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Re: Here's Itchy! [Re: pilotgrl] #19191
12/16/08 09:49 PM
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But do they have their own show?

Re: Here's Itchy! [Re: pilotgrl] #19192
12/16/08 09:59 PM
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I played with this one for a while. Some of the things said were done. I like the pose and the angle of his/her head. I would guess him but not sure!

I will be posting an image with natural window light that you might want to try. I love that type of light but it need a bit more kicker reflected back. Get yourself some white foam board or mylar reflector. I did not use it on this shot but it could have used one. Sometimes when our own animals are around, running for reflectors just loses the look we want.



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Re: Here's Itchy! [Re: Peggy Sue] #19193
12/17/08 11:28 AM
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Thanks, PeggySue. Yup, he's a "he." (a big old mushy "he," actually.)

I like the crop, background and, particularly, the vignette (need to get better at this). Softening the catchlights is cool, too. How did you do that? I'm not sure what happened to the image quality, though. It looks rather contrasty and he's got a halo around his ears. Could this be because you were working with a JPG? I appreciate the help!

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12/17/08 11:30 AM
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LOL Jim, they sure did at one time. And, true to form, they're really good a smacking each other around. They're great cats, although Scratchy's quite the diva. She's all black, so I'm having trouble with image exposures. I'll try to post one of her soon, though.

Re: Here's Itchy! [Re: pilotgrl] #19195
12/17/08 01:35 PM
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I tried to give myself a challenge to see if I could get a bit more of an angle on the lighting. So the catch light is painted in. I also painted out your light that was in the middle of the pupil.
I agree with the quality of the image. Sometimes it is like the old saying that it takes two people to paint a watercolor. One to paint it and one to shoot them before they over work it.
I use that same phrase when it comes to PS. I played toooo much! Not because jpeg but I also did try to reduce the size and resend it back to my host. The more I fudged around with it made it worse. So I just let you see how it went so far.
I did try the Render filter that has lighting techniques. I have always had great hopes for that filter but it never really lives up to my wishes. Only in something that is well lit can I get a neat result from that. Flat lighting is just that = flat. Your design of the cat position is enough for me to want to play. If you give it a try - lets see your attempts at playing.
Good luck


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