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#19993 - 01/25/09 12:55 AM This one's for psmith
Jim Poor Offline
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From today's fund raiser.



I'll need to fix the lights of the store in his eyes and the gap in his hair from the collar, but I wanted to post a quickie.

I'm not very experienced with the cat side of the house, so all C&C are definitely welcome. Actively solicited even.
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#19994 - 01/25/09 03:31 AM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Jim Poor]
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Love it!

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#19995 - 01/25/09 05:16 AM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: psmith]
Buddy Thomason Offline
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That has the potential to be a dynamite portrait. How about burning the edges when you're done with the other fixes. The increased contrast would make for a stronger image. On the other hand, if 'soft' is the goal, your treatment is ideal. The eyes are terrific.
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#19996 - 01/25/09 04:52 PM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Buddy Thomason]
BIRDPOND Offline
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Loc: Atlanta GA
Wow.
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#19997 - 01/25/09 04:56 PM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Buddy Thomason]
Jim Poor Offline
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Do you mean the edges of the cat (never really thought of that, might be interesting) or the edges of the frame? I'm actually considering dodging the frame edges at the moment.

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That has the potential to be a dynamite portrait. How about burning the edges when you're done with the other fixes. The increased contrast would make for a stronger image. On the other hand, if 'soft' is the goal, your treatment is ideal. The eyes are terrific.


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#19998 - 01/25/09 05:20 PM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Jim Poor]
Julie Offline
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It is a beautiful portrait. I don't think I would burn the edges of this one though. If it were a darker color, then I probably would. Not the creamy color it is though
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#19999 - 01/25/09 05:36 PM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Julie]
Tony Bynum Offline
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i like it, fix the eyes and it's a done! to many distracting catch lights. I do like the pose and the exposure. . . well done. . .
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#20000 - 01/26/09 05:43 AM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Tony Bynum]
Buddy Thomason Offline
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Here is a comparison of the original and one possible edit outcome. Also, notice the left eye (our right) in both views. The fragmented catch lights don't bother me as much as the general appearance of the left eye in the original. I don't presume to know what the final image 'should' look like in terms of your artistic vision, Jim - nor do I have a good sense about what sells in the pet portrait world. So, my edit is strictly in the service of friendly discussion. When I mentioned burning the edges above I had in mind something like this - somewhat subtle but leaving the area around the cat a bit brighter as in a classic portrait presentation. The overall darkening of the image is, IMHO, a little easier on the eye. I bumped up the saturation of the blue in the eyes too. Regardless of what you do with it Jim, it's a lovely capture.

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#20001 - 01/26/09 11:29 AM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Buddy Thomason]
Jim Poor Offline
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Thanks Buddy. I like it. I had boosted the blues in the original at first, but didn't take the time to make it look natural, so I killed that layer. I'll definitely be working on that some more before the final version.

I think the overall darker look adds to the pastel feeling of the image too.

Thanks again,
Jim
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#20002 - 01/27/09 01:24 PM Re: This one's for psmith [Re: Jim Poor]
James Morrissey Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Jim,

Is this guy a snowshoe? Anyway, great photo. I prefer the first one to the second shot. I like the way the cat begins to blend into the white. I do agree with fixing the eyes if necessary.

James
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