Seriously, little kitty was crazy tonight. Blood was shed. This picture depicts how I feel sometimes when she in one of her moods.
I've had this idea on the back burner for a while, and finally decided to give it a shot today. Can't say I'm 100% satisfied with the result, but it was fun and, as always, a learning experience.
I hate to point out all of the things that I dislike about it, but I might as well, because if anyone has some advice or feedback on any of the points below, I would looove to hear it! I mean, how else will I ever improve?
Please, be ruthless.
Matching angles and lighting is hard, but I think of all the things I dislike, this is the thing that I dislike the least. If I matched the light well, then the other issues made it not as satisfying.
Creating shadows is hard. I'm at a total loss here. Someone, anyone?
Matching textures is also hard, and this is exacerbated by differing image quality when shots are taken at two different distances, mainly out of necessity. The shot of me was taken about 12 feet away and was surprisingly sharp. The shot of Socks was about 6 feet, and blurry, and a bit raunchy.
However, I was having trouble catching her in focus, which only added to the problem. I had to compensate for all of the grain that was introduced by sharpening her. In the end, I had introduce more grain into the rest of the shot to even it out, and even toss in some other textures to coverup these boo boos. Le sigh.
When it comes to distance, I guess I need to consider different types of monocular depth cues (yes, this is real talk now, kiddies), but I guess Im still trying to figure out how best to capture the initial image with such cues already in place, or how to best capture the image to allow me to introduce them later.
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure which approach would render better results. Also, I'm kind of wondering, even if I exectuted perfectly, how believable would it be that an overgrown kitty cat is chasing a human?