Since Ctein actually posted a picture of a flower—a pink flower, no less—I'm going to use that as an excuse to sneak this on to the blog. This is Ginny, the latest addition to my brother and sister-in-law's household.
Not only is it a picture of a kitten, it conforms to just about every "rule" of composition you can think of. Clear visual center (the eyes)—rule of thirds (bang on)—limited, harmonious color palette, predominantly cool, with warm accents (the three gold dots)—selective focus (note those razor-sharp whiskers...why is it that so many people on digital forums say you can't achieve selective focus with "small" APS-C sensors? I must be ig'nant, because I do it all the time). Note how the "lines" created by the fingers and the kitten's legs follow the direction she's looking.
I'm so ashamed...given my genial loathing for flower pictures and my philosophical contempt for clichés, how can I even turn the camera on a kitty? Granted, she's a member of the family, but still, I think I'm going to have to come to terms with my proclivity to photograph cats from time to time...is there a "cat photographer's anonymous"?
6 MP, ISO 400, 1/30th at ƒ/2.8.
Featured Comment by David: "Yeah..nice, pretty cat. But what the commercials don't convey are the litter boxes, the fleas, the hairballs they choke up on your pillow...If you look carefully for the deeper meaning in that photo you will find that it is an ironic treament and the significance of the three lights in the background suggests that the army of good has lost to the army of evil. They are out of focus and this can only imply that God's time has come and gone...So, I'd title it: 'Facade of Certain House Chores and Furniture Replacement.' "
Featured Comment by mph: "You know what it really needs? A humorous, ungrammatical caption in a big, white Impact font."
Mike replies: Something like this?
I think I've now ruined my reputation forever....
Reply by mph: Actually, I was thinking of something like this...
...But, yeah, yours works too.