There are times when I think, 'I have my camera with me and nothing is happening' and others when 'I have my camera with me, let me try something'.
This something turned out to be my friends 4 year old long haired cat who was sitting on my lap at the time. Curiosity of course meant the cat would want to poke her nose at my lens so why not snap off a shot or two?
As the caption says, the above is the original shot of the cat. The expression on the feline suggests she is humouring me but with an intention to pounce when I am not looking.
I took this original shot and threw into Topaz Glow. I have used this on many occasions to bring out detail and colour to make a shot stand out more. This was the result.
After which, I noticed the fur growing from behind her head has a smoother quality to it. So this time I threw the picture into Portrait Pro and used the hair tool to smooth out all of the hair but leave the eyes intact. I added a red filter over the top which gave me an idea for the next version.
For the final version I went a little overboard as I normally do. This 'Lord of the Rings' inspired shot was created by using the Ice Cream version, adding more red, along with a smoke layer, a bokeh layer which was stretched and had the Radial filter applied, as well as a debris/star field added and blended in.
Thankfully the cat was not after my one ring at all, just the cat treats in my pocket.