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Puka - The "Overzealous" king
Puka - The "Overzealous" king

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Challenge: Pet Portrait (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home - Cat's fav spot.
Date: Apr 2, 2005
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Animals, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2005

Getting a cat, especially mine, to stay still for a photoshoot is quite an exploit. The trick in this case was to set everything around his favorite spot, and wait patiently for the furball to calm the hell down... Once that was done, click click...

Took about 200 shots, but ultimatly choose that one for its energy and lighting. My cat usually looks dead, or like a statue as my friends would say. But in this shot, he looked particuliary snob and alive... ;)

Lots of tweaks, including: Level, Unsharpen, Hue, Saturation, Crop and some touchups here and there... Damn Cat hairs everywhere...!

Place: 29 out of 273
Avg (all users): 6.2629
Avg (commenters): 8.2143
Avg (participants): 6.1832
Avg (non-participants): 6.3902
Views since voting: 1578
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 213
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/08/2006 01:30:17 PM
My cat Sammy could be your cat's twin!!!! Gorgeous shot!
04/11/2005 08:55:03 AM
I think this placed fine (congratulations)! To me the eyes just don't seem tack sharp (perhaps a bit OOF or some motion blur). This was a great score, but with a bit more sharpness, this may have hit top 10. But there was a tough field of contenders!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2005 09:11:18 PM
nice balance of color with the red background and bright blue eyes. - 9
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04/08/2005 03:13:41 PM
He truly looks like the king, he knows he is, you have caught his royal attitude.
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04/07/2005 10:59:56 PM
Puka has his claws out and ready to go, LOL! This is a great shot, the feel, the eyes, the composition. Only two tiny things that kept it from being perfect for me, the really close crop on the one foo, would have liked to see a little red on the bottom there and the shadow on the left eye, the highlights are wonderful but that shadow bothers me for some odd reason. As is a 9
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04/06/2005 07:41:13 PM
This is my pick for one of the ribbons! Gorgeous cat, great capture! U gotta love those eyes! Flawless IMO
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04/06/2005 05:39:30 PM
Do you serve your kitty shrimp in a crystal goblet? :) Love the pose & expression! Truly looks like a king! Great overall shot.
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04/06/2005 02:35:33 AM
10 ....all the way
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04/05/2005 02:49:03 PM
Now THAT's a portrait. GOOD JOB.
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04/05/2005 02:17:36 PM
For a single light source this is pretty good considering the strength of the cute model. The composition is pretty good excepting that the front paw should have been totally in the image and with a little breathing space. It was certainly a good move to use the red cloth as this helps to frame the pet. An image like this can benefit greatly by the use of multiple lights. There is also an uncertainty about the focus. Note that the catchlights in the eyes are not crisp and this is where the viewers eyes examine. Note also that the limited light fails to add texture to the paws. To conclude, a strong composition minus a point for clipping the claw, another point off for lack of crispness in the catchlights and another point off for the single light source. Total score is 6. However, this could have easily been a 7+ becaise the model is so relaxed. Bunping from 5 to 6.
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04/04/2005 11:54:04 PM
This is my second go-around =) - Very beautiful and rich photo! Great job!
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04/04/2005 09:33:50 PM
What a royal looking photo. I love the cool blue eyes against the warm background. Nice contrast!
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04/04/2005 09:16:51 PM
Nice colours!
Only thing is the fact that the framing is a tad off, but except from that it's a nice pussy shot ;)
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04/04/2005 04:02:15 PM
posed with attitude - excellent!
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04/04/2005 03:32:52 PM
Great shot! beautiful colors.
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04/04/2005 01:21:11 PM
I like the red it adds to the color of the cats coat and brings out those nice blue eyes.
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04/04/2005 10:32:55 AM
Love the red background. Very fitting for a king :)
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04/04/2005 09:29:44 AM
very nice , 9
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04/04/2005 03:24:49 AM
What a look! Great picture, love the red background. It's too bad that little bit of his left front foot got cropped off.
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