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Catnip Bubble
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mmckenna


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Challenge: Bubbles II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Apr 23, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2007

I bounced my 430EX flash off the ceiling while my wife provided the falling catnip bubbles. Luckily I caught a bubble in the same plane as Cali's head (after many shots of course) She was a very cooperative subject.



Statistics
Place: 1 out of 172
Avg (all users): 7.4965
Avg (commenters): 8.2549
Avg (participants): 7.1912
Avg (non-participants): 7.5917
Views since voting: 14021
Views during voting: 511
Votes: 286
Comments: 102
Favorites: 35 (view)


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05/19/2007 01:03:20 AM
a wonderful moment !

a good composition of a picture and a winningness capture !

congratulations !

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05/16/2007 12:14:22 PM
VERY cool!
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05/07/2007 03:42:43 AM
That is SO AWESOME!!! COngrats!
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05/05/2007 09:24:33 PM
What a fantastic image!! Such a delight to look at - makes me smile and wonder what exactly Cali is thinking about. Congratulations on the blue and a whopper of a new personal best! Awesome!!
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05/05/2007 05:26:47 PM
Very nice photo...congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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05/05/2007 01:48:40 PM
What a wonderful capture. Very natural photo which disproves the myth that "real" photos can't win at DPC. Congrats, awesome photo.
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05/05/2007 01:39:33 AM
Absolutely gorgeous photo.
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05/03/2007 09:40:20 AM
What an absolutely PERFECT photo! I hope she got LOTS of yummy treats for such a stellar job of modeling :)

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05/03/2007 01:51:23 AM
Beautiful
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05/02/2007 10:27:29 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! This was one of my favorites in the challenge
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05/02/2007 04:45:29 PM
Oftentimes, one falls into an inner debate about the top five images and which one truly deserves the highest honor in one particular challenge. Well, this image rises to the very top on its own weight. It is a simple capture but in that simplicity we are catapulted into the felines sense of wonder. The composition is just right and one walks away fully entertained and happy to have seen this gem of an image. The good craftmanship adds to its delight.

Congratulations on your BLUE!
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05/02/2007 03:22:38 PM
This is gorgeous! The bubble is sharp and clear. You totally captured kitty's moment of anticipation. Congrats on the blue!
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05/02/2007 02:10:07 PM
Wonderful capture. Congrats on the blue.
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05/02/2007 11:57:49 AM
This blue ribbon is great on so many levels. For one, congratulations - not even 10 entries and you've made a huge leap to a 7+ score - wow. And then a cat in first place of a challenge that is not a cat or pet study - go cats!! :o)
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05/02/2007 11:53:10 AM
well deserved! What a beautiful kitty. You captured what all us cat lovers love, personality! would be excellent for stock photography!
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05/02/2007 11:52:27 AM
Congrats on your win!!! Great shot!!
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05/02/2007 10:21:21 AM
Congrats on your first Ribbon and new Personal Best!! Great shot, well deserved placement! Bravo!
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05/02/2007 10:08:18 AM
This was my favorite in this challenge, I'm so glad that you ribbon.
Fantastic shot, and what a beautiful cat!!
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05/02/2007 09:42:01 AM
Congratulations for getting the blue on this wonderful image. I love it! I couldn't wait to see how this picture did, and am pleased that other viewers enjoyed it also. Way to go!!
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05/02/2007 08:49:23 AM
Congratulations! Very well done.
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05/02/2007 08:29:47 AM
Hooray! This was my favorite of the challenge. I'm so pleased and surprised (because it's a pet shot) to see it get the blue. Congratulations!
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05/02/2007 08:19:05 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, I bet you were very excited to see that. Keep up the great work.
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05/02/2007 07:53:35 AM
Yes! ! blue ribbon for a cat shot. Congrats.
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05/02/2007 07:38:56 AM
nice to see a great photo win and not a great image win
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05/02/2007 07:03:58 AM
Congrats on your Blue!!! Well done!!!
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05/02/2007 05:14:08 AM
Superb shot!!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!!
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05/02/2007 04:51:23 AM
Really nice shot and a stand out in this challenge for me. Especially good score on DPC for a cat shot. Just a fantastic composition and light and great use of DOF. Well done.
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05/02/2007 02:50:15 AM
Congrats - first ribbon, first blue, and personal best all in one. I loved this shot. :)
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05/02/2007 02:50:10 AM
A refreshing image - so glad you won the blue. Such lovely clarity and just so "Cat" - poised, perfect and sedate. congratulations!
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05/02/2007 02:47:47 AM
I've never thought to try this - not the photograph, which is GREAT and congrats on the blue!! - but blowing bubbles to the cats. What an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing the shot - and you have a very lovely cat. Congrats again!
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05/02/2007 02:47:29 AM
I thought this might be a winner. Congrats!
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05/02/2007 02:47:15 AM
congrats on the blue!
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05/02/2007 01:58:14 AM
oh my a cat pitcher gets a blue ribbon! you must know
how good this is for that to happen.
congrats, very sweet, love the reflection of kitty in the bubble.
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05/02/2007 01:38:49 AM
YO cat! you win!
I gave u 10 and u got blue! meow meow!! :D
rock on cat!

