Valfal

Valfal

Posted on 04/01/2017


Photo taken on March 29, 2017


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Saturday Self-Challenge: Animal Portrait

This week's topic proved a bit more challenging than I thought it would. First of all, the weather was not so good this week, so I couldn't get a good outdoor image. Then I took several indoor shots of both my cats, but the lighting was rather poor, and they wouldn't coorperate on cue, so I decided to "take a lemon and make lemonade" with the situation. I took the best image of the lot and processed it to look high key in B&W. I was so relieved that it turned out halfway decent! :-)

*Non-high key color image in note*

Petar Bojić, Chantal Mandeville, Diff-E-rent, ZombieTonic and 48 other people have particularly liked this photo


78 comments - The latest ones
Kate
Kate
A lovely face and a real looker, Valerie! Fabulous post processing in high key, it certainly brought out superb details too!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Kate
Thanks so much, Kate! :-))
8 months ago.
Kate
Kate
Thank you for posting
your lovely image here!


Cats, Dogs & Horses
are "Friends of Rascal"
8 months ago.
Kate
Kate
This is to acknowledge your participation in our group and it's very much appreciated. Thank you for contributing your beautiful image here and supporting our cause for awareness!

Best regards, Kate

For the Cure:

Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
8 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
I like both lots !
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Pam J
Thank you very much, Pam! :-))
8 months ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
More than half-way decent. It's gorgeous, Val. I would frame this one! Nice lemonade. ;)

The original is also very pretty.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Thank you so much, pal, most appreciated! :-))
8 months ago.
Heidiho
Heidiho
Das ist erstaunlich. Eine gute Entscheidung, b/w & high key.
Deine Katze hat nun den Blick eines alten, weisen Philosophen, Pam !
Volle Konzentration auf die Augen.
Viel besser als das PiP (der bunte Hintergrund lenkt ab, es fehlen die Kontraste).
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Heidiho
Vielen Dank, Heidi! Ich stimme voll und ganz zu, was du über die Farbversion dieses Bildes sagst Deshalb habe ich es auf High Key geändert. Ich habe die Ablenkung des Hintergrundes nicht gemocht. ;-)
8 months ago.
H.-Marie
H.-Marie
Ein beeindruckendes Katzengesicht und ein beeindruckendes Portrait.
Ich wünsche dir noch ein schönes Wochenende, Valerie
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to H.-Marie
Vielen danke, Marie; Hab ein wundervolles Wochenende! :-)
8 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Such a cutie, Val !! You are lucky to have such a lovely pet !!
However I cannot accept your image in Fee NATURE as cats and dogs are not accepted (see the rules). Sorry, my friend !! A big hug to Flame tough !!!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you so much, Marie-claire! Please don't feel sorry that you could not accept my photo in your group. I need to read your rules again (it has been too long!). Thank you for letting me know why you had to reject it, and no problems! :-))
8 months ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Loving them both Val ... you sure do make good lemonade - lol! ;)

