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3 week old Persian and Chocolate Point Siamese kitten.

3 week old Persian and Chocolate Point Siamese kitten.
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8 Comments | Report
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 December 13, 2015
Very cute, Congrats!
kellymdick
kellymdick December 13, 2015
Thanks so much :)
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth December 13, 2015
So cute. nice shot
kellymdick
kellymdick December 13, 2015
Thank you very much :)
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz December 13, 2015
Wonderful image! Congratulations on your feature.:)
kellymdick
kellymdick December 13, 2015
Thank you :) I'm very stoked and overwhelmed that I finally made it to that Wall of Fame :)
pradeephiremath
 
pradeephiremath December 13, 2015
Very cute... Beautiful shot
kellymdick
kellymdick December 13, 2015
Thank you very much :)
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos December 13, 2015
Precious and fun!!!!!!
kellymdick
kellymdick December 13, 2015
Thanks :)
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne December 19, 2015
Kudos!
kellymdick
kellymdick December 20, 2015
Thank you :)
photosue50
 
photosue50 January 14, 2016
Awwww
kellymdick
kellymdick January 20, 2016
:)
cahit
 
cahit May 21, 2020
very cute!
kellymdick
kellymdick May 21, 2020
Thanks so much.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken out in my front yard. I love shooting in natural light as opposed to artificial, so I often practice outdoors.
Time
This particular photo was taken at 1:26:10 pm on April 18, 2015. The weather in Sicamous, BC, Canada is just starting to warm up for the Spring season, so I wanted to make sure that it was warm enough to take a (3) week kitten outside in.
Lighting
If I can help it at all, most of my photos are done outside, as I love natural light. I knew I wanted to be outside and had to wait for the harsh sun to leave from the front yard where I wanted to shoot. Once the sun had started moving more towards the side yard and I knew I would have the sun at the kitten's back, I got her from the house and set her down on the grass to let her explore.
Equipment
I am an amateur on a budget, so since I started out with Sony equipment when I first got into photography and from there on, I just continued to buy what I knew and was comfortable with. My husband surprised me on Valentines the year I took this photo, with a brand new Sony a 77ii with no lens. I had all of my lenses from my previous Sony's but also wanted another new one to go with the new camera, so with my budget, I wanted to try a Sigma wide angle lens since I do a lot of landscapes as well. Camera: Sony a 77ii Lens: Sigma DC 17-70 mm 1:2.8-4.5 Flash: no Tripod: no (I was lying on the grass) Reflector (that half cooperated lol)
Inspiration
The inspiration for this photo was to capture Spring and what it is about. Spring is about new beginnings and beautiful things. The flowers are blooming, the sun shines brighter and new babies are born. I wanted to incorporate Spring's new beginnings with the beautiful colours, new flowers, leaves and sunshine and most of all new life. This sweet little baby (Bella), who now has been re-homed to her fur-ever home, was only (3) weeks old at the time of this shooting.
Editing
Yes, I did post-processing in Lightroom, which of course is a learning curve every day for an amateur! I see mistakes now, that I wished I could fix lol and I see that it could have used a radial filter to brighten the center where the kittens face and the purple flowers are. I used brushes to accentuate colours and portrait brushes for the eyes.
In my camera bag
As an amateur on a budget, my bag isn't nearly as interesting as most. I carry my Sony a77ii, Sony 300 mm, Sony 50 mm 1.8 portrait lens, and an old Minolta 200 mm beer can lens, Sigma DC 17-70 mm 1:2.8-4.5, external flash, remote trigger and also a Nikon P900 for quick faraway shots of wildlife that I wouldn't otherwise be able to obtain with the budget that I have.
Feedback
Capturing kittens isn't always easy, since they like to be on the move most of the time. I made sure that she was well rested and fed before I had decided to take her out and do any kind of shooting with her. Lie down on your stomach to make sure that you are at their level to capture their natural movements in a natural environment. Make sure that the sun is at the kitten's back and not in the kitten's eyes, as they are new to the world and their eyes are not as well adjusted to the sun as we are. Please make sure they are in a safe environment before you decide to lay down on your stomach and engage yourself busily with shooting.

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