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Feeding Time

By cmg2000    
Our nameless kitten waiting to be fed. We had to tease it to get the photo.
Taken with Nikon D7000 and 105vr

Tags: Photo Food Flash Head Cute Kitten Cat Tooth Dinner Pets and captive animals

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
20 Apr 2014 9:23PM
Its a decent shot. You might want to edit the description before you get in trouble with cat lovers!

A little underexposed, and uploaded a mod to fix it.



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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2014 9:25PM
Hi Ciaran

Not your usual cute Kitten type photo but an interesting idea all the same.

With direct flash you are always up against a harsh light source and wherever possible this should be only used for last resort pictures or snapshots where flash is required to illuminate your subject. I get the impression this has been staged from your comment so would suggest it may of been worthwhile to do have set up near a window for some nice soft natural light. Try and get the catchlight in the eye to sit on the pupil too. Not a deal breaker but generally good technique.

Looking at the EXIF data you have set a wide aperture. This is great for keeping the background blurred and isolating your subject however I feel this would of benefitted from a little more depth of field to keep all the Kittens head in focus. The important point being the lead eye is pin sharp however I would of liked to see the nose and whiskers sharp too.

Perhaps a more straight on angle too - like a roaring lion, face on, may be more impactful.

Overall you have an interesting picture of your Kitten although a little more consideration in setting this up would change it from a snapshot to a creative portrait.

I hope that helps.

What Paul said. It is a great kitty portrait....with a few detail caveats. And, as a cat owner, a little teasing is not a sin. Cats are not easy to shoot. They do not stay still.

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2014 8:40AM
It needs to be sharp on the teeth and near eye. Probably on autofocus and with a wide aperture, minimum depth of field. Exposdure and sharpness are the two corner stones of a good image and you must crack those.

As this is totally lit by flash, you could have set 1/200 @ f11 or 16 on mamual and the gun should pump out enough light when this close even if you used the camera internal gun. You could have gone to ISO400 with little quality loss too if necessary.

dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
21 Apr 2014 1:26PM
As has been said, the two crucial things are a sharp eye, and a smaller aperture. Using falsh, there's no reason not to choose a smaller aperture.

I like the pose - and a more frontal position would also have worked. This reminds me of a snake striking!
I've tried a slight crop and a mono conversion in Nik Efex.
cmg2000 Plus
5 263 Ireland
21 Apr 2014 4:51PM
Thank you all for your feedback.
I wasn't quite as prepared as I'd have liked.
Unfortunately these cats have a lot of energy and are very hard to keep in frame, especially at 105mm.

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