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Challenge: Black on Black III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenge shots
Date: Jul 30, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2013

[Aug. 6th, 2013 04:38:53 PM]

Yup -- This is my Moriarty. He has many nicknames -- Mo is one of them, and my husband likes to call him Mobert. :)

It's difficult to do a cat portrait when you're by yourself.

Ummmm... change that to it's pretty much impossible! I tried it one day and gave up until the next day when I had an assistant.

My son was the mouse handler. We had to find a toy that would interest Mo a little bit -- just a little, because otherwise he'd want to jump after it instead of just looking at it. So we found an old stuffed mouse toy, and hung it from a string, hung from a broomstick. And my son would swing it in front of Moriarty.

Sometimes he was interested. The other times, he'd jump off the table and wander someplace else. Mo doesn't have the longest attention span... :)

I was really excited to try this challenge. I always wanted to try a real Mo portrait instead of the accidental ones.

Done with one flash to Mo's right with a lumiquest softbox (one of the velcro around the flash ones) and a flash behind with a diffuser for a really light hair light.

The interesting thing is: this looks really nice at night, but underexposed during the day. I assume that I should have processed this during the day instead of at night. It's interesting how different it looks.

Here are two unedited outtakes. I'm really pleased that I actually got this close on the lighting. There may be hope for me and flash after all! :)

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and then there's this one :)

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

[Aug. 6th, 2013 07:01:49 PM]

Oh -- one last thing -- I really wish we could have a larger size. I worked on this on a larger size, and really liked having more negative space around it, but when I shrunk it to 800, it just didn't work. If you want, open this one, and then click "view full-sized image"

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Doesn't the negative space look nice on the larger size?

Ah well. Such are the vicissitudes of life. :)

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08/09/2013 03:49:04 PM
Congrats Wendy- I really like how the whiskers are so delicately separated from the rest of the image. Purrfect light.
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08/08/2013 09:01:47 PM
Congrats on the red Wendy...great eyes! This was one of my favs!
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08/08/2013 07:25:15 PM
What a beautiful kitty portrait!
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08/07/2013 05:09:52 PM
I was hoping you'd place. Deserving ribbon. Good looking cat, btw.

Message edited by author 2013-08-07 17:10:32.
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08/07/2013 02:18:08 PM
I thought I've seen the pussycat before, but the title mislead me.
I equally like the outtakes, especially the last one where he shows his claws so well.
When Wendy pushes the release button, she pushes him well.
Congrats Wendy
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08/07/2013 12:34:36 PM
love it
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08/07/2013 10:20:11 AM
Well done Wendy congrats on your ribbon. Mobert's a beautiful cat.
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08/07/2013 07:44:36 AM
I wondered if that was your cat or not...well done Wendy!!! Congrats on your new ribbon!!!
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08/07/2013 02:02:37 AM
Congrats Wendy!!! Give that Kitty a Treat!! He's done Well for you!
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08/07/2013 01:44:20 AM
Such a handsome boy :-) Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/07/2013 01:37:07 AM
Great shot.
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08/07/2013 12:28:24 AM
Congratulations Wendy! Your cat certainly earns his keep:-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2013 11:39:10 PM
Love those big green eyes amid all that black. voted already
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08/06/2013 09:50:00 PM
Nice cat portrait.
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08/06/2013 04:48:47 PM
little mobart 9
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08/06/2013 01:45:22 AM
Beautiful portrait - reminds me of Midnight, my favourite cat from childhood. Top 3
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08/05/2013 06:52:33 PM
Very clear and sharp. Is he looking at food??
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07/31/2013 01:48:05 PM
Ha! The previous image was a dog. Wendy? If this is Moriarty, you have done him proud. If it's not, this could be Moriarty :-)
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07/31/2013 11:01:58 AM
Gorgeous cat - great portrait. You met the challenge well.
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07/31/2013 08:53:36 AM
Lovely shot and beautiful cat, very well done.
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07/31/2013 02:49:34 AM
Mobert is a nice looking Puss and you have captured the fur well 10
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07/31/2013 01:45:12 AM
I like the whiskers.
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