This is OJ. Alas, no longer with us as he passed away very young. Here his eyes were just changeing color and I thought I’d try to get a pose out of him. Trouble was keeping him awake long enough to get a shot. Seconds after taking this, he slumped down into the jar, deep in little kitty dreamland. It wasn’t even easy getting him out !

I did this on film… Fuji Reala 100 ISO… with a homemade softbox which was my first venture into `studio’ flash. As a result, there were reflections all over the gass and especially on the neck of the jar which totally hid OJ`s fur. So I scanned the neg and cloned over the reflections with the few bits of fur that were visible through the glass in PS6. I aslo took advantage of Photoshop to adjust colors and levels till I was OK with his contrast against the background. It was pretty much my first delve into Photoshop and I learned lots about cloning, selecting, feathering and so much else through this… so not only does the nostalgia pertain to the subject, but to the processing as well.

Please have a look at Karina’s lovely translation in pastels :-))

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AND… I got a Challenege win in Cat`s Pajamas…
AND a challenge win in Groovy Kitty Cats !
How wicked is that !?!

Thanx so much for lookin’ :-))

Comments

  • poise
    poiseabout 7 years ago

    haha very clever you have a very tame cat..

  • Kurt  Tutschek
    Kurt Tutschekabout 7 years ago

    what a poser! funny image. :-)

  • Dave Moilanen
    Dave Moilanenabout 7 years ago

    Sorry to hear that about OJ. You have this wonderful shot to keep as a wonderful memory!

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoabout 7 years ago

    so adorable, great colours…

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Great job

  • santakaoss
    santakaossabout 7 years ago

    Is it me, or what but i’ve a tear in my eye cos thats
    such a sweet & sad story…
    Was he your kitten before he passed away?

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 7 years ago

    OJ, what a cutie! Sorry he passed….
    What an adorable shot BB!

  • Arlene Zapata
    Arlene Zapataabout 7 years ago

    I like the way the background works w/his eye color. The candy coloz add great POP to this image. Sorry to hear he didn’t make it though.

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinabout 7 years ago

    First Mr Hazelnut Praline Eyes now this little cutie… what are you trying to do to a girl Bill??

    I love how you have captured Oj’s inate kitten cheekiness and curiousness. I can almost here him saying “What?? You leave these brightly coloured goodies just lying around and expect me NOT to jump on in here?” A lovely way to remember this cute little man…

  • Pete Chennell
    Pete Chennellabout 7 years ago

    great image BB!!

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