This is a portrait of Sienna the tortoiseshell cat and it is also a tribute to Binga at Sparklecat a wonderful tortie who would have been 21 this year.
Sienna was adopted as a four-month-old kitten and is now one of our elder ‘statescats’ in the family although you would not realise it to look at her. She is lively, fun-loving and a real daddy’s girl.
What Did I Do To Get This Photo?
This cat portrait of Sienna was taken on a sunny late afternoon. Even though it’s winter here in New Zealand (August), the temperature is warm enough to be a British spring and the light is bright enough to bring out the lighter touches in Sienna’s tortoishell fur.
When you try an outdoor or catio portrait, try to take your photograph earlier or later in the day so you can achieve the same soft shadows but still keep some of the brightness that brings out fur colour. Mid day will give you strong shadows and unless you aim for this kind of extreme cat photo drama you might want to wait, or take photos in a shady area. You will still get a lot of brightness so it is well worth experimenting.
A Filter For The Portrait of Sienna The Tortoiseshell
I am using a new sharpening filter this week. It is a tool that I had not had much success with before called the High Pass filter.
But, it has made a real difference this time and I will write about the High Pass filter this coming week on the blog to show you what I mean. Like many adjustments, it may not look like much on its own but the subtle adjustments can be the most effective and do the most good.
New Zealand is having fun with Covid19 and is under strict lockdown, but even the foolish anti-vaxxers are staying home. More and more people are getting their vaccines which is awesome and will help us beat this thing!
Have a good and fun week and see if you can find out about High Pass filters in your own photo software!