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31 Comments | Report
Hossinc
 
Hossinc December 30, 2013
Awesome!!!
paulbarson
paulbarson June 24, 2015
Thank you :)
justkim1106 PRO+
 
justkim1106 January 14, 2014
Beautiful cat portrait. Not sure how you got the cat to cooperate, but the results are wonderful.
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :) Truth is he really didn't cooperate at all, it just appears that way ;)
jamiemacisaac
 
jamiemacisaac January 27, 2014
Beautiful work
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :)
racheltwitchett
 
racheltwitchett November 18, 2014
nice, Love the eyes coming out of the black
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :)
BluAffinity
 
BluAffinity December 07, 2014
Gorgeous!!!! I love this picture!
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you so much :)
cheryllynnalexander
 
cheryllynnalexander June 21, 2015
Love this picture
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :)
FredGramoso Ultimate
 
FredGramoso June 23, 2015
Very nice work!
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :)
Spinola Platinum
 
Spinola October 06, 2015
Perfect
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you :)
Lillymeg PRO+
 
Lillymeg November 25, 2015
Congratulations on being a Finalist in the Cats being Cats Photo Contest. A beautiful capture of Noah, he is very much like little female same eyes and colouring, she is called Gypsy.
paulbarson
paulbarson November 25, 2015
Thank you so much :)
carrie00813 Ultimate
 
carrie00813 November 26, 2015
Absolutely stunning. Perfect, beautiful!
paulbarson
paulbarson November 26, 2015
Thank you so much :)
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More November 28, 2015
Awesome Paul :)
paulbarson
paulbarson November 28, 2015
Thank you so much :)
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 December 01, 2015
Beautiful portrait. Congrats on being a finalist!
paulbarson
paulbarson December 01, 2015
Thank you so much :)
anneswitzer
 
anneswitzer December 06, 2015
Love the Black Kitty!! Beautifully captured :)
paulbarson
paulbarson December 06, 2015
Thank you :)
nandicmb
 
nandicmb December 08, 2015
Congratulations on both your Contest Finalist wins!
paulbarson
paulbarson December 09, 2015
Thank you so much :)
kkat PRO+
 
kkat April 22, 2016
I also have have a black cat named Zoe. She's a domestic short haired.
98% black except a 1 in white spot on her chest. My uncle a Magician said that was a special sign=Mystical!
bronwynliebke
 
bronwynliebke July 21, 2016
Love this. Very beautiful and striking.
paulbarson
paulbarson July 23, 2016
Thank you so much :)
heatherwoodrow
 
heatherwoodrow August 07, 2016
Beautiful picture and beautiful cat.
paulbarson
paulbarson October 22, 2016
Thank you :)
Keri
 
Keri September 09, 2016
Stunning. Love love love
paulbarson
paulbarson October 22, 2016
Thank you so much Keri :)
alisonmaclean_8715
 
alisonmaclean_8715 September 13, 2016
absolutely stunning photo in so many ways, love it!
paulbarson
paulbarson October 22, 2016
Thank you so much Alison :)
mstoltz1022 PRO
 
mstoltz1022 September 24, 2016
AWESOME Photo!!
paulbarson
paulbarson October 22, 2016
Thank you so much :)
lsquare
 
lsquare January 08, 2017
Genius!
richardmorgan_7225 Premium
 
richardmorgan_7225 February 16, 2017
Awesome lighting and composition.
garymintz
 
garymintz March 22, 2017
Panther...
SVPhotos
 
SVPhotos September 28, 2017
Great capture
deannagreenburg
 
deannagreenburg October 11, 2017
Those eyes!!
Bev4Hope
 
Bev4Hope November 05, 2017
Stunning kitteh!!!
MKazNovPhoto
 
MKazNovPhoto December 06, 2017
Beautiful photo and cat
dougloyd
 
dougloyd December 23, 2017
Wow!
stephanieyates Platinum
 
stephanieyates November 04, 2018
Beautiful!
margitulstrup PRO
 
margitulstrup April 24, 2020
Awesome shot .. wow
NikkiHails
 
NikkiHails August 12, 2021
I love this
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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at home. Noah was relaxing on the couch and had no intention of posing or being cooperative.
Time
This was taken at night with ambient room light and a speedlight.
Lighting
I had just purchased a speedlight and was experimenting with bouncing the light friom this to get a soft ligh to compliment the ambient roon light which was two table lamps, to his left and right.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon T3i, Canon EF-100mm Macro f/2.8 with a Yongnuo 565EX Speedlite which was off camera and triggered by the T3i's onboard flash. ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/2,8
Inspiration
I'd been wanting to try and get a good portrait of Noah for some time but all the times I had tried in the past, the lighting was too dark. So, when I got the speedlight I tried again while I was playing around.
Editing
I did a lot of post-processing on this shot, all in LR. The original SOOC shot is nothing like thiis finished piece, in fact it's hardly recognizeable as the same shot! The SOOC shot has him laying down with his head turned towards me in a 'get that out of my face' look! I cropped in tight to his face, made some minor global adjustments and then did a lot of burning with adjustment brushes to achieve the look that he was coming out of the dark and aslo kind of posing, which he definitely was not! I toggled show shadow clipping on so I could see the areas that may not have been entirely black that I wanted black and in places had to use a number of brushes over the same area to get the black that I wanted. I also added a slight matte using curves just to soften the image slightly.
In my camera bag
My usual carry gear is Canon T3i, Canon EF-100mm Macro f/2.8, Canon EFS-18-135mm Kit lens, Hoya CPL Filter, Hoya ND400 Filter, Manfrotto Pixie, spare battery, spare memory card, small spray bottle, lens pen, pepper spray.
Feedback
Be patient! My experience is that whenever I see a great shot with him and get my camera out, he sees the camera and no longer wants to participate. Be patient, try when they are more rellaxed and sleepy, maybe just after they have eaten. Shoot a lot of shots and then pick the best. When looking at a shot, don't look at what you have, look at what you could do and what you could have :)

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