[Play Raw] A cat's portrait



I got a new lens (Sony E 50mm 1.8) so I decided to try it by taking a portrait of my cat. Framing a restless cat turned out to be a challenge, but in the end I think I did get a pretty good picture (in my opinion, critique is very welcomed). But then I wondered what options do I have to post process it?

This is my attempt (little sharpening, a bit of local contrast and a slight white balance to get some warmer shade):

Original raw: DSC02876.ARW (23.8 MB)
This file is licensed (Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike).

(pphoto) #2

Wow, great shot. I would keep it mostly as it is, there is just a bit of chromatic aberration in the fur and I would denoise it a bit more.
Maybe you can find a place with more light to photograph the cat so you can go down to ISO 100

(Glenn Butcher) #3

This is Katelynn, Glenn Butcher’s granddaughter. He helped me make two renditions of this photo:

And we also did this one to make the colors closer to yours:

I love cats, my grandpa called me upstairs to show me your image and we both just started working on it. This picture was taken very well, I really liked how the background sorta faded so the cat was the main focus of the image. Thanks for posting this image! Working on it was a great deal of fun!

(Mica) #4

These are delightful renditions, Katelynn! Great work.

(St.Stephen) #5

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@guyru Nice cat and sharp eye. What’s its name? Does your Sony have that eye focusing feature?

@ggbutcher Welcome to the forum, Katelynn. Glad you had fun. Come by more often. :smile:


I like the photos of people’s pets here :slight_smile:
so nice animals and great portraits
especially this animal is very beautiful

(senpai) #8

darktable 2.60
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(Thomas) #10

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(Stefan Chirila) #11

LOOOVE this cat :heart:
will post an edit once I’m home!


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The cat’s name is Nika :-).
My sony as the eye-AF but it doesn’t recognize the cat’s face or eyes. I moved the focus point to where i wanted to get the eye and chased the cat a bit around the house until I framed it as I wanted, having the eye in the right place.

It’s a great opportunity for me to learn to better use Darktable. I tried to used it before switching to Rawtherapee, after i didn’t get pleasing enough results. But I really like renditions made here with Darktable, so i’m going to give it another try.

(Glenn Butcher) #14

We need a video of that. :smile:

Edit: BTW, @guyru thank you very much for an opportunity to connect with my granddaughter. She’s an artistic sort, and I think this opportunity gave her pause to consider adding photography to her repertoire.

(Stefan Chirila) #15

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Gonna make this preset part of the new customCHROME :slight_smile:


Just wondering. I read that pet AF is coming soon. :cat::dog:

(Shreedhar Inamdar) #17

Hi @guyru. Very nice picture. Since you also asked for opinions, here is what I feel. I understand that one is excited to use the shallowest of DOF but I think that the photo would have been better if both eyes and the ears of the cat were in sharp focus. This photo is somewhat disconcerting (to me) because I feel that the cat is materializing out of thin air and the eye that is in focus does not look friendly (to me)!!
Here is RawTherapee version. LAB and Wavelet tabs with a little bit of Haze Removal.
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(Gys Van Zyl) #18

My try using darktable:

DSC02876.ARW.xmp (5.8 KB)


Thanks for the feedback. I need to pay more attention to DoF than merely as “blurring” the background.


With RawTherapee neutral, GIMP and G’MIC… something different…
Lots of local contrast filters, so a lot of noise :smirk_cat::