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Adam2 by Carolina-Hearts

I apologize in advance – this might sting a little. I'll start with what you got right. The pose is suitably casual, and having your mo...

3am on a Spanish Mountainside by icmb94
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Overall, a well-executed, dramatic low-key shot. Given your constraints (lack of a tripod and high ISO setting on the camera), I'd say ...

I'm going dark for a few weeks. Got company coming over to stay with us and I'm scrambling to finish renovating the kitchen. I'll see you guys in August.

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Stephen Caissie
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daydream-photography Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry if I'm asking too much of you, but I love all your help so far! I just uploaded a new photo that I quite like. Its called "Cleopatra". Mind seeing what you think of it?

~Thanks
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SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm reminded of a parody I saw once, of a key sequence in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dave has made it to Saturn and is in the EV pod approaching the monolith, only the monolith is emblazoned with the words, "TEH INTERNETS" in a handwritten scrawl. Instead of his iconic line, Dave mutters, "My god, it's full of cats!" as he dives in. Imagine a scene comprised of cat GIFs that have been stretched out in exaggerated perspective and mirrored left and right, and zooming towards the camera.

The shot is technically proficient: you have her near eye in focus, and just enough depth of field to capture the important elements to show us that, yes, this is a cat. The background is blurred out to the point of irrelevance, which is also good, and there's a nice balance of positive and negative space.

Unfortunately, that's about it. What's missing, and what would really elevate this above the approximately ten quizillion pictures of cats on the web right now would be a glimpse at her personality. Does she do anything that you've never seen or heard of another cat doing? Does she take naps in unusual places, or drink water from odd nooks? For that matter, does she eat weird things sometimes? (I had a cat once who actually liked eating fruit, and my neighbour's cat loves munching on dragonflies when she can catch them.)

Have a look at this shot:

.: it's weekend - chilling time :. by WhiteSpiritWolf

and consider some of the decisions that the photographer made in creating this image. There are other shots of the same cat in her gallery that are nothing special. What sets this one apart is that she's managed to capture the unique personality of this cat, in its native environment.

Here's one I took of my cat, whose main characteristic is her quivering fear of absolutely everything: www.flickr.com/photos/stephenc…

So what's unique about Cleopatra? Find that and capture it.
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daydream-photography Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for all the time you put in for helping me! I am glad that the photo is technically okay, because the creative part is fun to work on
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daydream-photography Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just uploaded some new work and used some of your tips..mind having a look?
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shobonimaster Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch. 
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sfoisy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch. :)
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SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
We Canadians have to stick together, I figure.
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sfoisy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is true, where abouts in this great country do you hail from?

I live in Edmonton, but am from around the Lake Ontario region. 
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SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Born in Hamilton, but I've been living in Toronto for the last 14 years now.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Thank you very much for the :+devwatch:  
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