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Kitten on a Post

By psbailey31
This 4 week old kitten had no problem climbing thats for sure

Exif Info:

Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D5100
F-Stop: 1/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO Speed: ISO-1600
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal Length: 135mm
Max-aperture: 4.2
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure program: Aperture Priority
White balance: Auto

Colour was adjusted slightly in Photoshop, as it was such a sunny day, the white wall in the background had washed out a lot of the colour in the picture, and a lot of the wall was cropped out.

Tags: Kitten Pets and captive animals

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.

Comments


LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 2:11PM
This one has the 'Aaaaaaaah' factor in spades.

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banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3350 Canada
8 Jun 2013 3:54PM
A really attractive shot, lots of Aaaaah as LynnJoyce mentions.


Just a few suggestions.


Off centre placement work for this as the kitten is looking to the left, to add more space there.

The white fur is burned out with no detail recoverable on the right front leg, so close a little fur over it at a low opacity.

The eyes can be brightened, and there are dull catch-lights there if you zoom in that can be brought out by touching up with a 1 pixel white brush

A little sharpening on the kitten helps, - the rope is sharp enough.

Finally a slight warming of the white balance.

All in the mod.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie
mrswoolybill Plus
9 841 1372 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 6:24PM
Sweet and funny, and full of character. Well done for getting an original pet shot.
I agree about a bit more space on the left. The other change that I would make here would be to crop some canvas off top and bottom - portrait format seems so obvious for a vertical subject, but this would look better balanced to my eye with the kitten perched a little higher in a square crop. The fact that it's looking down conveys the height, and also makes the space above redundant.
I'd also get rid of that little bit or turquoise under the chin, because it clashes with the blue. And a bity of dodging and burning on the eyes. I'll do a quick Mod.
Looking at your settings - you've achieved a good image quality at 1600 ISO but there was no need to go that high. A kitten can move fast but there's no need for 1/4000 second - if it was moving that fast you wouldn't catch it in the frame at this distance! For a moving subject I much prefer to use Shutter priority and keep an eye on the aperture that it is giving me, rather than vice versa, and 1/500 second would have been quite adequate - which would have allowed you the improved image quality of a lower ISO.
Moira
psbailey31 3 10 Ireland
8 Jun 2013 10:28PM
Hi,

Thank you all for your comments and modifications, they both look great Smile

I thought the white in the wall would affect the picture when I was taking it, but I couldn't resist the shot anyway..

I'll definitely take on board your comments about ISO and shutter speed for future shots

Thanks again

Paul
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 7:28AM
Nice shot, but agree with comments. Ideally, crop even tighter aND THE FACE NEEDS TO BE PIN SHARP. a PITY IT WAS NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA AS THOSE EYES WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FINISHING TOUCH.

Sorry about caps, caught caps lock key.

pAUL
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3350 Canada
9 Jun 2013 2:40PM
Just to explain the crop psbailey31, as I didnt do so in the original comment, the reason space is added to the left when removed from the right is to maintain a printable A4 aspect ratio, which also maintains the same post height as the original shot.



regards


Willie
psbailey31 3 10 Ireland
9 Jun 2013 6:41PM
Hey Willie

Thank you. I do like the way the subject is more to the side on your mod.

Thank you for your help and suggestions

Paul

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