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