Eyes are the windows to the soul

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Swandy, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Dec 15, 2009

    Does this old saying apply to pets? I certainly think so.
    EP2 - Pana 20mm - Pin Hole Art Filter.
    Comments welcome,
    Steve
     
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  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Gorgeous - great use of the pinhole art filter Steve... and beautifully sharp detail too.

    I would like to see both eyes in the shot - other than that, perfect.

    Cheers and thanks for sharing

    Brian
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Stunning color and sharpness and a resounding "Yes!" to the saying applying to pets. Really beautiful.

    I do see Brian's point about being able to see both eyes, more fully. It would be interesting if you could get another similar shot ("herding cats" comes to my mind..) and see if it did work better or not. I do really like the way he/she is holding her head and the fact that it is not a direct full frontal gaze. This cat has got that certain something showing here, for sure. The way the eye looks on the right side now gives her/him a sort of pirate sly look...which I don't mean as a negative.

    Love the detail around the nose, too. Again, really beautiful colors and the blurred background is excellent, too.

    I'd been thinking about why cats make such good portrait subjects earlier today..but that's probably better for another thread.
     
  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Steve,
    I can't resist. Cat's are special beings. I have been accused of paying to much attention to my cat on another forum.
    You Sir, I am sure understand........
     

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  5. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Cats are beautiful subjects for photography - they love to stare at us... and the title says it all! fascinating.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    True and usually they're more content to stay put...unlike dogs who generally want to BE with us.
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
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  8. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Dec 15, 2009
    Thanks everyone for your comments.
    The cat is my sisters - during our visit to Florida. What surprised me was how friendly she was towards strangers - very unusual from what I have experienced with other cats.
    This was my sister's favorite - full face. Unfortunately with the shallow DOF of the Panasonic 20mm (shot at f1.7), the eyes are not really sharp. That is why my favorite is the first one:

    Streetshooter - one of my best friends would certainly agree with you about cats and photography. He loves to shoot his. I prefer our Shih Tzu Max - I think that dogs show more personality - but unfortunately as soon as I get close to him or on his level, he will immediately come to me. The cat seemed much more content to sit still. (Um - perhaps the CAF-TRACKING on the EP2 would work with Max?????)

    Thanks everyone for looking, Steve
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Steve, that CAF is actually Cat Auto Focusing...they have not puuuurfected the DAF....
    I also agree with the first image....
     
  10. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

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    The opening shot shows real character. Cats make purfect subjects and it's impossible to pay too much attention to them. Maybe we should have a dedicated thread entitled "Show Us Your Pussy Pictures." :wink:
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    John,
    Now ya wanna make me work........with that title.....
    not that there's anything wrong with that....
     
  12. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Jan 30, 2010
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    ....but it could be open to misinterpretation and cause someone severe embarrasment! :eek: :biggrin:
     
  13. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Dec 15, 2009
    Only the person hosting the site!!!!!:2thumbs:
     
  14. rst

    rst Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    First and most important: I like the photograph. It is a very nice portrait, lots of emotion in it. Thanks for sharing.

    [rant-mode]
    Brian, you put in one sentence what really does not fit: pinhole and sharp detail. I really do not understand why Olympus called it pinhole art filter. Is it so difficult to ask somebody knowing enough of pinhole photography to tell them, that images with the pinhole art filter do not look like pinhole images?

    I like a lot of the images done with this art filter, they look great. But I am a pinhole photographer and whenever I hear the name of the filter - really - it hurts. :mad: That is not pinhole photography.
    [/rant-mode]

    Sorry, I do not want to offend anybody, but that needed to be said. :wink:

    Cheers
    rst
     
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  15. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hi rst,

    no slight intended towards your specialism... so please, educate us on what a pinhole photograph should look like (before the evil marketing people at Olympus stole the definition! :rofl:)

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  16. rst

    rst Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Well the emoticon after my "rant" should have told you how serious I take myself on this :smile:

    Brian, a pinhole camera uses no lens so that means that you have no absolute sharpness in the image, but also no depth of field effects. So sharpness (or shall I say unsharpness) is the same over the whole image.

    Wait, let me upload a scan of one of my pinhole images to show you what I mean ... here it is, just as a thumbnail, I do not want to hijack this thread:
    [​IMG]

    This is a scan of an 8x10" contact print. It is a lith print of a negative I did with my 8x10" 90mm camera. As you can see, it is nowhere really sharp, but also nowhere really unsharp. The distance to the trunk was around 11cm, with a lens based camera you would see a lot of unsharp areas in the image. So you got the idea, pinhole photography not only means to have dark corners and a bit of a color shift.

    Cheers
    rst
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Apparently, (according to some mumbo jumbo research - could have been from the left side of the pond - but not sure), cat owners are more likely to be more "intelligent" than dog owners.

    I'm a dog owner!

    (well I was until the poor little thing died in November)
     
  18. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Nice example rst, thanks... I guess they had to call the art filter something - but I see your point, pinhole photography could be something worth exploring... I'll start another thread on that.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  19. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    rst, I loved my plastic Diana camera way back in the 70s. We had to use it and only it for the beginnings of our intro to Photo class. One of my favorite photos was made with that camera.

    Your contact print is beautiful.


    (Bill, I think that mumbo jumbo study saying that cat owners were smarter must have been conducted by cat owners. I have 3 cats (they came to us), used to have 3 dogs and now we only have one dog. Cats live almost twice as long as dogs, alas. I am so sorry that your dog passed on. I am dog lover myself. You have my condolences.)
     
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  20. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Almost Purrrrrrrrrfect!