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Challenge: Darkness III (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha a6500
Date: Jan 28, 2018
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2018

[Feb. 4th, 2018 08:47:01 PM]

People get rather irritated with my cat/bird/squirrel photos. But realize that I've lost my models (especially when my husband is out of town.) So it's either Moriarty or me. And, believe me, you'd much rather have photos of Mo!!!

Cats really do add an extra degree of difficulty, especially if you're trying specialized lighting! You try putting a snooted light on an animal who WONT stay where you place him! Every time you get the light placed exactly where you want it, he decides to move. Usually any shot with Mo takes at least 40-50 shot minimum to get.

I tried playing around with this tutorial: Beam of light: take and make great photos with Gavin Hoey

I wasn't able to get the slit for multiple reasons -- but I did extend the snoot to try to get a smaller beam. I do want to play with this more and even try to get some spray fog or something to get the feeling of light rays or dust mites or something. I'd love to be able to create some interesting scenes.

Thanks to Mo -- and thanks for the comments. And triple thanks for the fav!!!

[Feb. 4th, 2018 10:38:10 PM]

Correction: 150 shots taken

Place: 2 out of 44
Avg (all users): 6.7021
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.2800
Avg (non-participants): 7.1818
Views since voting: 1344
Views during voting: 104
Votes: 47
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/06/2018 01:00:44 PM
Congrats Wendy, great lighting. Mo is a rock star!
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02/06/2018 11:53:33 AM
Lovely use of light, Wendy. Your shots of Mo are great.
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02/06/2018 10:45:45 AM
Beautiful picture of Mo! I love your squirrels, cats, birds :-). OTOH I find many portraits that I see on the internet (in general) very boring - another pretty face in a "clam", side, ring light - yawn. I think many people who never photographed animals have no idea how tricky that can be.
Thank you for the link - just what I need. My lighting sucks and my understanding of light is even worse if that is possible :-). I just announced my "portfolio project" at our photoclub for this year and I chose "food photography". Interesting lighting is one of the things I want to play with.
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02/05/2018 11:53:31 AM
Great image Wendy, I love cat and really envy your way to take photo to them. When I try, it is almost always a fail ^_^.
A 8 from me!
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02/05/2018 11:08:41 AM
Congratulations! Well done.
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02/05/2018 10:37:56 AM
Congratulations Wendy, beautifully done!
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02/05/2018 12:13:08 AM
Congratulations on the red, Wendy. My top 3 ended up top 3. This is a beautiful photo. What people get tired of your cats/birds/squirrels? Not me - ever!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/04/2018 11:06:05 PM
Great photo! Top 3.
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02/04/2018 06:21:47 AM
The winner IMHO. Great shot!! Bump!
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01/29/2018 12:05:33 AM
wonderful !!!!
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