I'd also have been tempted to try combining the two shots to create some selective colour. Maybe by putting the high key shot over the other one and then deleting the eyes from the top layer to let the colour come through ... just an idea! :)
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to autofantasia
Thank you so very much for your kind words, Paul! I like your idea for selective color on just the eyes, but I'm not as process savvy as you; PicMonkey is about all I use these days, unless I wish to do SC, then I use a free program called Photoscape. It would be a great project to go back and figure out how to do though, so thanks for the suggestion! :-))
8 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome portrait!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to William Sutherland
Thank you so very much, William! :-))
8 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful animal portrait (like your PiP too).
Have a nice weekend.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thank you so much, Jaap, and I hope you also have a nice weekend :-))
8 months ago.
Jean
Jean
I love your high key processing and your cats expression. I always had cats in the past and am being tempted to have at least one cat again. Your photo is giving me another little nudge.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Jean
Thank you so very much, Jean, most appreciated!
Regarding getting another cat for a pet: go for it! ;-)
8 months ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
superb portrait and work !!!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU…
Thank you so much, Nora, very appreciated! :-))
8 months ago.
Liliane LR
Liliane LR
Il a l'air bien sérieux ce chat !
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Liliane LR
Mon chat ressemble à ça même quand il est heureux, lol! Merci de votre visite et de votre goût, Liliane!
8 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Magnifique sur fond neutre +++++
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Malik Raoulda
Merci beaucoup, Malik! :-))
Bonne week-end, mon ami!
8 months ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
beautiful Val, lovely in high-key
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Wierd Folkersma
Many thanks, Wierd, most appreciated :-))
8 months ago.
Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
attractive work → lovely portrait
have a nice weekend! → Marek-Ewjan
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Marek Ewjan Stachows…
Thank you so much, Marek, very appreciated! :-))
8 months ago.
christel.k
christel.k
ich liebe die high key Aufnahme, nichts lenkt ab von der wunderschönen Katze!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to christel.k
Vielen Dank Christel, am meisten geschätzt! :-))
8 months ago.
Christiane
Christiane
OH ! HOW LOVELY ! *******
LOVE both of the photographs, Valerie.
Wish you a nice week end, my dear friend.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Christiane
Thank you so very much, Christiane, most appreciated!
Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend :-))
8 months ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Tellement BEAUX les deux versions !
BELLE FIN DE SEMAINE….
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Danielle
Merci beaucoup, Danielle, et un belle fin de semaine! :-))
8 months ago.
mfo
mfo
Lovely soft focus effect, wonderful!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to mfo
Many thanks, Matthew, most appreciated! :-))
8 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
A very lovely portrait !
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Ulrich John
Thank you so very much, Ulrich! :-))
8 months ago.
Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath
So beautifully done, Val. The eyes have it. I like the PiP too, but the High key B&W is so much better.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Amelia Heath
Thank you so much, Amelia, very appreciated! I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the high key look. :-))
8 months ago.
Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard
Superbe portrait pour cet adorable minou !
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Hélène Lombard
Merci beaucoup, Helene! :-))
8 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A wonderful portrait Val.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Jeff Farley
Thank you very much, Jeff! :-)
8 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image Val, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Jeff Farley
Thanks again, Jeff! :-)
8 months ago.
HaarFager
HaarFager
Beautiful cat! I see what you mean by looking at your original. But, you did an excellent job with what you had to work with, Val.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to HaarFager
Thank you so very much, Kenny; most appreciated! :-)
8 months ago.
photosofghosts
photosofghosts
Fantastic portrait in b/w !
All the best
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to photosofghosts
Thank you so much, photosofghosts! :-)
8 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Very beautifully done indeed !!!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Larry Drummond
Thank you so very much, Larry! :-)
8 months ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
Way more than half way, Val. A "Lovely Lemon" indeed!

I've seen your wonderful picture in
WoW of the day!
www.ipernity.com/group/142497
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Puzzler4879
Thank you, John, most appreciated! :-)
8 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
happy new week ahead:)
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Annemarie
Thank you so much, Annemarie, I wish the same for you! :-)
8 months ago.
tatranka7
tatranka7
Great capture...
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to tatranka7
Thank you very much, tatranka! :-)
8 months ago.
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj ) I LoVe it here !
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
I LoVe both images Val & Adore !!!
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
Thank you so very much, Marj, most appreciated! :-)
8 months ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
Oh I love this photo - it's likef he's looking at you as if you're invading his privacy!!! LOL I do love the colour - what a gorgeous looking cat, but in monochrome it's a completely different atmosphere.
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Jenny McIntyre
Thank you so very much, Jenny, most appreciated! Actually that is Flame's "come hither and massage me" look; he is a bit of a brush junkie, lol! :-D
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Thank you for sharing your exceptional creation with us,
here in ✴ Digital Dreams ✴
8 months ago.
Valfal has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Thank you very much, June :-))
8 months ago.
Horizon 36
Horizon 36
Amazing capture. Well done Val.
8 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Really turned out well though he doesn't look all that pleased about being photographed.
8 months ago.
Graham Chance
Graham Chance
Superb portrait and processing Val.
8 months ago.
Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac
Très beau portrait. Cordialement. Nicole.
8 months ago.
Eve
Eve
Magnifique photo Valérie ******
8 months ago.
Jaime Blancartë Durán
Jaime Blancartë Durá…
Extraordinaria.
8 months ago.
Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam
Adorable cat and beautiful shots!
7 months ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
What a beautiful pussy cat.
2 months ago.
Chantal Mandeville
Chantal Mandeville
Nice black & white picture! Those are not my favorites but, I love this one! :)
2 months ago.
Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić
Admirable shot!
5 weeks ago.