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I can see you

By geomaia
This was my late cat, Bombi, waiting patiently by the kitchen window to be let in. I loved this cat deeply and he was part of my life.

Tags: England Pets and captive animals

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
26 Apr 2012 7:37AM
Hi Geovana, welcome to EPZ! Smile

What a gorgeous initial upload - it really made me smile!

It is very difficult to critique an image which is so loved by the photographer and one which cannot be repeated! I love the way his eyes are peering through between the slats of the blind, the lighting is very good, considering you didn't use flash! Smile I may be tempted to crop a little, both left and right, to make this into a portrait format, but that is a minor point and totally down to personal taste!

Because you've clicked the 'critique' box we are not allowed to vote for this image, but I really look forward to seeing more from you! Smile

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Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 3:53PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!! it !!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 3:55PM
Hello, Geovana, and welcome to EPZ.
From what I can see of Bombi through the blinds, he looks like a lovely cat and I'm sure you miss him a lot.
No doubt you have some "straight" shots of him, and they will bring back fond memories, and I would assume you uploaded this one because it has more interest than a straight shot, with Bombi looking through the blinds.
There is somewhat of an optical illusion happening in this image. I have found it difficult to see the blinds as being in the foreground, and my poor old brain is trying hard to let me see what I know is there.
Also, there are brown lines running across the background and across the cat, which must be reflections of the blinds in the glass of the kitchen window. It took me a while to fathom out why the lines should be going across the cat's face. They would be difficult to clone out completely, and so I think they will have to stay. What I think CAN be removed are the diagonal white lines on the left because they are so bright that it takes attention away from Bombi.
Another thing that I find interesting is that the cat's shadow is on the inside of the blind, obviously because the sun was high and behind your cat. So, some very intriguing elements here, Geovana. They make the viewer look, and look again.
That light is obviously shining on the glass in front of the cat, and it has left the eye area with a faded look where there is glare coming through, and this is a shame because eyes are a very important part of any picture.
I think that portrait format would have been better for this image, focusing all attention upon your subject.
So, I have done a modification where I firstly used Perspective Correction to straighten the blinds, in particular the vertical part, and cloned out the white lines. I then cropped in close to the cat and placed his eyes on the top thirds line (under the rule of thirds). I used the Burn Tool to darken that area, selected the eyes, enhanced them and sharpened them. I brightened the image and used a high pass sharpen to finish.

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