For this shot, the 55-300mm Nikon DX AF-S 1:4.5-5.6 zoom. My other lens is the 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 version. Both mounted on the Nikon D3200. Super package for someone getting back into photograph and experiencing digital technology for the first time.
This is not just cute. this is a very strong, chunky, plushly furred youngster. Our neighbours have an older version aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… . This breed tends to produce strong willed cats of character.
Simply a cute running cat picture really - but I liked the complementary background colour and the horizontal shadows matching the tabby stripes on her legs. I thought these factors might raise it above the ordinary (just).
I think you warned me of the danger when we first met but I didn't listen did I!
I think there are two types of submission I would make. Both should be sound enough technically. The first would be to please the audience, e.g. the cute cat running. The second, would be the shot that maybe stands aside from the viewer's tastes but has artistic merit in its own right, e.g. the lilies. The second area is the more difficult! If it's both, then so much the better.
I remember you using the word 'bland' about "Built to last...". This might be a similar occasion. However, after discussion you did suggest 'your opinion isn't law' (although you did call me 'silly'!) As always, both than and now - thank you for your input dear critic!
I still say that my opinion isn't law, or worth anymore than the value one places upon it. I try very hard to be honest without being rude or hurtful, it's not one of my strengths unfortunately. If in my attempt to give you constructive feedback Cricket, I hurt your feelings or in some way made you feel less confident. I truly apologize. I do think that you're photos meet both of your said requirements 95% of the time.
Thanks for the compliment. Truly it was a point and shoot moment. The background was a bonus that lifted it beyond the ordinary in my mind but to be honest this only occurred to me when I saw it on the computer.