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Crouching Feline, Hidden Kitties!
Posted By: cputeq, 07-07-2008, 07:10 AM

Neighbor's kittnes playing in my driveway. Most shot with the DA 50-135.









The Claw!




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07-07-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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Too cute. I love the claw... just having the kitties profile on the top left makes the shot

Really gotta look at the larger size tho!
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I so much want this lenses

so much

Its great sharp, clear clear and crisp


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I am not a cat person at all - but kittens are cute and you did a great job showing their playfulness.

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Thanks everyone

These cats were very hard to catch in action. I was lying flat on the driveway pretty close to get a near full frame shot, and the striped cat would *not* sit still! She kept running around, chasing birds, jumping on kittens. I couldn't manage a jump shot, but I did get the claw shot which I like


And yes, the 50-135 performed great. I had a couple of shots slightly underexposed, but that was from having metering in matrix and getting some bright reflection from the driveway I think. These were all in-camera JPEG.

Most shots just touched up with a short run through noise ninja (many were at ISO 800) to smooth out the bokeh noise and simutaneously add a little sharpen to the hair and whiskers.
I also bumped up the "clarity" slider in ACR just slightly.

I think I only had to touch the saturation on a single picture, and contrast remained mostly untouched.
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Nice work ... kittens are hard to shoot ... mine are too quick usually ... or they are locked together play-fighting. They are a great subject to shoot though.

I have been trying to get shots of them all curled up together with the border collie the other day ... our black kitten was asleep on the dogs head while the other one was curled up into her belly ... would have been a cute shot.

And i missed the other day when the dog was cleaning the cat and vice versa. Always the way ... I keep missing the best shots
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I really like the 2nd and last shots. Great captures. The claw is excellent!! Not much of a cat person either but this is a great series!
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I really like the 2nd and last shots. Great captures. The claw is excellent!! Not much of a cat person either but this is a great series!
Thanks! I'm not much of a cat person myself - we have one cat that my wife wanted. I tolerate her.

But, it takes a cold cold heart not to at least enjoy other peoples' cats playing

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Nice work ... kittens are hard to shoot ... mine are too quick usually ... or they are locked together play-fighting. They are a great subject to shoot though.
Yeah they're certainly difficult to shoot when they're playing - very fast. I took a lot of them locked together also, play-fighting. I thought they would be okay images but once I looked at them, not very intersting...just claws and ears and fur

If I can get one in mid-air, I'll be happy. We'll see, I may have to go burst mode and a wider angle and just crop in.

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Precious!!

Hi Cputeq!

Those are SOOOO cute! I also liked your description of how you got down on the driveway to take them. Great job!

That last grey kitty reminds me very much of my very first cat.
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Great shots u have^^ But I find them a little too sharp for me, as the fur stands out too much^^; Since u are using noise ninja, try doing this;

1. Duplicate layer for the orginal.
2. Set opacity 38% on top layer.
3. Apply top layer with noise ninja.
4. If u find the sharpness is not enough, set opacity to 68%.

Hope my worthless 2cents comments will be of use to u^^;
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Great shots, really like the whole lot.

in the words of my brother:

"I love cats but I can never finish a whole one"
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Fantastic series! Really great work. ...and you can follow the precedent set by others , they don't have to be your pet to share in the 'Pet A Day' thread!
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Great shots, really like the whole lot.

in the words of my brother:

"I love cats but I can never finish a whole one"
Next time he says that tell him, "That's what Tupperware is for."
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Soooo cute. Great 4th shot.
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Excellent series!
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