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Old Jul 16, 2010, 9:49 PM   #1
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Testing out my new camera. I've picked the best of a couple of shots I took around the house. I am a novice, but have thick skin and want to learn. I've always wanted to pick up photography as a hobby.

None of the pics are edited except to reduce the file size for upload. All were taken as large/fine JPEGs, not RAW.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 9:52 PM   #2
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Maybe I should have read the "Read before posting" thread before posting. I will see if I can edit the thread to meet the sticky thread parameters.
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 10:16 PM   #3
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I would have left a little more room under the kitty's jaw. But certainly close enough. Welcome.
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 10:22 PM   #4
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well done. it seems a bit foggy to me though. could be the lighting. id boost the contrast just a touch. Also, i think a camera angle taken from slightly lower down would have been more pleasing to the eye. keep trying!
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 12:45 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone. I didn't see any of the items you mentioned before posting, so it has helped me gauge my eye a little more.
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 1:18 PM   #6
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I think it's excellent. If I could have just one thing different, it would be to have framed the photo so there isn't that space in the upper left. Visually, what delights about this photo is the feel of endless "cat" beyond the focal point, and that little bit of non-cat in the corner kind of breaks the spell. Or so ISTM.
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 5:41 PM   #7
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lol... endless cat? what are you smokin?
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 1:05 PM   #8
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Here it is with simply a levels adjustment.
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 1:29 PM   #9
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In essence the shot is a good one, a little foggy, but the subjects face is pleasing to the eye.

The only flaw I can find is the amount of cat in the picture - there is rather a lot if it.

PersonallyI would have gone for a facial shot looking up towards the cat. That I could get the perspective of what a mouse, moth, etc, would see when a giant moggie is about to eat them for a snack.

BTW - I have phortographed plenty of cats over the years for a cat charity, and if I have learned one thing, it is, cats are the worst subject to try and manipulate. You managed to get a good shot of a cat. Congratulations! I've done it seven times in 10 years
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Looks good with the contrast levels like bmullen pumped in. I wonder what it would look like in a square frame without all that "endless cat"
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