The cat looks like my cat..but my cat is over-weight.
great shot and congrat!
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05/02/2007 01:34:45 AM
Congrats!
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05/02/2007 12:52:45 AM
A blue on your fourth challenge. Well done!!!
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05/02/2007 12:48:18 AM
Congrats on your blue! Now I'm gonna have to try those and see if Squeaky Kee likes them!
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05/02/2007 12:33:56 AM
Awesome Shot!! Congrats!
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05/02/2007 12:27:25 AM
Great image Mike, congrats on the Blue.
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05/02/2007 12:16:32 AM
I'm speechless... Thanks for all the great comments and high votes.

Also, a big thank you to my wife, Amy for patiently blowing bubbles above our cat, Cali until my ceiling bounce flash caught one just right.

Message edited by author 2007-05-02 00:17:26.
05/02/2007 12:16:15 AM
absoltuely MEOW-velous dahling!! I loved it was one of your 10s! So glad you BlueRibboned!!
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05/02/2007 12:11:08 AM
congrats on the blue! a terrific image.
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05/02/2007 12:09:19 AM
This has such amazing sharpness I love the reflections in the bubble and can totally imagine the cat jumping for it
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05/02/2007 12:07:54 AM
Way to go on the 1st ribbon...and a blue, I loved this picture!
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05/02/2007 12:06:05 AM
Ooh, a cat takes the blue! Very nice. Catnip bubbles are the greatest...I hold the wand in front of the fan and the cats lose their minds. Congrats. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2007 11:58:01 PM
My fav and hopefully the blue ribbon, 10
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05/01/2007 08:48:48 PM
lol just adorable. Excellent clarity and sharpness, as well as composition!
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05/01/2007 02:34:18 PM
cute cat :) did you plan this shot (nice idea!) or did it just happen spontaneously?
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05/01/2007 02:30:59 PM
Lol.. Lovely image! Its just perfect. Exposure, sharpness, controlled background, lighting, its all there with a perfect model and superb timing. You will do well I am sure.
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05/01/2007 01:27:17 PM
A family album keeper, for sure. priceless expression. 7
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05/01/2007 01:12:28 PM
This is beautiful. The cats expression is perfect.
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05/01/2007 01:05:39 PM
Great focus.. Nice shot..
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05/01/2007 11:46:30 AM
Cute! And the uncluttered background really helps.
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05/01/2007 09:32:23 AM
great capture
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04/30/2007 11:18:57 PM
cute
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04/30/2007 10:28:38 PM
cute
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04/30/2007 07:34:55 PM
great shot
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04/30/2007 02:40:33 PM
Wow I love the cat-eye bubble! Extreme focus, great shot! (Ribbon material! :P)
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04/30/2007 11:15:12 AM
My ex-cat, Baby Kitty looks like this.
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04/30/2007 07:25:12 AM
The best...resembles my kitty..
I just love your picture.
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04/29/2007 07:58:17 PM
Well done! High score from me.
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04/29/2007 06:15:41 PM
Excellent capture! Everything is crystal clear, and the cat's expression is great.
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04/29/2007 04:34:45 PM
So far the best bubble picture I've seen.
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04/28/2007 11:39:05 PM
i think the best photo of this challenge! I love it. it fits the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". great shot.
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04/28/2007 11:22:07 PM
I hope this makes the front page. Adorable expression captured in the cats face. You did a nice job of getting the cat and the bubble in the same focal plane to eliminate the bg via DOF. Good luck in the challenge.
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04/28/2007 09:07:46 PM
As a cat lover, I think this is an awesome picture. The contents of the bubble is so creative! Love it.
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04/28/2007 08:45:18 PM
Very good capture! My cat doesn't even notice those catnip bubbles.
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04/28/2007 02:31:06 PM
great catch!
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04/27/2007 10:46:39 PM
I tried this, but my cat ran from the bubbles. Great detail and the lighting looks perfect. Nice job.
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04/27/2007 09:34:11 PM
Haha, cute.
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04/27/2007 08:10:31 PM
Very good! I tried this, but my cat wouldn't cooperate.
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04/27/2007 04:54:05 PM
Very nice. This is a great idea. This shot was very well composed and I like the clutter free background. 9

