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scottdonschikowski October 23, 2014
so warm and fluffy!
 
JDLifeshots September 06, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
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AntonioMarchetti September 10, 2015
Nice job !
 
SimoneCarini September 22, 2015
so cute!
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renomike January 28, 2016
Please Do Not Disturb....

Sleepy Kitty



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in our dark enclosed staircase at home. Garfield was being a wonderful model but decided to take a quick cat nap in the middle of his photo shoot.
Time
This was actually taken approximately2:30 in the afternoon.
Lighting
The lighting was actually a learning session for me. Since the staircase is in the middle of the home and solid walls on both sides, it tends to be dark unless there's a light on. I set up a flash as the goal was to learn/practice how to use a speedlight flash. I set the flash and aimed it at a gold reflector against the side of the staircase to get the light to bounce. I'm really pleased with the soft "morning" light look it gave.
Equipment
To get this shot I used my Canon 5D Mark II with the kit EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. A Canon 580EX II flash was also used along with a gold reflector. And, of course, a very cooperative, camera loving cat. ;)
Inspiration
Inspiration for this photo came from a desire to try and learn how to use my Canon 580EX II flash that I had gotten.Of course Garfield is always an inspiration for photos so when I saw him on the stairs I knew I found my subject to learn with. He was extremely cooperative and hung out for about an hour putting up with the flash and camera going off all around him as he moved around and "struck poses" for me. So the desire to learn and a cat that loves to be photographed was all the inspiration I needed for this photo.
Editing
The only processing done on this photo is a touch of increased (+37) clarity when opening the raw file. All other settings were left as opened.
In my camera bag
My main camera is the Canon 5d MarkII. I absolutely love this camera and the kit lens that came with it (the 24-105 f/4L) is always with it. A 2nd or 3rd lens will generally depend on what I'm wanting to photograph (many times the 180 macro or 70-200 will be included). A speedlite is generally available though not used for the majority of my photos. To be honest, as long as I have the 5D and the 24-105 then I'm good to go for randomness! I've also added a 2nd bag for the day to day commuting/life-time-not-photo-time times and it always has a Canon Rebel t5i, with a Canon 70-300 and the 18-55 lenses. It's proven to be a great runaround kit when it's not practical to have the 5D. I'm almost never caught without a camera now!
Feedback
My advice to others is to not be afraid to try/experiment with your equipment! Don't be afraid of failure or let it hold you back. Sometimes that shot you think isn't worth it or shouldn't work will be a great shot. Sure, you'll sort through a ton that didn't work but then you'll get that one and it'll make it all worth it. If you stop trying to learn and expand your abilities then you'll be stuck.

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