Today’s selfies with the Kitties Blue are of one my favourite models, Chenzou from the Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe. He is a handsome white and black feline who loves being a ‘worker cat’ (pernament resident) at the cafe.
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!)
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 .
In Memoriam Jaya of @ShivaandJaya
We learned today of the loss of a friend. Jaya of @ShivaandJaya passed away from heart failure. The cats do not have a blog but have been an eccentric and cheeky part of our Twitter lives for a long time. I will miss
Both Shiva and Jaya have helped their mum through depression and PTSD so you can understand how much they are missed. Youngster Sparkle carries on the family tradition of support on their Twitter feed. If you are a Twitter user (even if it’s infrequently) please take a moment to send condolences.
Join the selfies with us
So, what do you think of our filtered selfies? Do you have a picture that surprised you with a filter? Let me know in the comments.