May 18, 2012

Glamour Kitty Shot

Oh, boy.  Just couldn't decide which edit to submit...  It's week 20 already at the Edit Me Challenge!
Here's the original photo, provided by Nancy at A Rural Journal. Take a look at her photo journaling of her country life!

"I am a 52 year-old farm wife and mother of two grown sons. My union iron worker husband and I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in eastern Nebraska, United States. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, knitting, reading, cooking, hiking and blogging (which I've been loving since 2007.) We live on 80 acres of conservation reserve land in a rural county of about 20,000 people. We have three dogs, several farm cats, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and one guinea -- all of which keep me company and extremely busy. My blog is primarily a place to feature my rural photography, talk about what's happening on our quiet, lazy farm and to meet talented, friendly people from all over the world."

It was a blast working on this cat's photo...  we have a familiar feline character at our home as well.  Got to love a cat's life!

So here is the first edit (but not final pick)...  well, I almost picked it. Then I didn't. 
 I love the context of the lilac bush in the photo.

Then I almost picked this one...  

But in the end, by picking a number from one through ten....  I picked out what I call the "Glamour Kitty Shot".  It makes me laugh a bit.  I hadn't intended a close up, because I love the composition of the original photo.  But then a random thought crossed my mind...  what would a glamour shot look like for a cat?  Ha!  So I cropped in tighter, boosted contrast, adjusted brightness, deepened the background, a little dodging and burning... and had a good laugh!  A cat can portray its self-satisfying "I am so wonderful" attitude so well!

My entry:

My family was split in their voting for which edit was entered.
Give me your input!


  1. Karen!! You crack me up!!! LOVE it - this totally MADE*ME*SMILE today! ANd I think you have captured the theme just perfectly in your edit! :-)

    I would have such a hard time choosing a favorite, too.....lilacs are so swoon-y & so I love your first edit, as well. But - good call on the glamor shot for your entry - so creative!!

    Hope you all have a great weekend!

  2. I'm partial to the 2nd edit, only because I love lilacs -- but I love Tuki-cat more, so the last one is definitely a great choice too!

    Thank you for participating in the Edit Me Challenge this week, Karen! :)

  3. I rather like the one you picked, great job on them all.


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