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Embers Eye

By loubradtphotography    
Close up of the eye of our cat Ember, taken when she was on the prowl trying very unsuccessfully to grab a bird as it came to a feeder in the garden. This is not a new photograph, but one of my earlier ones, but most definitely one of my favourite shots

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Tibetan 8 3 England
23 Jul 2012 5:57PM
Very nice the eyes have it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 398
23 Jul 2012 5:59PM
Hello Lou.

Please assist us by providing the exif data, so people can know the parameters set and give you more specific advice.

To me it is a very well focused and composed picture. I like the part of the blue sky reflected in her eye. The green leaf adds an element of outdoors environment/natural habitat. Being shot in a so tight frame and having that colour makes the size of the cat ambiguous, is it a pussy or a puma?

The only manipulation I would see to be suggested is to darken all the background on the right top corner. You should be proud of it as a picture.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
23 Jul 2012 6:14PM
Welcome to EPZ Lou. It is a nice shot as it is, but I wondered what it would look like in a printable aspect ratio, with the twig and leaf removed, so Ive uploaded a mod.

I see you have another photo up for critique that was missed by the critique team, so Im off to take a look at that. You did remember the exif data for the last one, - I imagine this has gone through some manipulation and you may no longer have the exif.

heres some infor for new members also:

Please load you exif data, or shot settings. We need aperture, speed, iso, ;ens, focal length, and camera model. If you domt know how to get this, just lets us know and we may be able to help. This allows us to provide the best possible feedback. On the upload page, you will notic, on the right, a link called More Exif Data, - click this.

There are features in this gallery you may want to use: Theres a "Like" icon beside a comment; and theres the small "Nominate for Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of every comment. The Critique Team approves or denies submissions for constructive Critiques, and members can accrue points. Critique Team members cannot approve comments on their own feedback. When you provide constructive feedback, you can also start collecting points, which can mean you are improving to the point where you can see how to improve other members shots. To qualify as Constructive, the feedback has to improve you image, your skill, your knowledge of the photographic process, or post processing. Comments like nice shot, love the scenery, etc dont qualify.

Re sizing tip:

Resize image: Image>Image size> set pixels per inch to 72; then set the longest side to what the site allows; then during the save as process, you will adjust the quality slider to get the right file size, then save.

Next: OPen the new image. Check for sharpness at 100%. It will very likely need to be sharpened. You can use whatever method you prefer; here is a reliable method you can use:

Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask; set Radius = 0.8; set threshold = 3; now slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, which oversharpens the shot; then slide it slowly back to the left until it doesnt look soft, and doesnt look too sharp. You can view your image and turn Preview on and off to see how youre doing. When your happy, press OK, then SAVE. Now upload.



regards



Willie
Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:33PM
Great shot, showing the intensity of the cat and the wonderful colours in the eyes. I'm not interested in the 'wild' environment, so for me the stem and leaf have to go, like Willie's mod. The image is plenty strong enough with just Ember in it.

Nick
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 7:30AM
The basis of a very fine strong image but the green leaf has to go and is easily cloned. The twig too maybe, but that is less insistent. This really needs to be absolutely pin sharp and it is just a touch off. However, that could easily be compression and size factors preparing for net use.

Paul
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 4:21PM
Beautiful shot !!!!......lovely tight framing for impact, but it's the gorgeous colours in her eye that really add the 'zing' !!!

Just needs the vegetation cloning out, & a hint of sharpening for 10/10 !!!!!

I'll try a mod when I get the time !
I can only apologise for the lack of exif data on my photos thus far....i am currently holidaying with family and so am only able to upload what i have with me photograph wise. Once i return home (25th July) i will have access to my desktop and subsequently originals of all my files and can update the exif data.

This photo was taken some time ago as I said and was taken using a Nikon D40 using a 55-200mm lens. I know I cropped it down from the original and would have used levels layers to edit the eye, and then sharpened, as this was my fav early technique as I was just starting to learn more about photography.

Thank you for your patience over the exif info....I really appreciate everyones comments on my work, although obviously I may not alway agree...

Have a great day and thank you

Lou Smile
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 2:53PM
Hi Lou.....managed to do a simple mod, just cloning out the leaf & twig makes such a difference......then I've sharpened the whole image !!

Sure makes a gorgeous portrait, with the main focal point, his eye, being a lovely vivid gold, & pin-sharp.....nicely balanced by his pink nose !!!!

It's a real beaut !!!!.GrinGrin
28 Jul 2012 9:18PM
hey lou a great photo, u have a really good eye for catching great photos.
hope u had a good time on your holiday and it was really nice to see u again.
vikki9876

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