration.

Colour plays an important part of how you perceive or focus or address viewers' focus on your picture. If you are unsure about something, go on and experiment with its looks in black and white, it will help you appreciate your tools to grasp subjects better.

pablophotographer

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10829 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2833 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2014 - 11:45 PM

No aperture data; flash on.focus not on the eye.


Loaded mod.


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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 7:55 AM

Could be so good, but the plane of focus is absolutely minimal and not on the eye. You must get the focal point correct, especially on shots like this. Not a mono subject in my opinion, just too much black and white already.

Paul

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dudler Critique Team 1196 forum postsdudler vcard England291 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 5:29 PM

As Keith says, it's nice to see you uploading here again!

I want to pick up on all of the comments above.

Almost all of the shots you've uploaded recently have been shot at maximum aperture, using your Olympus lens. This is giving focus problems at least a good part of the time: in a shot like this - unless you get the angle and the focus absolutely perfect - you will have technical problems. Given that you have to use manual focus, this feels like a risk too much with this subject!

In my mod, I've cropped to lose the very sharp area in the wood around the kitten, and done a "high structure" B/W conversion in Nik Efex.

I've tried to divert attention from the unsharp eyes, but I'm not sure I've succeeded.

Last Modified By dudler at 18 Jun 2014 - 5:29 PM

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SamanthaDonPhotography

Awww I love all your mods. You've made me fall in love with her all over again lol I do want to get a better automatic lens. The one I'm using right now is the kit lens for my Sony Nex 3 lol I have found exactly what you said above. If I have the time to spare and the subject isn't too hyper lol then I can afford to use my 'better', I do prefer the pictures I get with my Olympus, manual lens. Otherwise I have to use my kit lens...I'm sure we have other automatic lenses somewhere. So I will look into that. Willie the aperture was set to 1.8. I actually have a flash now that I can bounce which makes it easier for me to use. I know I'm such a cheat lol Thank you for the warm welcome back and all your helpful comments.

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