A&P pet shots, C&C please

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  1. themolsen

    themolsen New Member

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    our yellow lab, Holly, and our aging cat, Zippy.

    I tried to capture the old age and sickness in the pictures of the cat. as sad as it is, he is an old and very wise cat and has been through a lot...(you can see his shaved arms from being in the hospital lately)...I wanted the shots to reflect that. the dog, on the other hand, is youthful (but lazy!)

    I don't really have much experience with pet portraits, or really any portraits, but I'm trying to learn. I was just using one flash (sb400 reflected off very high ceilings and sometimes a wall) + a little ambient light for these shots. Please let me know how I can improve on composition and lighting for these shots. I don't post pictures on OTAP very often, but I would really appreciate input from some folks who know what they're talking about

    also, if you hate the vignetting, let me know that too! i sort of went overboard with it on some of these shots but i thought it fit the mood. i know how OT feels about vignetting so i'm prepared for the ensuing rape..

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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Aw kittah aww

    Aw doggah aww


    Nice pics!
     
  3. johan

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    3 and 5 are great. The cat looks weary, yet dignified. Nicely shown.

    Good work.
     
  4. themolsen

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    thanks.

    what other sort of ways could I compose these shots? I tried a mix of getting down low and coming down from above....what else can I do? Try to get various responses out of the dog like a head tilt?
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    I really like numbers 1 and 5.. I don't really like the angle of looking down on animals.. It's much more interesting if you are at their level
     
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    I like the first one, you can see the age in his eyes. You might actually want to crop the bottom out, it doesn't add too much to the picture.
     
  7. SugarCoatedSour

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    Your cat rules. :bowdown:

    Kittah is not amused :rofl:
     

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