An experiment with backlighting. I adore showing rats in a unusual way, they make such wonderful cute little models
Ęgir, American blue self dumbo rat, born january 2010
He is very cuddly little boy who adores sleeping on my knees or in my sweater (he seems to have a sweater-sleep fetish ) He's a doll ! He comes from an unwanted litter, I couldn't resist his cuteness and adopted him. My boyfriend named him Ęgir after a Giant from the Norse mythology.
Canon EOS 350D Canon EF-S 60mm macro Philips LivingColors lamps black cloth
My goodness, this is a fantastic picture! I absolutely love the lighting. The contrast between the dark background and the light outline of the rat really pulls the rodent into focus.
It's also very nice to have made the rat almost fade into the background along the edges; this pulls the rat's head into even more focus. In two words? Great composition.
The only thing I could really say to help you improve and perhaps create a better picture next time is to bring the whiskers into focus. Being slightly blurred, they appear a little "off" near the sharp focus of the fur on the head; although I suppose it must have been tricky to get this little guy to sit still for a photo
Juste ciel il est magnifique ! Très belle photo, la lumière dessine parfaitement bien le contour, et met en valeur le poil de ce si beau rat. Cela me rend cependant un peu triste, j'ai toujours désiré avoir un rat, mais mon entourage a une sainte horreur de ces animaux, ce qui ne facilite pas les choses. , _ ," Bref, encore une magnifique photo!
I like your lighting experiment! Reminds me of lighting they cast on rats in movies (which i still think look cute XD). I enjoy the contrast between the low-key yellow backlighting and purple-ish blue glow in his fur from the foreground.
I do not have the option to critique, but I just wanted to say in contrast to what jinchuriki2 said. Though I would like to see the same shot with the foreground whiskers in focus, to see over all preference. However, I kind of like that they're soft in this image. There are no hard white lines cutting through the face. Allowing the face to be the focus, which being so up close and personal with your lovely rat.
The image gives me a sense of nobility and courage. There is also a strong sweetness. This image could certainly accompany a story about a rat with such qualities. Or I bet Eddie and Jeff would have this image follow up their song "Rats." (A song about how rats are better than people. Homage to Micheal Jackson's "Ben").