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Old February 25th, 2011, 03:54 PM
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Two portraits of our tomcat. He can be sweet, but this is not always the case...


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Old February 25th, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Michael,

I think you might agree your cats looks better centered as the stars of the show.

This one is my favorite. I like the rendering of the detail from nose and fur to eyes and expression.





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Old February 26th, 2011, 01:16 AM
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Asher,

In the first one, I also wanted to express the cat feeling of superiority (cats know that they are superior ). This is the reason why I chose the different angle and favored the higher position of his face.

Here is one more, taken a few seconds before your above favorite:

Abwartend - click for large version.

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Old February 26th, 2011, 04:06 AM
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Michael, these are wonderful photos of a wonderful animal. I think you have captured the relaxed and confident feline attitude of superiority well.

A lady friend convinced me years ago that my life would be better if it included a cat, so she rounded up a stray and voila, I was scooping litter the next day. Amazing. The lady and I eventually went our separate ways, but the cat remained in my house for twelve years and was a great companion.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:32 PM
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Tom, thanks. Yes, cats are wonderful companions. But there are always two sides - they can be sweet, but beneath the soft surface you find that the predator is well present.

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Old May 13th, 2012, 12:52 AM
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Haha, these pictures scream "don't mess with me, buddy"! Great looking cat, thanks for sharing these.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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I would not mess with him. When he does not like to be touched or carried, he will warn you (audibly) once. When you do not act accordingly, there will be a simulated attack. You will feel it, it will hurt, but not harm you. I never tried beyond that point...

He did not have an easy life in his early years, so this is understandable. He already softened a bit. Before he skipped step one and the simulated attack was pretty rough.

This is an older picture of him. Just look at the eyes...



A peaceful one for a change:



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Great forum, I like to solve many problems




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Old June 2nd, 2012, 10:24 AM
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You solve problems? That's the job of the moderators here! You're banned!

Sorry Nelson, back to you and your great presence!

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Old June 4th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Asher - thanks.

Back on topic:



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Old December 29th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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A recent one:





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Old June 4th, 2013, 03:56 PM
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Another recent one:




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Old June 4th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Another recent one:




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Anyone wanted to excel at portraiture would do well to start here! no9t only do these pictures create for us a personality to be respected and admired, but the form is built and delivered with the added expression of the beauty of respect for living things.

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Old June 5th, 2013, 03:02 PM
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Asher,

Thanks - I just tried to portray him in a proper way and he was OK with me and the camera close to him.

This is not always the case:




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Old June 16th, 2013, 02:53 PM
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Preparing for a nap:



Example for a series without prior planning, it just happened.

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Old June 16th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Michael, I'm beginning to think that with cats and kids you get the best results without planning, just following their flow and trying to keep up (formal studio portraits for the mantelpiece are another thing, of course). I like his eyes in the napping series, how they go from "full alert, not a step closer mister" to "dreamyland, here I come". Nice.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Michael, this last sequence of images of a cat just about to sleep, really engages. Nice one...
I would balance the exposure of the first image in keeping with the rest. It needs a 1/2 stop more, I guess...
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Old June 16th, 2013, 04:15 PM
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Jarmo - thanks. It was good that he did not let himself get too distracted by my presence.

Paul - thanks - I thought of it, but a simple correction would IMHO not have been sufficient as the tablecloth would become bright enough to be really distracting - a little more work is required to avoid this. The fact that his face is darker in the first one has something of hiding behind the corner...

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Old June 17th, 2013, 03:33 AM
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Can you not selectively 'dodge' the cat? Anyway, it's a nice little series...
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Old June 21st, 2013, 12:27 AM
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Thanks. I can and might do one day

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Old June 21st, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Michael,
I should see if my cats are as tolerant as Nelson...they haven't been in the past.
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Jarmo and Michael,

As you both like cats, you may be interested in this old post.

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:55 PM
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Winston,

Thanks! Nelson is not always tolerant - I just have a lot of patience
Try - the more often you do, the more used to it your cats might become...

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Stuart,

Thanks - this is an enjoyable thread.

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A surprised look from today:


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Old July 14th, 2014, 01:09 PM
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Sure, you should not mess with him...





Let him sleep peacefully...





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Thanks, nice to see good old Nelson is doing so well. What do you feed him? Postmen, moose and engine oil? That's one tough looking cat!
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Asher,

In the first one, I also wanted to express the cat feeling of superiority (cats know that they are superior ). This is the reason why I chose the different angle and favored the higher position of his face.

Here is one more, taken a few seconds before your above favorite:

Abwartend - click for large version.


Michael,

Thanks for this exceptional portrait. A great ambassador for all felines!

Horatio Nelson need brocade, medals and uniform made by many artisans to appear as aristocratic and significant!

Your Nelson, however, does all this and more with just posture, attitude and knowledge of his status in the realm.

I hate to ask about lenses, but this is so beautifully sharp and creamy smooth! This is outstanding portraiture.

A very minor consideration - perhaps the reflection and contrast of Nelson's left eye could be upped a tad. What do you think?

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Old July 14th, 2014, 02:22 PM
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Hi Jarmo,
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Thanks, nice to see good old Nelson is doing so well. What do you feed him? Postmen, moose and engine oil? That's one tough looking cat!
Yes. he is doing well - thanks! Well, it is none of the above, he likes good cat food and he likes also to taste what we eat.

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Old July 14th, 2014, 02:29 PM
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I hate to ask about lenses, but this is so beautifully sharp and creamy smooth! This is outstanding portraiture.
Thank you! It is this astonishingly small lens.
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A very minor consideration - perhaps the reflection and contrast of Nelson's left eye could be upped a tad. What do you think?
Your take - I prefer it this way as a brighter reflection would divert attention from the eye itself...

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