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Challenge: Free Study VIII (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Big Flats, N.Y.
Date: Mar 30, 2005
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2005

One of the many photos taken of my nine cats during the pet portrait challenge.
The original was cropped, lightened, eyes enhanced, changed to Lab mode, and I used the lightness channel to sharpen the whiskers a bit.

Place: 46 out of 507
Avg (all users): 6.3697
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 6.3387
Avg (non-participants): 6.4808
Views since voting: 2151
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 238
Comments: 35
Favorites: 3 (view)

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04/26/2005 08:08:17 AM
Congrats! WTG!!!! Very nice placement for your first Free Study!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2005 11:54:50 PM
Excellent exposure of the eyes. It reminds me of Puss-In-Boots from Shrek
04/25/2005 06:07:24 PM
Excellent focus! The catís head is perfect. Itís unfortunate that he blends so well into the background. If the background had been a different colour, I think the cat would have looked real enough to pet.
04/25/2005 05:40:18 PM
Excellent pet shot, and I'm normally not a fan. But with those green eyes and giant whiskers... It works well 8
04/25/2005 01:16:58 PM
Great lighting and coloring on this portrait. Not your ordinary cat picture.
04/25/2005 01:16:06 PM
Excelent! very crisp.
04/25/2005 09:50:45 AM
The eyes are stunning. I'm guessing you may have PS'ed them a bit! Composition & lighting are spot on. Good luck!
04/24/2005 09:10:39 PM
Great expression and tones in this picture..the whiskers are great..love the eyes too..the ?leopard skin throw in background compliments the cat nicely; but I feel it should have been the only thing in the background, the rug and what looks like the leg of a chair are a little distracting...7
04/24/2005 01:21:26 PM
Cat looks great. Not crazy about the background.
04/24/2005 11:17:03 AM
Stunning cat potrait. Worthy of a deserving 9. Those eyes!!!
04/24/2005 06:15:29 AM
The capture of the cat is very good. The beckground is too close in colour making it difficult to percive a transition between cat and cloth...
04/23/2005 01:43:07 PM
As good as you can get. One of the most imprssive cat images in DPC. Another bump.
04/23/2005 10:01:29 AM
Very nice colors! very nice lighting!! Clarity excellent!
04/23/2005 09:26:29 AM
Wonderful cat portrait. I usually go over aliased lines such as some of the whiskers here with the blur tool in the direction of the line at high magnification to remove the jaggies though.
04/22/2005 09:23:32 PM
Beautiful expression, crystalline clarity of focus, nice framing. I'm afraid the sagging background blanket creates enough of a disstracton IMO to knock the photo from extraordinary to really really good.
04/22/2005 12:55:35 AM
One of the best cat shots I have ever seen. Great job.
04/21/2005 11:30:46 PM
Look at those eyes! It's just amazing! Love the focus and light on this shot! 9
04/21/2005 08:06:36 PM
Beautiful cat. I think the background is wrong. Very clear photo and if the background was all one color, (very light) and not as busy, I believe it would have brought out the beautiful colors of this cat.
04/21/2005 10:57:53 AM
Exquisite detail, like the backdrop. Great wiskers. 10 from me.
04/21/2005 10:38:47 AM
Beautiful warm natural tones and light, and look at those eyes!
04/21/2005 06:17:27 AM
just beautiful purr fect image love the detail in the eyes and face 10
04/21/2005 02:50:08 AM
nice background, i wouldnt think it would work, but it dos.
04/20/2005 10:09:41 PM
Can a photo be so sharp that it doesn't look real? Excellent sharpness, great color. Them eyes really pop! Simply super!
04/20/2005 09:52:19 PM
wow. what an absolutely stunning image. what i wouldn't give to be able to nail a shot like that. excellent work, hope it does well for you. good luck!
04/20/2005 08:49:32 PM
Beautiful eyes and great lighting captured the long whiskers. Nice portrait.
04/20/2005 04:38:50 PM
Lovely tabbytat....8
04/20/2005 02:47:45 PM
Fantastic picture...you could drown in those eyes. Just a delightful insite into a cats sole. Mary~
04/20/2005 09:36:04 AM
I don't really like cats. But this is a great photo. Those eyes! You have mastered the art of getting a photo looking great in 640 pixels. 9 - cannot bring myself to give a cat 10 ;)
04/20/2005 12:48:57 AM
A little blurry toward the bottom, but what a wonderful expression you've captured. The detail and depth and the green of the eyes is fantastic. This pulls and tugs on the cat lover in me. The whiskers are magnificent. In truth there are a few imperfections that should make me score this slightly lower (the upper right area is a touch distracting and the chest area is soft and it could use something to add some action and pose to the subject....but man the eyes are gorgeous. So I am going to give you a 10. Although in truth it's more a 9+

Beautiful cat you've been blessed with...
04/19/2005 11:49:34 PM
fabulous feline pic! 10
04/19/2005 08:17:47 PM
Beautiful, rich colors, and the leopard throw in the background works well! Super lighting, and very well cropped.
04/19/2005 06:47:00 PM
One of the best feline photos I've seen in a while! I think you nailed the focus, lighting, DOF, sharpness, and clarity.
04/19/2005 02:28:31 AM
Aargh. GREAT shot, but I think people are burned out on pet shots. Best of luck and I won't hold it against you.
04/19/2005 02:12:23 AM
This is a beautiful cat and a beautiful portrait of him/her. The only thing keeping this from rating a 10 is the dropped backdrop in the top right. If that had been in place it would have been perfect!
04/19/2005 12:55:21 AM
great dof. lovely definition on those whiskers.

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