James, black and white by Lenny La Rue, IPA

The small ‘blankey’ Jimmy was resting on had some colour in it, Jimmy’s eyes have colour in them, and there’s some pink on his nose. But as soon as I looked at this shot the way I view most photography – by contrasts instead of hues – it jumped out at me in B&W. PhotoShop CS4 did a remarkable job of nabbing the light in so many different ways that I almost deleted the colour file completely.

Editing inspired by Karirose and her love of The Rule Of Thirds and directed by EBMonster mentoring: ‘Cut off the boring parts!! Chop until it looks like art!!’ In the end, James got to keep most of his face intact (even if off to a “third”) and I’m starting to like the subtle movement away from me shooting as if I’m doing photo documentation. Nobody needs to see the tip-tops of Jimmy’s ears hairs…~nobody except me and I already know what they look like~

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    This is magnificent Lenny. Splendid capture and creation. I really like this.

  • Thank you so much, Bunny! :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • EBmonster
    EBmonsterover 5 years ago

    This is wonderful hun…

  • Thanks but you BETTER have said that since I chopped it like liver to follow your editing suggestions. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 5 years ago

    The Black and White is an excellent choice. You caught his sweet face so perfectly. I dare not say anything more for fear of giving myself undue credit. :) (Yes, I blushed at the mention of my name in giving any sort of inspiration in your photography!) -and if “me and I” already know what the tops of Jimmy’s ears look like, where was “myself?” Is he offended by kitty ears?-

  • Why is it I knew you’d note the incredibly bad grammar in some humourous fashion? LMAO!

    Jimmy WAS being sweet when I took this since he and I were alone for a week of “male bonding” while Cathy was away. He didn’t have much of a choice since it was ‘bond with me’ or ‘live outside’. But you already knew I’ve been offsetting edits because you like it when everything isn’t on the bull’s eye. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous, Lenny! What a beautiful cat… xoxox

  • Muchas gracias, darling! Jimmy is easily the sweetest feline I’ve ever known. He’s had some issues lately since he’s become an “only cat” who now has a permanant roommate, but he’s one lovable furball who will treat you as an equal (even tho he knows he’s a superior being). :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • GailDouglas
    GailDouglasover 5 years ago

    He is a sweetheart, and bw for this was a good choice I love it

  • Thank you! He’s not the most colourful puss in the West but he’s in the running for the most entertaining and best model! ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...over 5 years ago

    Fabulous detail, and a DREAMY pose, purrfect you could say !

  • Thank you much! He was completely asleep before I woke him up and he’s used to posing so he won’t always stare into the camera. Weird quirk but very photogenic. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • katpix
    katpixover 5 years ago

    This is a great shot, you really captured a true cat expression. Not an easy thing to do.

  • Jimmy poses with his completely honest expressions. He doesn’t like to ‘stare at the camera’ and I don’t need to offer him a ‘distracting visual’ to entice him to look away. He could have been a TV star cat and made more money than I ever have! LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 5 years ago

    BeautIful portrait of Jimmy LL : ) LOVE THE B AND W! Wen xx

  • It’s wonderful to hear from you, darling!!!!! Thanks and B&W is the best way to capture Jimmy (aside from with a juicy rodent that he won’t eat but WILL play with and present to Cathy as a trophy!)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 5 years ago

    Yeah..I’m trying to get into commenting and viewing again…
    Oh yes LL.,We get presents too! with 6 cats..you get some wonderful presents! NOT!! Lately they’ve taken to catching legless lizards…and they have fooled me into thinking they’re snakes a couple of times. Jimmy is a cutie! Wen xxx

  • Are you sure they were “legless” before the presentations? LMAO!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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