Michael Nath  

Caged Cat by Michael Nath

January 2021 - Caged Cat

January 2021 - Michael Nath


About the Image(s)

Attached is my image for January for Study Group 93. Also attached is the original unedited file for comparison. The original was photographed on film and scanned to produce a digital file (no data recorded). I was drawn to the presence of the "thousand yard stare" seen in so many military combat veterans. I did not like the plain background and lack of texture so I began experimenting with various filters provided by Topaz. The end result is multiple layers with different filters and varying degrees of opacity. Any comments are appreciated.


9 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Gotta love Topaz! The "glass block" effect from your filter and the "stare" you caught from the Cat, makes your image hypnotic! Nice   Posted: 01/03/2021 10:47:04
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I appreciate it. I will admit, Topaz filters are an effective anti-boredom device for me during all the Covid lockdowns that are in effect when we are unable to get out and about.   Posted: 01/03/2021 12:51:57

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
The two aspects of this photo that positively impress me the most are the intensity in the eyes of the tiger and the depth of color and contrast with the yellow/orange paired with the black spots of the tiger. I like the composition with the horizontal/vertical squares formed by the cage and the positioning such that the eyes are accentuated by being enclosed in two of the central squares. For me, the lighting is good in that it is intense enough to increase the strength of the image while not being over exposed. Finally, I really like the effect of the Topaz filtering with the "glass block" effect creating a surreal aspect. I like it!   Posted: 01/10/2021 12:08:10
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ed, I appreciate it.   Posted: 01/11/2021 09:38:09

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
I like both the original and PS versions!! You had a very capture of this big cat!!   Posted: 01/11/2021 15:30:40
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Jean, I'm glad you liked them both.   Posted: 01/11/2021 16:33:36

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Very interesting image. I like what the filter did to thebackground, but I like the original image for the tiger itself (especially the eyes). I don't use Topaz for these sort of things, but I am wondering if you can partially mask certain areas of the image to decrease the impact of the filter where it is not needed.   Posted: 01/24/2021 11:55:48
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Topaz filters create a separate layer from within Photoshop or Affinity. After the layer has been created, you can manipulate that layer in any fashion that you wish including adding a layer mask. If, like me, you create several separate layers using Topaz then you can add separate layer masks in different areas of the image on each of the separate layers created by Topaz. Blending and opacity options also exist for each layer also. The various combinations that become possible are essentially limitless. When all else fails, experimenting with all the possibilities is a great time killer during this age of self quarantine due to covid-19.   Posted: 01/25/2021 12:01:54
Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Thanks Mike   Posted: 01/25/2021 15:44:54


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