Neither of us did the “clothing thing” when using the filtered light of blinds. The obvious comparisons simply have to be made so be kind and remember this IS just a kitten. :_D
You’d never believe that this tiny kitten was playing ferociously less than 3 minutes before the lighting became fun. I asked her to come to me and she did. She looked up at me while we were both sitting on the couch (where she is seen here). I reached a good distance away and brought the NIkon D90 out of its case. She sat next to me and watched. I took off the lens cap stood up squatted in front of her with the camera aimed her way to get the light settings. Jasper sat there quietly. Once the stripes started making patterns on her face, she got a little antsy because the direct sunlight wasn’t comfortable. I got her to face away from the direct glare with a hand moved to the side of the camera; her eyes followed it as though it was the most interesting thing on the planet.
I think I shot 50 images before I got bored. Jasper didn’t. But immediately after I set down the camera and stood up, her eyes perked up, pointy ears gave me full attention, and she ran to find a toy mouse. She didn’t even need to hear me say “bring it to me cuz you’re playing ‘fetch’, not me!”
This cat is gonna be waaaaaaaaaaayyy too much fun. She was born with a lifetime license to charm! :-D
About the shot… This is direct from the camera. I used some of the onboard editing options and compared the results with the best I could do with LightRoom. Nothing seemed particularly better so having an “as is” shot seemed like the most interesting way to go. And I consider this one “as is” even tho the exposure was automatically enhanced using onboard D-lighting and enlarged for Red Bubble prints using Elements 3.
NIkkor 18 – 105 mm lens
full manual control with 1/3 bracketing (under/even/over)
ISO: 200 (the baseline for Nikon’s D90)
metering mode: spot
focal length: 22mm
exposure bias: -1.3
The sun, courtesy God, was setting thru the livingroom blinds and over the town of Penn Valley, California.
Yes, I knew Jasper’s eye in the direct light would be slightly squinted. I thought about saying I planned that so she’s look more sly. Then I woke up. ;-)
Generously featured YOU BIG SOFTY Group, the Paws & Claws Group, and in Nikon D90 Users Group with the deepest appreciation!
AND HERE IT IS FOLKS: MY 1st RED BUBBLE HOMEPAGE PHOTOGRAPH!!!
The YOU BIG SOFTY Group launched my image from their features page right onto the Red Bubble WEBSITE Feature Page! Over two years of asked all of you “Did I get there? Did I miss it? Arrgh!!!”
Moderators in YBS, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve sold some art (besides to myself!). I’ve cracked the 100,000 views milestone. I had to ask the incredible Dave Pearson to create a version update for his sweet RBArtman program (because I was the first user who went over 1000 pieces to report the older version couldn’t handle the volume). I had to let Cathy lead me to the place where pets are adopted to let me lead her to Jasper by my feel for animals. (She trusted me completely tho I was extremely troubled when Jimmy initially her. They have since become…roommates, if not best friends). And I had to have the extremely kind and generous YOU BIG SOFTY Group moderators to submit the image. I didn’t even know that could be done, much less try it!
Nevertheless, it happened and I think I ‘had an accident’ when I read about it but there’s a mop here for later. Right now, it’s CHEERING TIME! !