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Challenge: Mirrors III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited
Date: Dec 16, 2013
Date Uploaded: Dec 16, 2013

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again"

Meet Butterscotch, one of my two remaining cats. We got her in about 1999 from a lady walking through a shopping mall (indoor) trying to find her a home. She was our fourth and last cat and the baby of the family until our dogs arrived.

Sassy and Mishka have left us now, and older sister Charlie still holds her own, but Butterscotch has seen better days.

She's a feisty redhead who pretty much lives in our bathroom, moving across the room staying in the sun's warmth. I caught her lounging on the edge of the tub and proceeded with this natural light shoot, getting her interested in the mirror. She helped me for about 20 minutes, then had had enough, so I left her to her memories.

Color, Sharpness, Bleach bypass in Perfect Photo Suite 8

[Dec. 18th, 2013 08:04:59 AM]

Well this is gonna suffer since there are 3 cats looking in the mirror entries and voters tend to think everyone with the same general type of entry colluded.

So far, doing ok... started decent. Sitting on a 6.50 right now (from a high of 7.00), but it's gone up and down, not too many ones.

[Dec. 20th, 2013 04:33:51 PM]

Since my previous update, this one dropped to a low of 6.18 or so. Sat there for a bit before slowing creeping back up to 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 etc... now at a very nice 6.65.

Voted already too and there are some very good shots in this batch, so thinking that there might be several 7s without ribbons.

But I am very happy with how this one is progressing. Got a nice comment from one of the other cat photographers as well as high praise from IreneM! Very nice.

[Dec. 24th, 2013 08:57:47 AM]

Hurray! Someone got the reference.

Last day or 15 hours... holding a 6.5. Looked over my votes and bumped a couple. I counted about 15 7 or higher from my POV, so I stand by my prediction of a few 7+ no ribbons. However, it is an open challenge and anyone can vote, so that sometimes lowers the bar.

We shall see.


Place: 4 out of 70
Avg (all users): 6.5340
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.0556
Avg (non-participants): 6.7910
Views since voting: 1279
Views during voting: 229
Votes: 103
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/26/2013 01:26:31 AM
Great story, fantastic photography Just love this cat and I don't really like cats. This one is superb. Congrats on HM
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12/26/2013 12:03:52 AM
THANKS EVERYONE... very honored on my HM!
12/25/2013 08:26:30 PM
Congrats on the HM; a very captivating image.
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12/25/2013 05:20:36 PM
Love this. Nicely captured.
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12/25/2013 06:04:50 AM
Congratulations Butterscotch! You are a beauty!
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12/25/2013 12:26:48 AM
Congrats on HM!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/24/2013 12:30:59 AM
This is definitely not Grizabella, still too good-looking! :-)
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12/20/2013 06:33:45 PM
This should ribbon. It is so well done. I tried the same thing but you have perfected the" cat in the mirror"! 10
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12/18/2013 04:17:59 PM
Oooo, pretty kitty! Love those eyes.
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12/18/2013 06:26:52 AM
Definitely in my top 3. Wonderful image. Just hope that cat isn't the photographer ;-D
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12/18/2013 03:12:14 AM
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