Charles Ginsburgh  

Bogy by Charles Ginsburgh

February 2021 - Bogy

About the Image(s)

Here is something that is a bit different for me. Normally I shy away from posting images of pets, since often they mean far more to the maker than to the viewer. We love our pets and they are an integral part of our families, but this attachment is difficult to carry through in our images since the subjects mean far more to us than what the image may portray. To be truly effective such images need to engage the viewer in a significant way to hold the viewer’s interest. That is what I sought to accomplish here. First, I waited until my cat (“Bogy”) was looking right at the lens to engage the viewer, and then I selected images that captured the interesting patterns in his eyes. The color in this image accurately reflects the color in his eyes. Luckily, he is a very patent and forgiving soul, so he did not mind having a photographer in his face for an extended period of time. Here I used my new Canon R6 mirrorless camera with a RF 24-105 mm F4 lens with the following settings; f/9.0, 45 mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 2,500. Can you believe the noise level (or lack there-of) in this ISO 2,500 image? No noise removal was applied to this image. Aside from being a close-up image this submission could also be considered a portrait image. Let me know what you think of the image.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
3 comments posted

Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
You definitely created an image that engages the viewer! Bogy's eyes are so captivating, and I agree that the lack of noise is quite impressive. This is one tack-sharp image! Bogy's personality (or, a personality) seems to come through (though I can't tell if the image portrays Bogy's actual personality). The eyes say it all. My only suggestion would be to consider blurring out even more so the background in the bottom right-hand corner. I'd also love to see other images that focus, almost solely on the eyes (perhaps an abstract, close-up image of just one eye!). - Nancy   Posted: 02/16/2021 09:37:23

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Charlie, When I look at your image, the first thing I see is his beautiful, penetrating eyes. They clearly say "I am a cat." To my way of thinking, the eyes have it. To me it doesn't matter if Bogy is not all on focus. His eyes say it all. I took the liberty of cropping to just show his face, and attenuate his eyes a bit more. Although both eyes are brighter, they are deliberately still not equal in brightness, tonality, or contrast.

As an aside, one of my friends said they would send me an image of a cat taped to the wall, while the owner is working.   Posted: 02/20/2021 21:21:33
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Jeff Fleisher   Jeff Fleisher
The eyes obviously captivate the viewer and you did an excellent job creating a very sharp image. I assume that the photograph was captured hand held so the sharpness is very impressive. I agree with others to say that the stuff in the lower right corner is a little distracting.

Very nice image.   Posted: 02/24/2021 21:21:20