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Mar 30, 2011 16:35 |  #1

Thanks for looking! I'm pretty new to this photography thing so i'd appreciate any help :)

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Mar 30, 2011 17:31 |  #2

My advice: narrow the aperture and increase the depth of field on all these. Use a tripod, or increase the ISO if you have to, a greater depth of field is worth the price of slight graininess.

Also, on photo #1, you probably want to set the white balance on your camera to the light bulb. Play around with that until what seems white to your eye seems white to your camera. Other than that, you got the focus on the eye, which is good, but it might be more dramatic if the camera had been at eye level with the cat.

#2 I like quite a bit, quite moody. My only CC is to consider the focal point a bit more, and increase the DOF to get both flowers in focus.

#3 the biggest concern is making sure the center of the flower is in focus.


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Mar 30, 2011 18:06 |  #3

Thanks! it's true that i've been terrified of increasing the ISO.. I think i also need continuous work on actually getting things in focus...


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Mar 30, 2011 18:37 |  #4

Whether you indented to or not #2 is a very nice image. The soft focus goes very well with the B&W conversion, the gentle light and the delicacy of the flowers. All I would do is get rid of that stem that's poking up in the foreground. Doing anything else to that photo would ruin the dreamy state you've created.

As for the other 2. #1 is soft and your white balance is off. Trying to hand hold is at 1/30th a sec is really hard if you don't have good hand holding technique.

#3 Looks like the focus landed on the leaves on the upper edge. Are you choosing which focus point or use or are you letting the camera guess where it should focus?


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Mar 30, 2011 18:43 |  #5

crashthenet44 wrote in post #12127355 (external link)
Whether you indented to or not #2 is a very nice image. The soft focus goes very well with the B&W conversion, the gentle light and the delicacy of the flowers. All I would do is get rid of that stem that's poking up in the foreground. Doing anything else to that photo would ruin the dreamy state you've created.

As for the other 2. #1 is soft and your white balance is off. Trying to hand hold is at 1/30th a sec is really hard if you don't have good hand holding technique.

#3 Looks like the focus landed on the leaves on the upper edge. Are you choosing which focus point or use or are you letting the camera guess where it should focus?

Thanks for your comments!
I generally choose the focus point, and i definitely did that with #3, but i think i was too close to the subject. i was using a 50/1.4, and the picture is not cropped.


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Mar 30, 2011 20:18 |  #6

I think that 1 is a little underexposed, and a white balance shift is needed. I wish that the left eye was in focus as well.
2 I like, I would encourage you to clone out that vertical stem that is oof in foreground, and maybe make it a bit lighter
3 Im not crazy about this one, the dof seems to be wrong, and the crop or angle is just a little common looking. You are on the right track though. Keep Shooting
My cat looks just like yours. Mine is a bad pic, but just to show you that they look very much alike!

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Mar 30, 2011 20:30 |  #7

SmilingFox wrote in post #12128002 (external link)
I think that 1 is a little underexposed, and a white balance shift is needed. I wish that the left eye was in focus as well.
2 I like, I would encourage you to clone out that vertical stem that is oof in foreground, and maybe make it a bit lighter
3 Im not crazy about this one, the dof seems to be wrong, and the crop or angle is just a little common looking. You are on the right track though. Keep Shooting
My cat looks just like yours. Mine is a bad pic, but just to show you that they look very much alike!

awwww but he is posing and being all cutesy!!
#1 isn't my cat.. i've been thinking about adopting her, but shes young and a bit big on play aggression, doesn't get along with other cats.. etc. i was bleeding from a couple of spots after playing with her for a while. she doesn't swat, but nips quite a bit. i'd love to take her in and make it work, but i don't know if i have the confidence to do it..

as for cloning out the stem, i have absolutely no experience with post processing. i sure will try it once i learn the art!

Thanks for your comments :)


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Mar 30, 2011 20:54 |  #8

My cat spends most of his time on his back, looking for a good petting. He was a stray at my in-laws' house in Missouri. They had him a while and a few months later, when we went to visit, we had to bring him home with us to TX, on a 12hr drive.
With young cats, you never know how much they are going to tame down as they get older. Or at least that has been my experience with them. Good luck on making your decision.


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Mar 30, 2011 21:04 |  #9

SmilingFox wrote in post #12128182 (external link)
My cat spends most of his time on his back, looking for a good petting. He was a stray at my in-laws' house in Missouri. They had him a while and a few months later, when we went to visit, we had to bring him home with us to TX, on a 12hr drive.
With young cats, you never know how much they are going to tame down as they get older. Or at least that has been my experience with them. Good luck on making your decision.

he sounds like a sweetheart :)
i'll let you know if i adopt her - i bet i will go crazy taking pictures of her and will spam the board :D


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