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Milk Bath Kitties

Better late than never, right?

I did this session on January 2nd, edited three images and then never went back to the folder again. I had intended to write a blog post, but just got too busy. So I decided to finish both the editing and images…finally ;). At the bottom will be a behind the scenes image and the gear/settings info. It was funny because I tried about 5 different kitties (Sphynx and Lykoi) and two couldn’t escape fast enough, and three actually seemed to enjoy themselves! So cats and water can be done..with the right cat! Haha!

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And for fun, I added a bit of strawberry milk powder for a pop of color!

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Behind the scenes….

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I was using a two flash setup. I had a chair pulled between the two lights and shot from above the cats, and yes, I did almost fall in…several times. Haha! I used powdered milk which I whisked into the water to get rid of the clumps. It took approximately two boxes to get the water to have a white appearance (and I only had about 3″ of water in there!). I was still shooting Nikon at that time, so my gear was the Nikon D810 with the Sigma 35 1.4 ART. My settings were ISO 100, SS 1/125, f/3.5. As far as editing these images, mostly I just used hand edits. The actions that I did choose to use were from Chasing Light’s Chemistry set, and GTG’s Lara Jade set.

The kitties loved how the flowers would float away! I spent a lot of time getting on and off the chair to push the flowers back toward them!

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The Magic of Editing

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Yes, this is a silly blog title! But it really does sum up what editing is for me…magic! Different photographers have different things they hope to achieve in their images. Some want to document the moment exactly as it is (like a new image), others want to create images that bring out an old world romantic feeling in their images. For me, I like things to be happy and playful. I like to surround myself with little things that make me smile….glitter, kittens, rainbows, smiling sushi kitchen towels (yes, they exist), kittens, sunshine, hot pink shirts and of course kittens. So for me photography is my way to capture or create a happy place with some of the things I love. I am happy that it seems I have some fans that enjoy my work (shout out to my fans…You two rock!), but I create for myself first to get away from the stresses, drama and sadness of the “real world”. I am sure there will be some that that see these before and afters, and prefer the before images, and that is cool. Some photographers may look at these and say they aren’t pure since I did so much editing, and that is fine too. But I wouldn’t change it. These are for me. Also sometimes I am bad about wishing for perfect lighting, perfect backgrounds, etc….so for me editing helped me to achieve the things I wished for.

All the images below were shot with my Sony A7rII and either my Canon 85 1.2II or my Zeiss 135 1.8. In these first images I used Chasing Light Action’s new Floral Overlays to add some color to the backgrounds of these images. I am having issues uploading images since WordPress’ new update and had to greatly reduce the size of these images, so I apologize for quality.

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For these other images I didn’t use overlays, just typical editing. They were also taken with either the Canon 85 or Zeiss 135 lenses. BA-2 BA-4 BA-2

These two were taken with the new Sony 24-70 2.8 GM.

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I did a lot of hand edits on these in Photoshop. As always the actions used were mainly from Chasing Light… I am addicted to them all!

The Light Overlays in many of the images were from Paint The Moon. I also used the Greater Than Gatsby Editorial actions.

The collar shown on my Dobie is from Sexy Beast.

Once again I apologize for rambling as well as for the image quality. Feel free to ask any questions! 🙂

Cat Show Days

If you have never been to a cat show, I highly recommend you go to at least one! You will never be around a larger group of cat adoring fans..not to mention kitties of every shape, size, color and personality! These are just a few of my favorite images! show-2 Malice fbLykoi fb Cat Show1 Cat Show Cat Show 7 Cat Show 6 Cat Show 5 Cat Show 4 Cat Show 3 Cat Show 2

All images shot with my Nikon D810 and either my Sigma 85 1.4 or Sigma 35 1.4 Art. All with natural light. I tend to carry a small wand in my back pocket or inside my boot and will jingle them to get the cat’s attention. Do make sure that the owner has a good group on their kitty before letting the cat see your toy or you may get a face full of playful kitty. Also keep in mind to not let the cats touch your toy or pet the adorable kitties unless the owners offer. Cat illnesses are easily spread and most owners take many precautions to keep their kitties in tip top shape! The wand shown in the video clips below are from Ceylon’s Wand-erland. She has so many beautiful styles available HERE. They are a cat photography MUST (also they work for most small children and some dogs as well! LOL).

Here is a video with more images and some Lykoi video clips. Enjoy!

Kittens in the Kitchen

This post is going to be a bit photo heavy, but since it is my first session to post here…..stop complaining! I wanted to start with a bang! So today, Julia Rinkles (this is not her real name, but for privacy reasons due to her somewhat skimpy outfit we should protect her identity) is going to teach us how to bake a cake.

Everyone knows the first step in baking is to find a recipe that makes our tummies rumble…

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Sometimes this can be tricky and requires assistance…

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Once a recipe has been decided upon, check your pantry for all the needed ingredients. It is advised that you toss your brothers out of the kitchen at this point due to the horrible messes they create!

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By the way, hats are fun!

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Especially if you can hide in them and play peek-a-boo!

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Enough playtime! Let’s get to work! Start by mixing your dry ingredients…

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Are you sure it is mixed? Mix it just a bit more….

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Now let’s start mixing in the wet ingredients, and don’t worry about the oil….Sphynx brand oil is the best!

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After baking, keep an eye out! Because naughty brothers will sneak in to steal your treat!

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Things can get a bit messy….but that just means it is extra tasty!

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Yum yum!

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For inquiring minds- These images were shot in studio, using three Alien Bee Flash units (lights). Images were taken with my Nikon D810 and Sigma 35 1.4 Art. The settings were- f/7.1, Shutter 1/125, and ISO-100. Edited in Photoshop with mostly hand edits, although I did use a couple actions from Chasing Light Action’s Chemistry Set

I used a piece of clear plexi over the floor drop to prevent permanent damage. The backdrops used are called Polylite and are from LemonDrop Stop and are shown HERE and HERE.