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Guard Cat

By Marioks
Picture of the cat was taken in the mountain city Masca. This cat was sitting on the stairs in front of gates of people who live there. Cat was sitting and didn't mind my photosession.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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parob 10 3 74 France
4 Dec 2012 9:15AM
Not at all surprising the cat did not mind. It looks like an older very wise cat, and it must have known you were shooting from a respectable distance with a 105mm focal and slow shutter speed. Unfortunately this combination resulted in a lack of sharpness, save for a patch of fur in front. There might even be some blown highlights on top of the head. Next time, try to get as close as you can to the animal. It should really fill the frame, now take your measurement. In your shot, there is way too much background. Cats are full of understanding if you approach them very, very slowly. Wink
P.S. I also suspect the white balance, on auto, might have been fooled in this shot.
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 9:22AM
A very experienced cat here, certainly no kitten this!

The composition is fine but the background could perhaps be better without the gate there. With your EXIF you seem to have had a problem of available light. Your shutter speed is too low for hand-holding, especially with a FL of 105mm, you need to be at least at 1/150sec. for my money. I would also personally have used an aperture other than maximum as you can easily manage some differential focussing, albeit with a better background, with f8 given the FL in use. All that would ahve been required is a shift upwards with your ISO rating.

Marioks 8 3
4 Dec 2012 9:50AM
The lighting for me was very dificult indeed. Thank you very much for critique, next time I'll try to get closer to similar subjects and try not to mess up. Smile
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 6:42PM
All been said. You needed at leasr ISO 400 here to get an acceptable shutter speed. You have camera movement. Could have been quite a nice composition but eye contact would help.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
4 Dec 2012 7:03PM
Hi Marius,

All good feedback above. However, I am amazed you got any part of this cat sharp at all. If I took this with the same settings, it would be a very blurred cat, - so you do have steady hands, or used a support. But do consider that your MINIMUM speed for hand held shots, with a very steady hand, is 1/focal length at 35mm, to for this lens, its 1/105 * 1.6 = 1/180 or so. When using Aperture Priority, - which is the right thing to do here, just check the speed the camera has chosen for you, and if its too slow, then increase ISO until its in the right range, or open the aperture, - an option not available to you here.

So, for me a decent cat shot, needs some cropping to remove that bright area, and Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.

Hope this helps,


Marioks 8 3
5 Dec 2012 9:41AM
Thank you for critique. It means I do have a steady hand because I didn't use any support Smile Your comments were very helpful and I think will make me check these settings more carefully before taking a shot.


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