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Photo of my pet cat, Little'un. I wanted the photo to show his big eyes, wet nose and defined whiskers.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Sep 2012 - 5:44 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Little'un
Username:MUFCJord MUFCJord
Uploaded:17 Oct 2012 - 4:39 PM
Tags:Animal, Cat, Close-up, Pets, Pets / captive animals
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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 5:06 PM

Hello, I am not right up on puss shots, but I have had a go at a mod for you. Not a great deal of change in the mod, except I have altered the exposure a touch, changed the colour slightly and added some saturation but removed some contrast, which I feel gives more detail to the black fur. I gave it a slight rotate............... This is one of the problems here, In my opinion, you have missed off one of the tips of the cats ear, so I have rotated it more to make it look intentional. Others maybe able to put that missing bit back on. Finally I gave it a sharpen.
Diane

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MUFCJord
MUFCJord  2 England
17 Oct 2012 - 5:14 PM

Thanks for your help/advice Diane, I appreciate it.
Jordan

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Jestertheclown
17 Oct 2012 - 9:46 PM

I couldn't save his ear, although I'm sure it's possible, given more time.
I did however crop the rest of him much closer. So much closer, in fact, that I had to resize it upwards to 600px to be able to upload it! Unfortunately, it shows but you wouldn't get that degradation if you cropped (a copy of) your much larger original.
Hopefully, the lost ear doesn't look quite such an error that way.
I also had to clone the bottom right hand corner to remove the last of the piece of wood. You could also clone the area above his head to get rid of the stripes.
It was a whisker (sorry!) underexposed, I just used the 'auto-tone' button in CS6 to adjust it. I could have used curves (my weapon of choice) but I think that I'd have blown some of the white on his nose.

Hope this helps,

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 17 Oct 2012 - 9:47 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10911 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2909 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 10:11 PM

Welcome to Ephotozine Jordan, enjoy the site. You can see we do.


Its a little underexposed, - but sharp and well focused. Better to have two ears, but we can always make another. With white subjects, overexposing deliberately using exposure compensation is the usual approach, but you has both black and white together, so the camera did a decent job.

The "action" mode as you can see did not provide a high speed at all, - likely as there just wasnt enough light, and with a speed a lot slower than you should have for a close hand held shot, its great. perhaps you had the cam resting on something solid.


Anyway, I also uploaded a mod, so you have a selection!


Regards

Willie

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MUFCJord
MUFCJord  2 England
18 Oct 2012 - 9:40 AM

Thanks for all your help/advice guys. I'm sure I'll get better with practise but I appreciate all your help!
Jordan

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