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Her Eyes!

By IshanPathak  
Finally got round to upload after nearly a month and a half. Took it in the morning today, with just a hint of sun rays up there... I think the cut off parts ( ear and bit of hairs ) 'may' be a problem, but it wasn't possible to get it perfectly. She was moving so much, and i was at an angle, which would have either produced this, with cut off parts, or without cut off parts + a distraction in the background...

Any CC always taken Smile

Looking forward for your comments.. Smile Smile

Tags: Cats Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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tonyguitar Plus
7 77 37 Canada
25 Mar 2015 2:41AM
Some may have difficulty with a snipped ear, but not me. I know its there. This is an excellent portrait. Well composed and close cropped just fine. Her Eyes...and Her Smile. TG

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PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
25 Mar 2015 4:49AM
welcome back, Ishan.. I hope you enjoyed your break..
so very well done here that I would say - Her Majesty's eyes.. It has that sort of impact..

a beautiful, well composed and exposed capture of this beautiful feline..
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 5:00AM
Thank you Tony and Pranav Smile

Pranav: I hardly think board exams can be considered as an 'enjoyable' break Wink
PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
25 Mar 2015 5:24AM

Quote:Thank you Tony and Pranav Smile

Pranav: I hardly think board exams can be considered as an 'enjoyable' break Wink

yup.. I forgot.. poor memory..
I hope you excelled in that as you do in photography.. Must say I hadn't heard the word camera when I was your age..
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
25 Mar 2015 6:36AM
Beautifully captured, Ishan.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 8:07AM
A nice shot. I would have composed with less to the left and more to the right to move the eyes, in effect, to the left. then a more balanced composition.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 8:15AM
Thank you Carol and Paul Smile

Paul: I agree, but it really was very difficult to even move a little. One, as i have mentioned, about the distraction which keep getting up in the frame. Second, one movement, and she was off in a flash!

25 Mar 2015 9:39AM
good to se you uploading again Ishan trust you did well in the boar exams fingers crossed for you, they never sit still when you want them to the clipped ear is not an issue and I like the eye detail

NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 11:07AM
Welcome back, it seems like ages since you last uploaded. As for your composition and capture of this beautiful feline. I agree with Pauls comments, however it is still a very sharp image with good colouring throughout.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 11:14AM
Good to see you uploading again. This is good - yes, I would prefer a bit more space, for the ear-tip and also for the whiskers. This is about alertness, the senses - cats live by their ears, eyes, nose and whiskers. But the important thing is that you have allowed space on the right for the cat to look into. Cats are always watching something.

In theory I would want the eyes a bit higher in the frame but somehow the placement works well here - I think the heavy lids and watchful look suit the proportions. This looks devious, calculating. Essence of cat...

Sharp on the eyes, and beautifully exposed.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 11:19AM
Thank you Nathan, Graham and Moira. Always a pleasure to hear from you all Smile

I am really happy that apart from the composition issue, everything seems to be fine. And for once, exposure is perfect Grin.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
25 Mar 2015 11:46AM
Hi Ishan.

Hope college is going well for you.

Its likely as good as it can get with the equipment you use.

The clipped ear doesnt bother me, the whiskers a little bit, but the attention is on the expression and the eye.

Exposure is good, focus is good.

I would like to see blacks lifted a bit, - blacks i general are a little "blocked", but I dont think its anything youve done.

Contrast could be lowered to help with this too. Though the composition is fine, it could benefit with some space cropped from the left and added to the right.

Done in the mod. I have also reduced what I think is a slight green tint.

Well done,


IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 1:16PM
Thank you Willie for your comment and lovely mod. Smile

Quote:blacks i general are a little "blocked"
I didn't get this. Do you mean the background which is partly black?
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
25 Mar 2015 2:32PM
This means that some blacks have zero detail, and are below the 0,0,0 threshold. So, if I increase the detail in blacks, they wont respond, - they will remain pure black, while other black areas will respond and lighten; the area around her eyes as an example.