bumping to 10
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04/27/2007 03:41:45 PM
Great lighting on bubble, and great intensity on cat's face.
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04/26/2007 10:43:51 PM
I love it!!!
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04/26/2007 09:34:57 PM
Very nice: the bubble like a marble which is like a cat's eye.
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04/26/2007 07:12:04 PM
Cute! I think a closer crop would be better though. Wonderful dof.
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04/26/2007 05:29:27 PM
Awwww. This is very sweet. I love cats anyway. How many shots did you take to get this one? Good Luck.
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04/26/2007 03:35:26 PM
a really clear shot and a very nice story!
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04/26/2007 10:10:18 AM
This is a unique capture - just perfect
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04/26/2007 09:01:08 AM
This is great...the cats interest in the bubble is captured perfectly! The framing and DOF couldn't be any better.

All this coming from a guy who doesn't like cats. Dogs Rule!!! :-)
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04/25/2007 07:41:32 PM
Sweet
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04/25/2007 07:29:35 PM
That must have been really hard to get that shot. Great Job.
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04/25/2007 05:24:59 PM
Aww this is cute. Very nice crisp focus. Love the warm colors of the cat. Amazed you were able to get the cat to sit so still without swatting at the bubble. It is great how the bubble is very crisp and you see reflections. Nicely done.
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04/25/2007 02:57:51 PM
I'd love to see the outtakes from this, too! Very nice expression on the cat, and reflection in the bubble.
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04/25/2007 01:04:10 PM
A very good capture and perfect depth of field
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04/25/2007 11:58:05 AM
I like this image a lot, its very nice. Good Job!
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04/25/2007 11:01:34 AM
This image is excellent. I love the composition and lighting is great. Great Job!
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04/25/2007 10:56:50 AM
aww! i love this. very in focus and clear. the bubble's position in the image is great.
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04/25/2007 10:36:57 AM
Beautiful!!! 10
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04/25/2007 10:30:50 AM
Ah so cute! Great composition and lovely lighting
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04/25/2007 10:29:09 AM
excellent capture! I love the cat's expression, did the paw come up right after you shot this one? Really nice
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04/25/2007 10:08:36 AM
Fun!
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04/25/2007 10:01:03 AM
great timing... the cat looks so intrigued by the bubble.
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04/25/2007 07:54:50 AM
Beautiful shot! I love the cat's expression, the shallow depth of field and sharp focus! 10 from me.
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04/25/2007 06:38:09 AM
This one stands out for having something going on in the image. Nice actor too. 8.
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04/25/2007 05:12:54 AM
What a fantastic study, great depth of focus to keep both the cat and the bubble so sharp, nice bokeh
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04/25/2007 05:08:44 AM
very nice. calming and simply beautiful
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04/25/2007 03:27:42 AM
Oh, beautiful! One of my favorite photos in this challenge. Well done.
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04/25/2007 02:11:30 AM
Excellent capture :)
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04/25/2007 01:49:48 AM
Very smart! Wish I'd have thought of getting kitties involved. Lovely picture, comp and pose.
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04/25/2007 01:29:08 AM
very cool 9
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04/25/2007 12:56:10 AM
Adorable photo! Sharp and well focused.
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