Hello! I'm here on behalf of because your piece was in the group's "critique requested" folder.
This is overall a lovely photo (I love cats so I couldn't resist) but could admittedly use a little work; I think the main thing is that it's a little bit dim and sort of takes away from the cat's coloring, particularly the eyes, which I think are most cats' most striking feature. I saw that you used a very high ISO and fast shutter speed; I'd suggest slowing down the shutter speed just a bit, so that we can get really white snow that reflects nicely in those big green eyes. Another thing is, when photographing animals, a lot of the best images I've ever seen were taken from the animal's perspective--so while this image is good--in focus, pretty good exposure, decent composition--I (personally) think it could be great if you'd ducked down (even in the snow) so that you were level with the cat--or even looking up a little bit! That perspective can make all the difference, and it's kind of amazing how much more expression animals have when we get at their level (it also helps to create a generally more professional-looking image overall). So that's the main things I'd recommend working on, though overall the image is pretty good: I love that you used a longer focal length with a smaller aperture for this, because it gives you that lovely shallow depth-of-field around the cat while keeping the animal itself in focus, and because of this we can see the details of the snow in its fur--that's kind of unusual for animal photography, but I'm really glad you did this, it looks great! I also really like the pose and expression you caught here, the kitty looks both a bit ferocious and curious--those differing personalities are some of the best things about cats, and I love that you captured that here.
Sorry this is so long, but I hope there's something in this critique that you find useful. It's a lovely image, so keep it up! (also pet that cat for me, s/he looks adorable!)
Thank you sooo much for your review! It helps me a lot and is much appreciated. c: Yeah, the dim light really bothers me. I took a snapshot of my cat running towards me, so I wasn't really able to adjust the camera. :/ I'll make sure to give your advice a shot! c: Seriously, I never gave the angle of the camera a second thought...but now that you mention it... :> Damn, why didn't I think of it earlier? Oh stop it you! Your compliment makes me blush (and beam with joy)!
It's okay, I don't mind, because your critique is sooo good and useful! c: Awww. Haha, okay...I did - she enjoyed it very much and told me to say hi to you. :>
I adore cats and maybe thats why I'll give my opinion for this photo. I know its mission impossible to photo some cats (like mine) especially when they are outside, and its snowing, so this minor thing can be fixed rather quickly in digital-way (until you dont learn perfect technical side of photography, don't worry It took me few years to learn how, and still I have problems with it).
Retouching the picture in PS - Shadows&Highlights or Curves so the cat would pop up from the picture, while preserving the textures of the fur. Remember to work in separate layers and masks! You will see the difference between the snow, and the cat. The snowflakes are also great addition to the concept of the picture, kudos for that !
And one thing that is always bugging me and I really dont know if anyone told you but "cool down" with the logo. If you ask me, fuse it with the background. Put transparency on 10% and use smaller font. Make it a part of the picture, not to be so visible Oh yes, and make a custom watermark... write your name, nickname, scan it and turn it in to a brush!
Thanks for your comment! :> I'm sorry, but I really have no skills in editing photos. It's just something I think is very hard to learn. :/
And about the watermark: Sometimes I agree with your opinion. I tried it a few times, but I don't pay that much attention to watermarks. So i usually just type in my name and leave it at that. Maybe I'll think about it more in the future