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RolandRuttenPhotography
 
RolandRuttenPhotography February 06, 2014
Incredible portrait!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD February 07, 2014
Beautiful
jorgepenedo
 
jorgepenedo February 07, 2014
Fantastic image :) A great Job
pradeephiremath
 
pradeephiremath February 07, 2014
awesome...
Pablo-Klik PRO
 
Pablo-Klik February 07, 2014
semplicemente fantastici composizione!! bello modello..scelta eccellente
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 07, 2014
Nice photo, congrats of the feature
diane_hallam_4401
 
diane_hallam_4401 February 07, 2014
WOW beautiful and congrats :)
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan February 07, 2014
Both model and the Cat's eyes pin sharp focus and good eye contact, nice detail. Beautiful capture....congrats on the feature.
GordonD PRO
 
GordonD February 07, 2014
Superb, congragulations :)
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 07, 2014
Gorgeous portrait of these ginger "kittens". Congratulations.
JeffreyA PRO
 
JeffreyA February 07, 2014
wonderful shot, well done and congrats
catini
 
catini February 07, 2014
Very nice, congrats on your feature!
ciusbius
 
ciusbius February 07, 2014
this pic is awesome!!!
AnnuO
 
AnnuO February 07, 2014
Beautifully composed!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 07, 2014
Very sweet capture! Congrats.
kkat PRO
 
kkat February 07, 2014
Very nice Duo Portrait! Congratulations!!
Lotsashots
 
Lotsashots February 07, 2014
Apparently the cat took direction very well! I love how he's playing to the camera!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 February 07, 2014
congrats !
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 07, 2014
Excellent portrait capture.Congrats!
TheSprungers
 
TheSprungers February 07, 2014
Love the color and great lighting.
Celtic
 
Celtic February 07, 2014
great shot!! Congrats
charlesandersonjr
 
charlesandersonjr February 07, 2014
Very well done all the way around...
ritafayeadams PRO
 
ritafayeadams February 07, 2014
absolutely stunning. excellent photography!
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios February 07, 2014
This is a great portrait, the lighting in beautiful the matching expressions are priceless, Really Well Done!
vsidles PRO+
 
vsidles February 07, 2014
Ginger kitties are my favorite! This photograph is SUPERB!
verity PRO+
 
verity February 07, 2014
wow, this cat looks like our Alfie, lovely image
frankjrosetti PRO
 
frankjrosetti February 07, 2014
blended beauty! nice work!
CoopPix
 
CoopPix February 07, 2014
Love the clarity and matching soft colors. Wonderful!
hughmobley Premium
 
hughmobley February 07, 2014
Love this shot!
nikki8
 
nikki8 February 07, 2014
Amazing Photo....
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography February 07, 2014
Great shot
symesie04
 
symesie04 February 07, 2014
Very striking and interesting lighting.
dtrsommer
 
dtrsommer February 07, 2014
Fascinating ! Great job ! Congratulations !
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions February 07, 2014
congrats
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade February 07, 2014
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud February 07, 2014
Awesome!! Congratulations on your Feature!
nitti
 
nitti February 07, 2014
Outstanding work....congrats
LoriLynn13
 
LoriLynn13 February 07, 2014
Great shot! Congrats!
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn February 07, 2014
Beautiful capture of this Mackerel Tabby and his/her bewitched owner. :)
cathyharper
 
cathyharper February 07, 2014
Fantastic image
DianeCArtography
 
DianeCArtography February 07, 2014
Adorable! Congrats!
SuperT22
 
SuperT22 February 07, 2014
well done
Manjucus Premium
 
Manjucus February 08, 2014
Gorgeous shot!
Akang_Bagja
 
Akang_Bagja February 08, 2014
You are the master!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican February 09, 2014
Superb
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter February 09, 2014
Great shot. Congrats. - Jake
hwishnick PRO+
 
hwishnick February 10, 2014
Absolutely stunning. Congratulations on the award. You deserve it.
BrittOhra
 
BrittOhra February 12, 2014
Mjau, mjau vackert, värmande i hjärtat vackert :-)
GavinMossPhotography
 
GavinMossPhotography February 12, 2014
gorgeous!!!
eleazarparedes PRO
 
eleazarparedes February 13, 2014
Excellent Portrait!
szmyk
 
szmyk February 16, 2014
Beautiful portrait!
Jodibear58
 
Jodibear58 February 20, 2014
Love the coloring!
birdlover54
 
birdlover54 March 06, 2014
Beautiful shot!
CherylG
 
CherylG April 03, 2014
Magnificent photo!!! Love this!!!
pamelaford
 
pamelaford April 04, 2014
I absolutely love this photo. I love cats and my yellow tabby was killed by a pit bull. His name was Mr. Sara.
robinhart-jones
 
robinhart-jones April 12, 2014
There is a cat that knows how to 'Work the camera' :D Great portrair.
Nikoner
 
Nikoner May 30, 2014
I love the Colortone
JoseV
 
JoseV January 02, 2015
A masterpiece.
pfairchild
 
pfairchild February 16, 2015
Awe inspiring!
vojce PRO+
 
vojce February 23, 2015
fantastic portrait,bravo
lynnefindlay
 
lynnefindlay March 05, 2015
Not sure about the balance but the tail does give me a huge smile. Love everything else - tonings and expressions are priceless.
prabhatk
 
prabhatk March 29, 2015
nicely done.....and ...lucky cat ;)
ElsaRblog
 
ElsaRblog July 07, 2015
I love it!
denisenewman PRO
 
denisenewman July 09, 2015
Bewitching, mesmerizing twin gaze skillfully captured!
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson March 09, 2016
Very cool shot.

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Behind The Lens

Location
In my home studio ( a converted formal dining room)
Time
I think it was around dinner time.
Lighting
It is a simple clam shell set up. I had my Elinchrom strobe in a beauty dish above me and to the front and a reflector held on a stand right below camera under my chin.
Equipment
Camera: Nikon D700 Lens: Nikon 85 1.4 SS: 1/250th Aperture: f13 ISO 200 Light: Elinchrom BXRI, beauty dished, and a reflector on a lightstand. Camera was on a tripod and self timered for multiple intervals. I prefocused on one of my kids and locked the focus in before the shoot.
Inspiration
I had actually wanted to take a variation of this shot with my daughter for a long time because her hair color is exactly the same coppery ginger as the cat's fur. She was too young at the time to cooperate for long enough to get the shot. I was dying my hair from red to blond and this was an intermediate color in that process. I noticed one day that my hair happened to match the cats as well and so figured I'd try this shot on myself. To me this shot was all about the color.
Editing
I did. I retouched my skin and all the stray hairs and then color corrected everything. The background yellow was shifted a bit more to better match the hair and fur.
In my camera bag
Nikon D700, and nikon lenses 14-24, 35, 60 macro, 85. I also have an Olympus OMD and a few m4/3 lenses I like to play with.
Feedback
If you're going to work with a cat you'll need the patience of a saint, even if you have an amazingly good tempered and patient one like this. Give yourself time to take as many frames as you need to since in a self portrait you can see if you have your angles and expression right. Use something or someone to prefocus on and then lock that in, along with your other settings (manual mode is a must for this imo, since you aren't at the camera to adjust--and you shouldn't have to in a studio anyway). Play. I had no idea if this shot would work. It looked good when I pictured the concept in my head but you never know till you've tried so don't be scared to experiment photographically.

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