My First Cat Shot

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Rob MacKillop, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I've coveted a Leica Monochrom since they came out, and thanks to a pension coming good, I have managed to buy one second hand. Now I'm quite skint again, all I could afford for a lens was the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1, bought from here https://35mmc.com/shop/product-brands/7artisans/ but it turns out to be a very decent lens, designed for the Leica.

    I'd never had a rangefinder before, so need to practice focussing, aligning the two images in the viewfinder. This morning I thought I'd get some practice in while out in our garden. Suddenly this cat appeared, and started walking towards me. That was a real challenge for keeping in focus. I aimed as best I could for the eyes, took about eight shots (at f/1.7), which this is the best of:

    cat eyes 1 Nik.jpg

    I sharpened the eyes a tiny bit in Nik Viveza, but did nothing else. I put it through Lightroom, but everything I tweaked took something away.

    I'd like to thank the model...
     
  2. John Holland

    John Holland Active Member

    I like the tones and the DOF. The eyes are what catch your eyes
     
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  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, John. Never thought I'd do a cat shot, but am pleased with this one.
     
  4. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    You'll be on Facebook next!

    Very nice indeed, Rob.
     
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  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ha. I used to be on Facebook, before I realised that I was the product, not the user. I closed my account, missed it for five days, and haven't thought of it since. Never again.
     
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  6. Stan Hesketh

    Stan Hesketh Member

    I agree that the depth of field and tones have made this a very good shot.
    Reminds me of a cat I had when I was a kid!
     
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  7. John Holland

    John Holland Active Member

    So true
     
  8. Dave Young

    Dave Young Active Member

    Looks great Rob, enjoy the Monochrom. :)
     
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  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Dave. Good to see you back.
     
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  10. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    That is a first class cat picture, (as a cat lover and Facebook user, I have seen 1000's). The sharpness of the face and shallow DoF have caught the "mystic black cat" look very well.
     
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  11. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    I love it!
    The extremely narrow depth of field almost makes the cat look like it's peering through a portal into our world. It's body and everything else remain outside the bubble and back in his world.
     
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  12. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I'm impressed by it too. Although it's what I hoped for, I do acknowledge a huge amount of luck in getting it just so. Thanks for your comments.
     
  13. Milan Vjestica

    Milan Vjestica Well-Known Member

    It is all in the eyes!
     
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  14. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    o_O:)
     
  15. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Nice cat Photo Rob. Looked at the site for those lenses. Interesting as they are not ridiculously expensive.
     
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  16. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Exactly, Julian. Fantastic bargain, especially considering the price of Leica lenses.
     
  17. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    So, no need for a second then; that one is perfect! And the rendering from that lens is nothing short of gorgeous.
     
  18. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Yes, it's win, win, lens, camera, action! I'm not a cat-photo fanatic, but I think I got a good one here.
     
  19. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I think I might have have a word with Mr Gill!
     
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