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| p.1 #8 · #53 Love for the Discarded ... |
Wow thank you kindly for all the input. I know that takes time.
Actually, I did not do that much by way of PP ... it is one pass on Nik Silver Effects (an antique filter kind of thing), then slight dodge/burn. There was also some shelter clutter in the background I dodged out.
I'm not sure if any of you wanted a little history, but here goes:
In addition to being on the board (and fostering, 200+ animals, mostly dogs, in the last 10+ years) for my own humane association, in the last few months, I volunteered to take cat/kitten photos every couple weeks down at this high volume county animal control to raise awareness/existence of them for homes for the felines on Petfinder. Their euthanizations were high and without proper Petfinder exposure, the cats lucky enough to find a space were languishing there. It's SO fun to shoot, truly makes my passions merge and I feel great; but the PP is about three hours each time, easy, so a LOT of work. Then, on top of that, my small rescue/shelter intakes a guy or two from that animal control when I am out there, to also try to save more. I took in a neat cat named Steve, who is now my assistant.
I'm sort of behind the 8-ball in that animal control as the light is horrid, the noise is deafening (dogs barking, machines to clean, etc and sadly, the kittens are in a hallway adjacent to that) and there are usually volunteers coming/going, sometimes the kittens look similar and I have to scramble around for the microchip scanner and paperwork. So, especially for the babies, it's the most challenging of circumstances in every way ... I never have much time to adjust any one shot; and I cannot do anything about the lighting. I push my 5D to the limit (always around 1000 ISO) and the only lens that can even handle it is my cheapo 50mm 1.8. I don't really have the money for a $1000+ prime ... I will grab any human who is kind enough to be the "handler" while I shoot.
The woman in the photo does NOT like having her photo taken (seems to be the case with most of the humans I volunteer with), so it was a struggle to have her let me use even this. She was soft enough, so it was a go.
After years and years of shooting dogs for my humane association, the cats have been interesting ... it's very much an adventure! Some just sink into the five minutes of love/handling, like this little sprite, but most look at it as a time to play and be well, a proper kitten ... so with literally 100s of photos, I only come away with one or two that might be useable in some other area ... lots and lots of kitty behinds and blurred shots
The great news is the adoptions are rising quickly as some people will see the photo online, then go down to the shelter and adopt!