Today’s selfies with the Kitties Blue are of one of my favourite models, Chenzou from the Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe. He is a handsome white and black feline who loves being a ‘worker cat’ (permanent resident) at the cafe and is enjoying some cat filter fun.
The selfie is actually one of my first experiments using camera raw. The original picture came out very dark. I had tried manual and didn’t get my settings right, so Chenzou’s ‘raw’ photograph had to be sharpened and brightened using Affinity.
Thanks to Erin and Mark of Erin the Cat Princess for bringing Affinity to my attention. The program is perfect for bloggers and does everything I need and more for a one-off payment (without the expense of Photoshop!)
Chenzou the Abstract Cat Wash
I did not have to do too much work adjusting the raw for the selfie but I removed some of the heavier shadows and sharpened the fur texture.
Chenzou looks almost like an abstract painting, so I decded to add a few filters to see how they might look. As well as my favourite Lyrical Abstraction I added two more. All three are from Photo Lab.
The Pentagon Filter
This looks spiky and almost unrecognisable.
Living in the Moment
The second filter ‘Living in the Moment’ has the feel of an old print and makes Chenzou look almost frosty. I will try this filter on other images to see how it changes colours as well as shades of black and white.
Favourite Filter – Lyrical Abstraction
I have used this filter before. I like its strong colours and the way it picks up on different elements, making them slightly abstract .
So, what do you think of our cat wash filter selfies? Do you have a picture that surprised you with a filter? Let me know in the comments.