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I thought about making various jokes on the "cat" theme. But - why?

Model is the lovely Tiffany ([link]) shot in Oleg Volk's studio. The cat is Gremlin.

Some funny things happened while I was shooting at Oleg's. First off, I started with the lights set up the way he had them. Subconsciously, as I kept shooting, I was moving the lights and adjusting the settings until - presto! - I was right back to shooting my "usual" lighting. He has a huge softbox on a boom arm and I took it off the arm and rested it on a step-ladder so that it was right at floor level, at right angles to the model. There was a light behind the sweep (serving as a flash trigger) and I kept turning its power lower and lower until it was barely acting as a fill. One thing this illustrates is that the actual light units don't mean much; if you use whatever light you have in the same way the resulting photos will look pretty much the same.

Postwork - heavy desaturation (-20) and a flare layer. Tiffany's skin is very pale and the light reflected a lot of pink tones off of her. Desaturating the image seemed like it was a good idea, so I tried it.
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baddydash Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member
Charming cat.
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rudirei Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
hi i used here [link] thx for showing beautiful pict
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felby Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Student
Mmm...
web ini bagus banget... bannyak seklai pilhan2 pictures.... namun sayangnya aq tidak bisa berbahasa Inggris, jadi aq nggak ngerti apa yang dikatakan oleh temen2 yang ada di sini.
ahhhh.. begililah nasib jika orang tidak smart....
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've really got me with this one.

I love the colors used, especially with desaturation--her skin comes out as an incredible shade with a vintage/gothic tone. And I love fabric, because, well, I love fabric. And kitty!

So yeah, I love this.
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
She's lovely, amazing picture. :)
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JDewantiArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
used your stock here : [link]
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
These are my finished artworks not stock. Please restrict yourself to using the photos in [link] for photocomposite stock. Thank you!

It's lovely work!
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JDewantiArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ah ok.... thanks...
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:iconhardcoreboy:
Hardcoreboy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
very nice, love the colors!!! :)
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:iconsilver3286:
silver3286 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
if it ain't broke don't fix it
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:iconwiebestavast:
wiebestavast Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Beautifull picture!
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007   Photographer
Gorgeous work, Marcus.
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heliotropium Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Little wonder,
Great capture!

Nice to wait for her, the black cat,
the tule, what a nice composition!

Congratulations, Marcus!
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:iconcseprem:
cseprem Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
ha ha.. awesome shot... well done..
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:iconthe-twitching-peanut:
Wonderful
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:iconsequeena:
Sequeena Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
You've been featured here [link] ! :D
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Thank you; it's an honor.
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eroticrobotix Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
absolutely beautiful. it was interesting also to read your comments on it and the process
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Hennauoti Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
:heart:
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:iconballsoffury:
BallsoffurY Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
gorgeous...also seems youve picked up some slight textures on her right thigh...but i could be seeing things.
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:iconsemeuse:
semeuse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007   Photographer
yup - all about the cat, um I mean, light

nicely done
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:iconcinecraft:
cinecraft Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
So silky & Great Shot
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megatorg Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds me of a funny story from college. I lived in the town I went to college. Had a cat. It went missing for a while. Next time I say it was during a lecture. It sauntered out on stage while the prof was lecturing. Had a laught bc he spent about 10 minutes chasing it around the stage ;)
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
:) cats know they're the boss.

See, now - a dog. You just say, "please come here." and he does. I like dogs.
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:iconmegatorg:
megatorg Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
see...i knew my cats were strange. they actually come to me when I call.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
You know cats...any stray piece of fabric laying around is instant kitty bed.
MJB
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:iconxaltair:
xaltair Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
the cat's in the cradle and the...
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:iconkilted-saru:
Kilted-Saru Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
This reminds me of "The cat who walked through walls" <oo>
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justanothergeek Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
lovely
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The1Blur Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh so nice.. so nice...
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cross1492 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Great shot!

There is a misconception that more equipment = better shots.

It is refreshing to hear another photographer say that you don't need certain equipment, but rather that you need to know how to use what you have.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
There is a misconception that more equipment = better shots.

Yep.

What's weird, though, is that having good/the right equipment is a real help to a beginner. Advanced artists can do fine with makeshift stuff because they understand it. Masters can make do with basically anything. But a beginner is already trying to deal with so many different parameters (they haven't figured out which ones are important, yet) that trying to also make do can overload them into helplessness.

I always wanted to teach a class for intermediate photographers on "how to stop thinking like a beginner." But I haven't figured that out, myself, yet. ;)
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Lucky cat...

and the kitty too.
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tigi-si Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
without the cat in that angle it would be perfect.. or with the cat next to her.
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seeingVenus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
I love the way you light these beautiful women! I need to see if I can't replicate your set up for my own photography experiments.

Gorgeous photo, btw!
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:iconartboy13:
artboy13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
gorgeous shot
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PoliteYetPeculiar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I love how this turned out. :boogie:
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markhh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Funnily enough Marcus, I see a beautifuly romantic painting in this one...

..c'est la vie!

Have fun! Mark HH
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
wondrous, as always. Kudos
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StudioFovea Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
flare layer?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Yep, very mild. Good catch - I forgot to mention it.
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
I got to say it lol this one of my if not my absolute fav of yours I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kitty, kitty, kitty...
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sweetangel1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
very beautiful :heart:
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eawyne Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
This is a very nice shot =) I really like th use of the draperie and the attitude Tiffany has... How did Gremlin "act" ? =P

The lady is truly lovely, and the use of a cat adds something to the mood, very nice ^^
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mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Gremlin kept tangling himself up in the drapery and chewing on Tiffany's toes.
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eawyne Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Can't expect much else from a posing cat, to fool around but stand still =P But maybe did it help for great improvised shots ?
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fergi111 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The set up is an amazing effect.
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Karim-sama Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Beautiful Shot!

The model is gourgeus! she has freckles ^_^
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restrainedbyculture Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors look great, and still very natural I think, even with the desaturation.
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