Canon 5D with EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens
ISO 200 f/1.8 1/160
Spot metered on her furry face right between the eyes because this is definitely a situation where your camera's light meter can be fooled. I wanted to make sure the cat was properly exposed.
Here's the resulting shot SOOC:
Definitely not the world's greatest shot but oh, those eyes... there was just something about those beautiful golden eyes that appealed to me. So, I spiffed it up a bit and here's how:
First, I did my normal adjustments in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) - a little bit of exposure adjusting, added some contrast - you know, the usual stuff. I also used the Adjustment Brush in ACR to lighten up her eyes just a little bit. Then, I opened up the image in Photoshop CS5 and cropped it.
Nicky is an outside cat and her fur is a little rough so to soften it up a bit I ran a free Photoshop action called Soft Summer (in the Summer Days set) that I got from Pure Photoshop Actions. (I masked off the effects of the action on her eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers with a Layer Mask so they remained sharp.)
Next, I added two textures from Shadowhouse Creations:
Pollution (from this set) - Blend Mode on Multiply at 15% opacity
Canvas 1 (from this set) - Blend Mode on Multiply at 100% opacity
Finally, I added a grungy border. That's all there was to it!