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The December Kitten
The December Kitten

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Calendar (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: Nov 6, 2004
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Animals, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2004

Cropped, unsharpening mask and removed a glare by cloning and then smudging.

Place: 46 out of 190
Avg (all users): 6.0049
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
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Avg (non-participants): 6.1263
Views since voting: 1112
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 203
Comments: 11
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11/15/2004 01:48:27 AM
Welcome from the Critique Club

Initial Thoughts

Cute photo, but the kitten seems a little distressed. The packaging is also a bit too chaotic, at first glance.

Composition / Content

The composition seems a little bit off to me. The wrappings of the open gift kind of overpower the kitten, and the bulk seems to be too far to the left, where I think a horizontal centering would have looked much stronger here. A kitten in a box for December is pretty cliche, so works well for a "calender"


The black background doesn't really work well here to me. Seems too cold and uninviting.

Camera Work - Technical

Great focus and DOF, but the exposure is a little bright. Some harsh highlights on the kitten, and bits of the wrapping. Foil is notoriously hard to expose for, of course, but your light source seems a little too bright.

Digital Processing

From what you've put down as digital processing, I can't see any glaring problems. A good use of USM, as the image doesn't seem too over-sharp, and I can't tell where you've cloned or smudged.

Fits the Challenge

I think this image definitely fits the challenge. It's a good tie-in to the month, and has a decent cliche that would fit in a calender of this type. A more, "holiday" type background would have helped, or even a plain white bg.

My Opinion on the Photo

It's a good subject for a calender, but a few things turned me off about the photo itself. The kitten looks distressed, the background is harsh and doesn't really belong, and the whole thing is a little over-exposed. I'd have also worked on getting a different perspective to work with a more horizontally centered crop. Good Luck with future submissions.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2004 03:14:59 PM
Something isn't warm and fuzzy with the black background but kittens are always cute. Good job.
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11/13/2004 08:03:06 PM
what did you feed that cat? it looks like it's gonna puke :P
pretty funny, and cute(?) shot :)
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11/12/2004 05:11:36 PM
Great for cat lovers, well done.
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11/11/2004 11:43:56 PM
The black background is a little abrupt for me. 5
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11/11/2004 02:56:28 PM
great lighting good job
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11/09/2004 08:04:21 PM
Excellent photo.
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11/09/2004 07:21:56 PM
Perfect Christmas kitty! I think it may have given it more of a "festive" look with a lighter background and I wish he/she could have been caught looking up more, but just opinions as an afterthought.
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11/09/2004 01:16:02 PM
Nice set up.6
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11/09/2004 02:31:04 AM
Lovely shot. Maybe just a tad over-exposed. You've caught the kitten at a perfect moment. I can see the anticipation and wonder. I sense a leap out of the box is imminent! 8.
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11/08/2004 12:45:24 AM
he looks sick...

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