I also made some minor adjustments to the composition, lowering my viewpoint slightly and bringing the bunny forward a bit so it partly caught the light.
As with the original capture, I shot with my Olympus EM5 Mark III, my go-to Micro Four Thirds camera. While the camera only has a 20 megapixel sensor, it offers a high-resolution mode, that shifts the sensor ever so slightly over multiple exposures and then blends the frames into a single 60 megabyte raw file. I used this setting for my shoot.
I knew from the original photo that there was an unsightly mass of power cords running down the wall beside the fireplace. In the original photo, I simply used masks in Lightroom to darken down the area, and cropped tighter on the left.
For the new shot though, I had the foresight to place a piece of white card against the wall, covering up the black cords. It was my hope to have a little more flexibility in cropping by do so. More on that a little later...