Our first Thankful Thursday post of 2020 and we are celebrating the arrival of summer here in New Zealand. Our summer holidays have just finished and it’s back to work at Dash Kitten.
The pictures are ones I am thankful for and they are featured here as part of Brian’s weekly hop. I want to share them because we are so used to seeing the whole of a cat face, they show an unusual tuxedo cat portrait idea.
It’s an unsettled summer with cooler temperatures but I am still managing to take some great pictures to share, including these cute photo captures of Natasha, our ‘oh dear did I lose ANOTHER collar?’ cat. Her habit is losing collars is getting quite expensive.
In a way, this is a mini photo workshop lesson because it shows a different way to present a tuxedo cat portrait. This is definitely a ‘think different’ post!
A Tuxedo Portrait Challenge
The opportunity seemed right to take an unusual tuxedo cat portrait after looking at some inspiring photographers online and some tutorial videos.
In these photos, Natasha was peeping through the trellis at the top of next door’s painted fence. I could not see cat whiskers or cat ears but decided to take some pictures anyway. She is quite high up and so getting close was a bit of a challenge. At one point I just held up the camera and hoped!
When I downloaded them to my computer I decided to crop them and focus attention on Natasha’s face. The original picture showed a lot of boring fence, so cropping seemed like a good idea.
If you are not sure you like a photo, or you feel it doesn’t seem to ‘work’. Make a duplicate copy and experiment on the copy.
Try cropping using the Rule of Thirds, or create a square. Then assess the impact of your changes. Don’t be afraid to change things, you are working on a copy and you can also ‘undo‘.
- TIP: Command or Control D creates a duplicate but check your operating system to make sure.
What do you think of the cheeky miss peeping through the fence?