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Pensive Patch.

By woodlandlad
A rare moment when my cat is actually still.
I know the fur is a litttle over exposed but was the best shot out of the series!

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 7:34AM
It's a super shot.
Davesumner 15 28 300 Australia
10 May 2012 7:45AM
Hi Mick,

Great capture with action and good focus, eyes look sharp and have a great colour. The Depth of field (DoF) also looks very goos with the background nicely blurred. Unfortunately it looks like that midday sun nthat takes no prisoners and in your case the cats white fur is overexposed and has lost some of its detail probably due to the spot metering picking up on some of the darker fur.

In a case like this especially when using spot metering, it is essential that you meter for the brighter areas in the image and lock your exposure before recomposing but I'm not sure how you would do this in a Lumix camera. It is always better to expose for the brighter highlights because once they are blown out, there is usually no detail to rescue. Also shooting in RAW can sometimes allow you to recover some data in post processing.

Hope this helps

10 May 2012 2:46PM
Thanks for the comments all. Will remember to expose for the highlights and then use good old photoshop to bring the shadows and mids back. I have a friend that keeps telling me to shoot RAW but I never listen to her! Think I might have to bite the bullet and get a larger SD card and start doing it !

Thanks again

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 4:16PM
So glad that Patch stayed still for a while, Mick, so that you could take this picture.
You have already pointed out the burn-out on the cat's belly. This is always a problem with animals that have contrasting colours on their fur. Otherwise, it's nice and sharp with good colour.
Patch isn't looking at you, and eye contact is always a bonus, but is looking upwards, so I feel that a bit more space at the top would provide an area for her to be looking into. I have done a modification where I cropped to just the head and added canvas to the top, ending with a square format. The only other thing I did was to run the Burn Tool over the white that remained in the bottom right corner.
10 May 2012 9:37PM
Thanks Pamela.
I love the square format, especially as I was torn between having the cats paw in or actually following the rule of thirds! Think the square format has more impact. Liking it!


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