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Old Dec 15, 2006, 9:00 PM   #1
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Ok don't be gentle give it to me. Am I getting it I think I have the catch lights I was going after and my focus seems to be on at least in my eyes.

Please really give it to me. I figure if I can get the pets maybe I will eventually understand it with people

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50 mm f 1.7 iso 100, manual, shutter 1/20 and no flash, white balance set to tungsten


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Old Dec 18, 2006, 10:17 AM   #2
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Hi Sneezy,

Cute cat. The colors and lighting seem to be good. I think the shallow depth of field hurt this shot a bit. the nose is sharp but the ears and back of his head are out of focus. I also feel that the crop is a little tight, with the top of the ears chopped off.

I know that the low light, and slow shutter speed (and the fact you can't keep a cat from moving:G) were also factors here.

If you don't have a flash or don't want to use one for this type of shot, I would try bumping the ISO up about 2-3 stops and close theaperture a coupleof stops and maybe one stop faster in the shutter.

Hope this helped a bit.

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 3:47 PM   #3
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When you are taking any animal shots you really have to get those eyes in focus even at the expense of the nose when you are working with a narrow DOF
In a cat there is not that much detail in the nose and you can get away with a little OOF there if you have to. I think a little bounced flash would have helped here.
Nice cat BTW
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 6:05 PM   #4
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Thank you that's just what I needed. I thought the eyes might look just a little soft. I wasn't sure. I did get some catchlights which is a first

I was in really close because I was using the little light I had in my room. I'll move out a little more and raise the ISO on the next try.

Thank you very very much!
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I imagine autofocus is going to find the nose, in this situation. The other thought (to repeat) is I couldn't get a really sharp hand-held at 1/20. I'd not go below 1/60, myself.
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Old Dec 22, 2006, 9:29 AM   #6
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If you want harsh, try photosig.com (see my link).

This shot shows lots of promise. Good lighting and DOF.

To make it better:
- don't cut off the poor cat's ears
- use a slightly greater DOF so that the cat's face is not out of focus (especially the eyes, nose, mouth).
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Old Dec 22, 2006, 11:24 PM   #7
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Thank you! I really appreciate the comments!
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Old Dec 24, 2006, 5:48 AM   #8
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Convention is that the eyes are the subject in a portrait and should always (for what that's worth) be in focus. I personally would avoid cutting off body parts but the current vogue is for lopping off tops of heads and shooting at angles.

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