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By theyoungphotographer  
Model: My friend Rachel with Sam, my cat.

Rachel came over after school for awhile, and we took a few shots before her sister came to pick her up Smile

Tags: General Cat Girl Bokeh Portraits and people

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jamestheboy 8 447 5 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:52PM
I do like this one lovely photo well done

james Smile

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Quote:I do like this one lovely photo well done

james Smile

Thank you James Grin
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
11 Apr 2012 9:39PM
adorable image, .., spontaneous, very well lit and composed ;;
Lynamick 15 2 31 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 10:00PM
You have a very good image, but to my mind it is spoilt but a very distacting background. I have put up a mod with the background heavely blurd.
Hope that you can see what I mean.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3769 Canada
11 Apr 2012 10:19PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Madelyn, and to the Critique Gallery.

One thing to remember is to let us know your EXIF data or shot settings, - we can give a better critique that way.

I think this is a beautiful shot, and even without the shot settings, I can tell youve handled exposure very well, and used quite a large aperture to get that gorgeous Bokeh in the trees. I oove the Bokeh, though as you can see, not everyone does. Its not possible to obtain the type of blur in Michaels mod with your lens, - its only a post processing mod, as you would need a very long focal length to emulate this ins the camera. Its is a nice type of blur though thatcan work very well.

My suggestion, crop some of the right space away, it places your friend on a third, especially her eyes; the cat us amazingly sharp, - a little sharper than your firens, so the camera may have focused slightly in front of her, - but its possible to sharpen her face selectively in Photoshop to both are sharp.

Apart from that, - there are catchlights in her eyes, though theyre not bright, so you can enhance them by using a small 2 pixel white brush and just touching the existing catchlights.

Ive done this in the mod.

Good work,


KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
12 Apr 2012 7:21AM
You've already had some brilliant mods and critique, but for my 2p's worth, this is a gorgeous portrait!

I love the way you've captured Rachel looking at the camera and the cat looking off into the distance - you've left quite a lot of space on the right for the cat to look into, I think a little less (as in Willie's mod) improves the image. Both cat and model are beautiful and you've caught them brilliantly! Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1194 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 9:06AM
Very nice and well composed. No EXIF, but could do with girls eyes and cat sharp so smaller aperture - but you should always focus on the main subjects eyes. Just as you shoot, shout or whistle - this would be even better with the cat looking at the camera.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 12:52AM
I think you've done a good job here and Bokeh is lovely.
You've got the right idea about camera settings.
Well done.

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