For the last 20 years I have shared my life with Birman Cats, a pedigree breed that is particularly affectionate and quite photogenic. Last Xmas I got myself a new kitten as a companion to my older cat Taz. Cognac joined the household and bought his own special charm and abundance of energy into our lives.
He turned 1 in Sept and has matured into a handsome boy, still has another year to go before he is completely grown up and I wanted to capture some images in some nice afternoon light we had today.
I recently took advantage of an amazing 5Day Deal that had loads of ebooks and videos by a number of noteable professional photographers and have been spending much time reading and absorbing all the good stuff.
One book talked about the impact a subject has if you shoot with a really wide open aperture and go in close, so it seemed like a good opportunity to dust off my trusty 50mm F1.8 lens and have a play. Something like this image or these BW images
All these images are shot handheld, with ISO200 as it was a little dim inside, utilising the afternoon light, and keeping at eye level (or slightly lower) and going in as close as I could, focussing on the eyes.
The shot above was the closest I got to that really ‘there’ feeling with the very narrow DOF and lots of softness around the edges. Slightly enhanced in LR 🙂 There is a fine hair right under his eye but my PS skills are not good enough to remove it and I didn’t see it at the time which is a bit annoying.
These shots were taken as he sat on the arm of the sofa, in very even indirect light. Then we moved to the floor for some quality bath time in a beam of sunlight and here I was hoping for a nice action shot, and this was the best capture.
I like how the warmer light picks up all the shades of brown in the fur around his face really nicely and also highlights his amazing whiskers and eyebrows 🙂
And finally a not very sharp image but makes up for it by being amusing – I caught this yawn at full stretch
Compare these images above taken with intent to aim for a particular style with this image I took of Taz below from several years ago.
Has my technique improved? While I am aiming for a particular style, do you like it?