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Chester alley cat
Chester alley cat
philup


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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: Window
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 9 out of 343
Avg (all users): 6.6349
Avg (commenters): 8.1500
Avg (participants): 6.4744
Avg (non-participants): 6.9294
Views since voting: 10301
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 241
Comments: 32
Favorites: 21 (view)


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11/20/2006 10:06:04 AM
meow
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09/19/2006 12:23:01 PM
I am surprised I havent come across this one before Phil. Dont know how I missed it. Great shot, wonderful detail and the B&W is perfect.
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02/01/2006 08:36:59 PM
fantatistic clarity and sharpness..especially in the eyes. once again, good choice to use black and white
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01/26/2006 04:48:01 AM
I really like this pictures. one of the best cat picures around.
there is something quite human about the expression... excellent!
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01/23/2006 10:56:39 PM
This is a beautiful portrait - and what a well behaved cat!
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12/03/2005 06:55:37 PM
What a capture! the expression, the lighting and then the composition. An exceptional heart warming image.
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10/17/2005 11:37:17 PM
This is too cute! It's great to see photographs of pets that don't look like snapshots. Nice job.
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09/16/2005 11:56:46 AM
GREETINGS FROM THE CRITIQUE CLUB
by strangeghost

COMPOSITION
In my opinion, you've followed every important rule about capturing a portrait shot: you're tight on your subject, you've filled the frame, you've got great detail in the eyes, and the shot is extremely attractive and eye-catching. Oh yes, and it's a cat! Pet shots are tough, I know I struggle with them myself. Whatever you used to distract his attention worked great. Many cat shots capture that lazy, "why are you bothering me" look. This animal is so attentive - ears up, eyes wide, head cocked at an upward angle - that it adds an element of intrigue. And I love the flat black background. Meets the high contrast challenge perfectly, IMO.

TECHNIQUE
I can't find anything to suggest as a technical improvement. In addition to what I've already commented on re: composition, your lighting appears to be spot on. The highlights on the right nose (cat's left) are blown, but I like the pushed effect since it adds to the photo's contrasty feel. Some of your commenters mentioned the clipped ear, but I feel that this was a necessary compromise to achieve the tight shot of the face, and I fully agree with the way you've cropped. It's perfect IMO.

OVERALL IMPACT
As your score indicates, and I fully agree, this is a shot that has impact. It catches the attention and draws the viewer in because there is personality evident. It's a wonderful pet shot and you should be proud to display it.
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09/13/2005 10:13:06 AM
See...cats can make it to top ten. hehehe..awesome shot! Love his expression!!
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09/12/2005 12:34:54 AM
outstanding shot - congrats on your top 10 finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 10:39:29 PM
Bumping up after second look. Good luck Chester!! :-)
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09/10/2005 07:55:28 AM
All together now, 'Aaah!'
Cracking shot. Like the composition, the focus, and the tonal range. Lovely detail in the eyes.
How could you refuse a face like that? 10.
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09/09/2005 07:57:22 PM
Well now... here is a cat portrait worthy of this challenge. I love cats but don't always love the portraits that end up in these challenges. But this one is different. Good job!
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09/09/2005 08:10:52 AM
Very nice, Composition is perfect
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09/08/2005 09:31:17 PM
I'll be the first to admit that I'm usually not crazy about cat shots, but this image has some solid merit to it. Great composition and crop to really emphasize the eyes. Good focus too. I do think that the highlights are a bit blown in spots and could manage to be just as "high contrast" against the black shadows without being blown. Other than that - really nice job.
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09/08/2005 04:16:42 PM
Great close up.
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09/08/2005 04:07:46 PM
This fits the theme perfectly and the sharp details are excellent.
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09/08/2005 12:21:44 PM
Great photo. Very sharp. I gave it a ten.
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09/07/2005 09:01:28 PM
This has a great feeling to it, nice job.
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09/07/2005 04:09:36 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Color/Contrast: 2/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
My Subjective Affinity: 2/2

Great work on this photo. This is the best high contrast photo I've seen yet. Not quite blown out highlights, and dark shadows with some detail still. And excellent focus and composition and good use of DOF also.
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09/07/2005 03:14:29 PM
Nice light and "expression"! Very good.
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09/07/2005 08:51:18 AM
This is a very nice capture, good luck! (10)
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09/06/2005 11:17:46 PM
Phenominal shot! Very crisp and clear, well defined and composed. I love his expression, and the shifts in contrast are wonderful! 10
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09/06/2005 11:10:14 PM
Great shot!!
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09/06/2005 10:36:38 PM
You should print this one out for yourself ... very good portrait.
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09/06/2005 11:29:25 AM
Very well lit and nicely composed.
Great clarity..well done.
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09/06/2005 10:17:41 AM
Great pose on the kitty. I wonder if it would have been better to leave the whole ear in.
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09/05/2005 09:38:36 PM
Nice! Finally a decent B/W shot with awsome contrast! Very nice capture!
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09/05/2005 08:46:35 AM
Good understanding of the high contrast theme.
Appealing pic
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09/05/2005 01:00:18 AM
This is my favorite so far. His eyes are so clear and your focus is dead on. I love the crop. His whiskers are wonderful 10
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09/05/2005 12:12:40 AM
very nice look! I entered almost the same kind of pic! I love the detail that you captured! 8
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09/05/2005 12:04:01 AM
a great example of high contrast!! Love the eyes!
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