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    This is my father in-laws cat. Somewhat on the big boned side She was resting on the table soaking up the sun that came through the window. This is what I was trying to capture.
    Any comments if it worked (or not) or what I could have done better is very much appreciated.



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    This is a darling picture. Focus is right on. I would crop the top to the ear tip and the right side, maybe cutting out all of the paw.
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    Dave, the capture itself is great. You certainly caught her in a moment of relaxation and contentment. Are you using a program that will allow you to play with the white balance? The whole photo has a gold cast. Understanding you were catching the sunlight, I'm just thinking that it might be toned down a bit to bring back more of the pet's actual colour. Using the white picker in levels might work, too. Just take that suggestion with a grain or salt; I could be missing the whole idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maritimer1 View Post
    Dave, the capture itself is great. You certainly caught her in a moment of relaxation and contentment. Are you using a program that will allow you to play with the white balance? The whole photo has a gold cast. Understanding you were catching the sunlight, I'm just thinking that it might be toned down a bit to bring back more of the pet's actual colour. Using the white picker in levels might work, too. Just take that suggestion with a grain or salt; I could be missing the whole idea
    Thank you Myra. I have changed the white balance to what I hope shows more of the tabby colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludwig View Post
    This is a darling picture. Focus is right on. I would crop the top to the ear tip and the right side, maybe cutting out all of the paw.
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    I'd hafta disagree with that crop suggestion. You lose all the sunlight. Plus I think it's the total mass of the (fat ) cat balanced on the edge that makes it a great shot.

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    Thank you Ludwig for the idea, but I do agree with Chris. Thank you both for looking and commenting

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    I am no pro...just know what I like and I like this shot. Agree with you and Chris regarding not cropping...I love "size" of the cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flurry View Post
    I am no pro...just know what I like and I like this shot. Agree with you and Chris regarding not cropping...I love "size" of the cat
    Thank you. She is a big girl, but still comes back with a mouse or two apparently. I think she pinches them off her slim sister that lives with her lol.

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    Re: Contented

    Tried a b&w of this.............. Yes or no?

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    Hi Dave, I liked the original, but yes, definitely "Yes"

    It still tells the story of basking in sunlight and is a simpler composition

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    Yup- the B&W is very nice

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    Dave, I'd have to give this one a big "Yes". And for the reasons Dave H. cited.

    If I had to suggest something, it would be possibly easing off the brightness on the forward-facing ear and maybe lifting the shadows a bit on the camera left side of her face. Hoping to reduce the prominence of the ear and and increase the prominence of her eyes/face in relation. And hopefully making the face/eyes even more of a focal point in the image.

    I like the color version but this one sings to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    Dave, I'd have to give this one a big "Yes". And for the reasons Dave H. cited.

    If I had to suggest something, it would be possibly easing off the brightness on the forward-facing ear and maybe lifting the shadows a bit on the camera left side of her face. Hoping to reduce the prominence of the ear and and increase the prominence of her eyes/face in relation. And hopefully making the face/eyes even more of a focal point in the image.

    I like the color version but this one sings to me!

    Thank you very much Dave and Chris

    Terry. Thank you for your input. I have (I think?) done what you suggested. Any better? one must go from my flikr

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    Original with Terry's touch....
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    I myself like what you suggested and think it works on the picture. I have tried to be subtle, but sometime go to far. Is the second one ok?
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    I'd have to give it another big "Yes" Dave!

    I don't think you have overdone it at all.

    Nicely worked, sir.

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    Ok. I'll keep that one Terry. Thanks for the help.

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