I will upload a screen shot from PS to explain further.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 2:38PM
Well how does this happen? I mean its something wrong with the light, setting or..?
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 2:43PM
Wow! Had no clue about these things! Well is there anything on which these blacks depend upon?
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
25 Mar 2015 2:43PM
No, its something to do I think with the camera. The dynamic range its capable of may not extend to cover the blacks that were in the shot. So they are lost. A camera with a physically larger sensor (not megapixels) would likely be able to capture detail there.

An APS-C sensor, as an example, is 36 times larger than the one in your Sony, no matter how many megapixels are involved. A 12 mpixel APS-C sensor is still 36 times larger that a 16mpixel small factor sensor. Its the dimension, length by height.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 2:47PM
Ok, so basically if i had shot this with a DSLR, there would have been some detail around her eyes... I really need a full book on photography which could give me a gist of all these! The more i explore, the more i get the feeling that i know practically nothing about this field!
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 4:46PM
I think that everything has been covered, Ishan, but I wanted to comment and welcome you back to the Critique Gallery following your exams.
You are a serious pupil of photography, too, but just remember, every one of us is still learning, however old we are and however many years we have been taking photos.
Surely this is one reason why you post your pictures here, to learn from others.
However, this is an extremely competent cat portrait and you have done so many things right, so I will mark you with an "A". What is gratifying is that you are critiquing your own image, you realise there are areas that are going to be critiqued, you know they exist, and that is good. Recognising them is a big step towards getting them right whenever you can.

TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 4:50PM
Good to have you back Smile With this image, I'd rather see a partially clipped ear and whiskers than a blurred image of this beautiful cat, due to subject movement! Cats are too flighty and never sit still long enough when you want them to; they're always off after something, or just get bored and wander off instead. I think you've done incredibly well to get this - it's sharp where it needs to be. A slight crop from the left hand side improves the overall composition, but even without that it's a great cat portrait.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Mar 2015 5:34PM
Thank you Pamela and Tanya for your wonderful comments Smile

Pamela: I just hope i get same result in my exams Grin. Well if i say i am improving, it is because i post pictures here. The comments, not only teaches you but also give you the motivation to get going and get a better shot.

Tanya: Its really strange i didn't think of a crop and now that i see it ( Willie's mod ) and you say this too, i think i should have done that. Atleast as a variant. But it can be due to my excitement to get my upload here, that i neglected the possibility BlushBlush

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 600 England
25 Mar 2015 8:55PM
Welcome back Ishan, it's always good to see your images and read your comments. I hope your exams went well.

I agree with Pamela that it's good you identify the areas in your image that need improving.
Yes ideally you'd get all the ear in, but you've also clipped some whiskers, so it's more along the lines of a closely cropped in image than something you've done as a 'mistake'.
The rest of th eimage is free from distractions and the sharpness and detail are so good you don't concern yourself with the 'missing ear'.

IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
26 Mar 2015 12:56AM
Thank you for your comment Keith Smile

Quote:closely cropped in image than something you've done as a 'mistake'.

I didn't get this. I did not crop it at all. It was cut off in camera only.

tonyguitar Plus
7 77 37 Canada
26 Mar 2015 1:41AM
Getting more detail in the black of the eye area discussion above is interesting. But in this image it is not always needed or desired. The wet bump in the corner of the eye is not attractive or required. TG
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 600 England
26 Mar 2015 9:58PM
OK Ishan, I meant that you've cropped in very closely clipping both the ear and the whiskers makes it a deliberate choice to go in close rather than chopping off the ear by mistake or being careless with composition.
When we mention cropping, wee can mean cropping an image in software or cropping using the viewfinder when we compose the image in camera.

Hope that's clearer Smile
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
27 Mar 2015 3:25AM
oh i get it now Blush

Cropping=Software one for me!

Thank you for clearing my doubt Smile


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