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Cat welcomes owner
Cat welcomes owner

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Challenge: Pets and Their People (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Olympus C-4040Z
Location: At home in Reykjavik on the sofa
Date: Dec 21, 2004
Aperture: F 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2004

When I come home from work "Skonsa" my Norwegian forest cat gives me a nice welcome.
I held the camera right above me and took the photo.
No editing.

Place: 92 out of 126
Avg (all users): 4.6571
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.5556
Avg (non-participants): 4.6872
Views since voting: 719
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 315
Comments: 11
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01/03/2005 11:58:17 AM
looks a bit sinister, johnny depp movie, cool
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01/03/2005 09:59:22 AM

Well, Ivve been to Norway and had a layover in Reykjavik, but I've never seen a Norwegian forest cat. Sounds ferocious *grin*.

You set yourself a difficult task: a handheld self-portrait with an active cat and an on-camera flash.

The crop and the manner in which the cat frames your face is nice, but the cat's face isn't visible, plus his head and paw are blurred from motion. I think, with editing, it could become a decent photograph, but as is, it's just a snapshot (apologies if I seem too direct). There's a loss of detail in the highlights, and the yellowish cast doesn't work, imo, against the redness in your face and it turns the green of the shirt a alightly sickly hue. The glare above the head is distracting. These could be corrected to a degree.

As a B&W image, these difficulties would be eliminated and I think, by tweaking the contrast, you would come out with a successful image.

Just my thoughts, of course.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2004 09:23:12 PM
Very interesting. reducing the hue here would eliminate the redish face. 6
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12/28/2004 02:11:05 AM
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12/27/2004 10:06:15 PM
a cute snapshot
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12/26/2004 05:47:32 PM
I love how you took the picture yourself :)
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12/26/2004 07:17:09 AM
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12/24/2004 12:53:24 PM
You should have rotated the picture 90° to the right, and then cropped off the bottom, leaving but the cat and the guy's face. 3.
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12/23/2004 03:41:20 PM
hehe interesting :)
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12/23/2004 01:34:07 AM
with claws extended? Ouch! Well framed and interesting angle. Tad bit overexposed. Adequate sharpness but could be sharper. Overall the colors could be tweaked to tone down the redness of the face and overall warm cast cooled off a bit.
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12/22/2004 10:10:45 AM
This is almost there, but it suffers for our inability to pull the kitten's face out of the mass of fur. Also, the bright, bare floor upper left is an eyetrap.
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