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Old Aug 30, 2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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I took this image of one of our three cats, Gracie earlier this year. I was using a suggestion I read about where the author emphasized the focus on the eyes...i.e. no matter what else was out of focus, keep the eyes in focus. I'm interested to hear your thoughts. K10D...do not recall the lens.
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I like the eye being in focus, but it takes me a while to find it. I would crop the photo more so more of the eye is in the image. Or, it's more centered or, if you can, give her more place to look so your eye is drawn to where she's looking and then to her eye.

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I found the eye catching my attention right away as it is sharp and well focused.

I agree with Patty, that more space in front of the cat would make the image more pleasing by giving the cat a place to be looking toward.

Cute cat!

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Hi jelpee,

A very Nice portrait of Gracie!!!

I agree with the principle of the eye focus thing, but my 3 cats rarely give me a chance anymore. I've taken so many test shots with them over the past 10 years that they all now totally refuse to cooperate. . . I really don't blame them. . . I don't think I've gotten a good shot of any of them for the last 3 years!

Composing so that the subject is looking into the frame is something that I also try to conform to, but birds and long teles usually means that I can get away with just centering the subject and finalizing the composition with cropping since I have to crop for printing anyway.

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Old Aug 30, 2009, 5:40 PM   #6
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It's a great shot, and I agree that if there were a bit more grass on the left side of the frame, that would improve the composition a bit.
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Thanks all for your feedback..now that you mention the issue of the cat looking into the frame, I see how it could look heaps better.

Scott, getting cats to pose is quite the challenge especially when they are affectionate and insist on approaching you as you crouch down low to get the shot.

Gracie was a stray that adopted us. She walked in our door 10 years ago and decided this was where she wanted to stay. They say "a cat is a cat, and that's that"!
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Gracie was a stray that adopted us. She walked in our door 10 years ago and decided this was where she wanted to stay. They say "a cat is a cat, and that's that"!
They also say "Dogs have owners -- Cats have staff." -- easily my favorite pet quote. . . and it couldn't be more true -- at least in my house!

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Terrific focus on Gracie's eye, she looks lovely.

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Great shot of a very cute subject! Would agree that giving her some space to look into would make it even better.
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