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By Marshmallow
I am new to ephotozine and this is the first picture I have uploaded for comments. I take photos as a hobby and welcome all constructive tips and feedback.

Tags: Eyes Cat Garden Hunting Outside Tabby Whiskers Pets and captive animals Dim light


digitalpic 18 107 4 Scotland
30 Jul 2010 8:56AM
firstly... welcome to ePz, i hope you find it constructive.
composition strong but maybe just a slight bit off to the left put his head on the thirds line left without cropping his whiskers out, maybe stronger with more body . the colours and lighting are perfect, possible only crit would be if he was to bring his eyeline down and look straight at the lens, more impact.
a good well balanced image
30 Jul 2010 9:02AM
Cheers Rob ... comments taken onboard and very much appreciated. Just need to get my "model" to start taking direction ... children and animals ehh. Thanks again.
MoragM 11 1 Scotland
30 Jul 2010 9:40AM
Wecome to ePz Lisa! Although I agree with Rob about putting him off centre I like the natural pose of his head. He looks as if he is quite a serous puss! Morag
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Jul 2010 9:51AM the angle of the head and the way the light concentrates on the head. It feels a little soft, but that may have been your intention....and forgive me for indulging myself, but I have been playing around with selective sharpening in Gimp and have uploaded a mod for you. Hope you like it Smile
Lorn 12 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 9:53AM
welcome to epz, all great advice above, your image caught my eye

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
30 Jul 2010 2:55PM
Welcome to EPZ Lisa.

This is a very good shot to start with, and you can learn a lot from this first upload.

First, some basics when loading a shot for critique:

Let us know your shot settings, - speed, aperture, ISO, lens, focal length, white balance, camera, what your intention was, what processing youve done, - this all helps provide a much better critique for you.

Youve caught the cat at a very good moment. It looks 'soft" and this means its doesnt look very sharp. if your original shot looks sharp, and this one doesnt, its because you need to apply some sharpening to your image after you re size it for the web. Ive sharpened the mods and they look good, so its likely this is whats happened.

The shot places the cats head/eyes, - the focal points right in the centre of the frame. This is a normal tendency, but you will learn here that this is often not the best idea. It works under some circumstances and for some subjects, but its usually best to place the subject off centre, - ideally about one third the way in from one side, and one third down from the top of up from the bottom.

Ive loaded 2 mods as example.

Mod1 is you original with sharpening and adjusted for contrast.The eyes are nicely exposed and quite sharp.

Mod2 is an example of placing the subject optimally, where its taking advantage of where the cat is looking by proving space to "look into", - and is obviously a portrait format. Keep in mind that the focal point is the subjects head and eyes, and you can lose the part of the cat thats not contributing to the shot.

Hope this is a helpful introduction, and look forward to seeing your progression over time.


31 Jul 2010 9:08AM
Thank you Guys

So many wonderful and very helpful comments. Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts and experince with me. I have taken it all onboard ... putting it into practice will be the tricky one but I am sure I will get there.

The modifications from Cats_123 and Willie were very thought provoking. I had really like the "softness" I created with Pan, my "model". However, a little sharpening changed the dynamic completely and I actually really liked it. I especially liked Willie's second modification which gave a completely different atmosphere to the image in such a simple way.

Well my first experience with ephotozine has been a very positive one which has left me feeling inspired and part of a community ... thanks Rob for suggesting I join.

Best wishes

PS - Morag, don't let Pan fool you into thinking he is a serious cat, he's actually a big cuddely baby.

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