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By Paul_cats
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.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: annefromleo, markyd, sarac and 16 more

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annefromleo 11 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2006 7:57AM
brilliant as a large image too

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sarac 11 63
6 Feb 2006 9:23AM
nice sharp image with good catch lights. Well done. And like the framing too!

Sara c
TessC 11 1 Ireland
6 Feb 2006 9:38AM
Wonderful!! Nice pose and a lovely cat.. Your background works well and I like the frame. I super shot all round.. x
6 Feb 2006 10:08AM
Superb shot, Charlie is a wonderful subject.Keep up the great work.


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.
mrsdaffy 11 16
6 Feb 2006 12:40PM
Spot on Paul... again its all in the eyes...

brian usher 14 70 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2006 10:38PM
You cracked it Paul! Well done. Excellent detail and what a background!

angelamary 11 6 England
7 Feb 2006 12:13AM
Gorgeous cat, well caught! lovely eyes she has!

Ps... Did a little mod'. Hope you like it!
sunshot 12 24 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2006 12:24AM
do i take it that you like felines then paul?
lovely clea/sharp shot, great detail, well taken.

Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
7 Feb 2006 12:27AM
Read my portfolio Marc. I have 14 of the little cuties.
Thank you all for your comments.
mattw 13 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2006 2:38AM
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!

Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
7 Feb 2006 2:44AM
Thanks Matt. Understand about correction of white fur but how do I correct that when i actuall take the photograph?
mattw 13 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2006 3:02AM
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.

dark_lord Plus
13 2.0k 439 England
7 Feb 2006 3:54AM
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.
Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
7 Feb 2006 4:00AM
Thanks Krimage. At last some valid critique coming my way.
donnaree 12 36
7 Feb 2006 4:26AM
Charlie is adorable! I think you done a fine job using a flash with a cat. You did't get marble eyes Smile


P.S. have been out of town and am alittle slow about catching up with everyone. Smile
highlander 13 32 Scotland
7 Feb 2006 11:01AM
What a clean looking cat Paul, so healthy looking and your detail on the eye is outstanding. Nice shot.
Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
7 Feb 2006 12:07PM
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.
7 Feb 2006 1:25PM
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.

georg Plus
12 4 South Africa
9 Feb 2006 2:43AM
a lovely cat. Our three cats keep us busy. I wonder how it is with 14 of them!!

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