Plus & Minus weekly critique - Pets

June 12th, 2016
Carrying on a weekly critique theme started by @myhrhelper - the goal of this weekly thread is to help us hone our composition and editing skills, as well as improve our ability to provide helpful constructive criticism.

This weeks theme is "pets"


Posting Rules:

(1) Post a photo that fits the weekly theme. It may be a photo you just took or a photo you took some time ago that you like.
(2) Do NOT post a photo if your feelings get hurt easily –
(3) Also keep in mind the comments are often someone’s opinion and their opinion may be different than yours so you may learn something or not.
(4) TAG your photo "plusminus-pets"
(5) TITLE the photo you post so others can refer to the title when commenting.

Commenting Rules:

(1) You will make a plus & minus comment on as MANY PHOTOS as you would like to comment on.
(2) Your comment must include at least One positive comment of what you specifically like about the photo (No More than THREE positive). Generic comments such as “great shot” does not count as a positive feedback.
(3) Your comment must ALSO INCLUDE One improvement suggestion (NO More than THREE suggestion of improvement per photo per person). Generic comments such as “I don’t like it” doesn’t count as a suggestion of improvement.
(4) YOU MAY NOT COMMENT ON A PHOTO IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SAY A PLUS AND MINUS ON THE SAME PHOTO. In other words something positive AND an improvement suggestion.
(5) Keep comments to photos relatively brief
(6) REFER TO THE PHOTO TITLE if provided when commenting

Previous themes:
1. architecture
2. portraits
3. black and white
4. landscape
5. pets
June 12th, 2016
a picture from me to kick things off
June 12th, 2016
I like the light and the minimalist composition.
The plant on the left distracts me. I would darken or remove it.
June 12th, 2016
@tigerdreamer thanks Karen, it is a bit distracting i agree, do you have a pet photo for critique?
June 12th, 2016
LAZY CAT's an old one of the old cat. suggestions?

June 12th, 2016
+ The eyes really show well.
- I don't think all that space to the right and below adds much, and I would crop it down so the cat fills the frame.
June 13th, 2016
Hi have tried the tag
"plus minus-pets" to view , with the possibility to add but no joy .
Can you please advise thank you Dawnee
June 13th, 2016
@dawnee hi dawnee, if you mean you would like to add your photo here in this thread you click the three dots below the photo in your project, and a box comes up with an imbed code in it, click in the box so it goes blue then copy and paste that code here.
June 13th, 2016
@houser934 i think cropping, as Frank suggested, would make you think about the negative shapes to make your composition more concise and bring the cat to full attention. i like the combonation of the grey fur with the red boards, you could try playing with saturation/vibrance to enhance this.
June 13th, 2016
@dawnee oh and the tag has no space between plus and minus, tags have to be all one word or hyphenated. you can click on my picture and go to the tag from there, only two photos there at present
June 15th, 2016
June 15th, 2016
@houser934 love the stretch that you have captured, but would have gotten a bit lower to her face for a slightly more connected feeling.

@kali66 great lighting but I might of taken a slightly closer photo of her to see more of the positive space of the cat.
June 16th, 2016

Plus - Great expression and warm feeling.
Minus - Layout...puppy's nose seems a little close to the left, especially because it blends with the sleeve fabric. If that was the edge of the photo, then I'd crop in a little on the right (about at the cuff) to balance.
June 17th, 2016
Again, I come in quite late in the week. Here is a photo of mine that I posted a while back. It's of my son's cat taken at his apartment. I really like the fact that her eyes are so visible in this shot (sometimes hard to get with her black fur around them). I wish the background weren't as cluttered, and should have cropped some from the right. Any suggestions on how I can improve it would be appreciated.

June 17th, 2016
@phillyphotos Paula,
plus - I super love the expression on the human face and that is an adorable little dog. Wonderful moment you've caught.
minus - I find myself a bit distracted by the bright areas (window I assume) behind the man's head. I'm not sure how exactly to do it, but I imagine there is a way to tone that down without messing up the rest of it. On the right, maybe simply cloning it out? On the left...don't know.
June 17th, 2016
plus - I like all the curves of the cat's body - paws curled around etc and the nice clear and sharp shot of him/her.
minus - I'll agree with others about cropping. I also think a little more contrast would help -- a bit more saturation and increasing highlights some perhaps?
June 17th, 2016
plus - I love the natural sunlight and the way it highlights her whiskers and makes her stand out from the background with that white fur on her chest.
minus - I also find the plant distracting. Instead of cloning or darkening, I'd just crop it off. I too like the minimalist look, but think you'd still have enough negative space.
June 17th, 2016
November 18th, 2019
@kali66 is plus-minus still active? I love this idea.
November 18th, 2019
@mzzhope no, havent seen it in ages, i had forgotten it was even a thing lol
why dont you start it up again :)
November 18th, 2019
@mzzhope i wouldnt do themes though, just whatever people would like critiqued, numbers are down for all challenges being end of year.
January 2nd, 2021
April 12th, 2021
@houser934 I very much like this composition just the way it is. I really like the way the cat is stretching out and looking at the camera. I do find the image a little flat. Perhaps warming it slightly and boosting the saturation on the red boards would make it pop a little more. I might even add a subtle vignette to focus attention on the cats face. Overall though I really like this.
July 12th, 2021
@brotherone +: I like how you got close up! This is something many pet photographers forget to do! The colors are crisp and clear and the contrast is nice on this image.

-: I personally find the vignetting somewhat distracting. I've also noticed that the dog's ear has had editing done around while making the DOF you made. I find the top right corner a bit distracting due to the sudden shift in lighting.

Two cents: Check your image background carefully when doing edits like above.
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