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Old Nov 11, 2006, 12:53 AM   #11
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I find the sunlit bright background a little distracting, but sure your cat is cute and knows how to pose. Nice picture.
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Nice capture Donna! Looks like a happy cat. Jim
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 1:20 AM   #13
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Nice pictures Donna. By the look in her eyes, she really believes the sentiment expressed by Ted "cats have servants"
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Good exposure on the cat, and a nice looking 'critter' indeed.

But I, also, have a hard time with the super-bright, super saturated background... especially the first one.... that really hurts my eyes on this monitor, (although on something less bright and contrasty it probably wouldn't be as painful).
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 7:49 AM   #15
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Thanks guys for all comments. Maybe the background is distracting...I kind of thought it set her black fur off...guess it is a matter of taste. I suspect in metering for her I compromised the background. donna
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Nice photos and what a cutie!!! i know my dog is scared to death of cats....
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 4:09 PM   #17
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Liked your cat pix. I, personally, did not find the background distracting...in fact, found the contrast between the black and the gold intriguing (as you say, it's a matter of personal preference). Cat well exposed and sharply focussed. A very difficult situation, well handled. Tough to maintain texture& proper exposure in a black subject against bright backlighting...plus...pets, like grandchildren, won't sit still for more than about two nanoseconds! Meanwhile, as a novice, I would appreciate comments and advice on an approach I have tried to a somewhat similar situation by setting -2.0 EV to suppress the background, fill flash to -1/3EV so as to allow the ambient light to overcome the "straight-on " light from the flash and try to maintain texture. A couple of examples. (Sorry about the absence of paragraphs-this site does not support Mac formatting commands). First shot with FZ50:
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 4:11 PM   #18
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Second with Canon A610 in which I wanted to almost eliminate the background in order to get a kind of silhouette:
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PS. My son & daughter-in-law's cat is also a "Bootsie".
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 4:29 PM   #20
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Both are very nice. The second seems a bit softer than the first. But in a portrait, you don't always want a hard look. I am a beginner too and though I know most of the basics I often wing it...For some reason I always want to shot my pictures wide open, guess I like the DOF or lack there of, it seems to me to make the subject more important.

But again, I really liked them both. Donna
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