Jerry Biddlecom  

Cat in Doorway by Jerry Biddlecom

September 2023 - Cat in Doorway

September 2023 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

Several years back I toured a small town outside of Sevilla, Spain and came across this picturesque setting of a doorway with a cat sitting on the doorstep. I cropped in to rid the composition of a lot of the negative space and squared off the door and frame as much as I was able. I liked the the contrasting geometric patterns and thought the cat added a nice touch to the scene. However, something bothered me about the placement of the cat on the right side while also looking to its right, so I went into PS and used the clone tool to move the cat to the left. I then 'faked' the hole in the door left by the moving of the cat. Shot with my Nikon D500 with 70-300mm lens at about 1,000 fps shutter speed. ISO was maybe around 600.

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5 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
You certainly did a lot of nice work Jerry and I agree with all you say. I love the contrast of the door and curtain designs. However, sometimes I think we read too much into our pictures. I have no problem with the original composition. It is very natural to me and although you did a great job relocating the cat, now it looks out of place to me. Also I wonder why you chose to place it so close to the center and not more to the left. The cat in its original place forms a nice diagonal line with the green mailbox. I would prefer to crop more from the bottom than the top, which cuts off the nice contour of the the door frame. My only suggestion is to eliminate the distracting electric wire at the top left around the door frame.   Posted: 09/07/2023 07:36:00

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with Joe. I actually prefer the original composition, albeit cropped a tad from the top. I also agree with Joe about the cat. It looks more natural next to the door jam than in the middle of the door.   Posted: 09/11/2023 14:45:32

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I agree with Joe and Mike's comments. Framing the doorway with arch structure (minus the wire) and leaving the cat where it is gives a more dynamic image.   Posted: 09/28/2023 13:21:45

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I like the composition in the original with a bit lower off the top and left, and the cat more casually on the right. Great color.   Posted: 09/29/2023 13:37:05

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the way you brought out the arches over the door but wish they weren't cropped as much. I agree with the placement of the cat - I think it should stay on the right.   Posted: 09/30/2023 13:40:24