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Challenge: The Eyes Have It! (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: home
Date: Feb 3, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 3, 2008

Inspired, of course, by 21.gif yanko. His shot is better, but I've always wanted a good head-on shot of Joe.

Single Nikon speedlight, through 2 diffusion panels above and in front of the cat, who is perched on a chair covered with black cloth. Allex, also dressed in black, is holding him in place. It took about 50 shots to get him to look at the camera.

Post processing:

Conversion from raw in Lightroom:
* crop
* white balance
* levels and contrast
* increase saturation
* decrease green and blue luminosity to -100 (His eyes were reflecting a piece of blue art in the background. Decreasing the luminosity fixed this.)
* decrease magenta saturation to -100 (fix CA problem on whiskers)

In PS:
* hue/sat layer to increase saturation in yellow eyes.
* USM to improve local contrast
* resize
* smart sharpen
* save for web

Post challenge: As 21.gif Art Roflmao said, I'm going to have to work with Joe, to get him to flap his wings. I need something besides hummingbirds for my profile page.

Place: 22 out of 299
Avg (all users): 6.2143
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.1951
Avg (non-participants): 6.2244
Views since voting: 1504
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 238
Comments: 14
Favorites: 3 (view)

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02/13/2008 03:47:34 AM
The only thing that I think would have made this better is a pair of wings flapping at 3000 times per minute. ;-) Great job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/11/2008 12:56:14 AM
i love the colors
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02/10/2008 06:03:04 AM
Nice sharp focus and great colors. Nice job.
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02/09/2008 03:58:12 PM
Good picture.
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02/08/2008 01:04:49 AM
Love this one! Really like the clarity and composition, not to mention the lighting.
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02/07/2008 07:25:23 PM
10 from me !!!
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02/07/2008 05:31:16 AM
Best of the cat pics, IMO. Good light, detail, a little drama. Very nice.
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02/07/2008 03:07:05 AM
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02/06/2008 10:28:39 PM
oh this is great!-8
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02/06/2008 06:23:57 PM
Beautiful cat, I like the crop and the lighting. Great shot.
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02/06/2008 11:03:03 AM
Still looking very vibrant and alert... awesome shot...
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02/06/2008 09:05:59 AM
wonderful shot 9
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02/06/2008 06:43:41 AM
Nice Composition
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02/06/2008 05:10:00 AM
fabulous!! Definitely one of the best kitty images in the challenge 10
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