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Challenge: Rope (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Home
Date: Aug 22, 2006
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 22, 2006

Just put the cat on the table in front of the backdrop. Two 600W hot lights at approximately 30 Deg from the side. One aimed at the cat(left/high) and one aimed away(right/low), both with umbrellas. I used the dark grey background to show the outline of the cat, but yet let the rope stand out.

May not see the cat for a couple of days! An unwilling model!

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USM 20,50,0
Saturation +15
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A top ten, Thanks voters. And the comments were great. Two favorites for me during a challenge, awesome! Thank you all. I have posted the frame prior to this one that is adjusted to some of the comments addressing the dark frame and the rope leaving.

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Statistics
Place: 7 out of 203
Avg (all users): 6.3218
Avg (commenters): 7.9615
Avg (participants): 5.9655
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 2720
Views during voting: 434
Votes: 261
Comments: 38
Favorites: 10 (view)


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09/06/2008 01:52:18 AM
Captive about to jump out of the frame and possibly the rope. Wonderful lines.
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03/30/2007 07:50:16 AM
Really subtle; really nice; great shot. You have to look at it a while, but the feeling comes through and the darkness is nice.
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03/29/2007 07:55:07 PM
I really like the way you just see the rope trailing off into the darkness first... then the eyes, and the cat! Really awesome effect!
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03/25/2007 07:49:39 PM
Fantastic :) I love the expression on the cat's face.
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10/17/2006 05:46:52 PM
this is really great.. love the detail and the warmth in the color
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08/31/2006 09:53:17 PM
very nice! My cat would never allow me to do that!!! LOL
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08/30/2006 06:13:33 PM
Great shot, congrats on your superb 7th place and new personal best! Well deserved!
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08/30/2006 02:33:33 PM
Congratulations on the 7th place, excellent shot!
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08/30/2006 11:17:43 AM
Congrats on your top 10, Ken.
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08/30/2006 08:36:17 AM
congrats to your 7th place, very nice photo and cute cat
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08/30/2006 08:32:53 AM
Congratulations Ken on your top 10 finish. Nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/29/2006 10:26:10 PM
My favorite of the challenge. I like how the dark background makes the white rope stand out as the subject, but there is something more than just a black background there...
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08/29/2006 10:08:27 PM
Love this shot. I seem to be partial to cat shots and this one is done well. The composition is sharp and the crop perfect. The contrast of the rope against the cat is nice and his eyes stand out just enough. Very nice. Bumping up and adding to my fave list. Back for on elast bump. Giving you a 9 amd my top pick for the challenge.
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08/29/2006 05:51:34 PM
Wonderful shot .. had it at 7 before, but I am glad I came back to look at the shots .. bumping this one to 9 .. love the lighting in the shot and the pose of the cat is great!
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08/29/2006 04:57:05 PM
Very dramatic. Im impressed. Fits the challenge with an individual interpretation. It makes me feel for the cat. Well done. 9
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08/29/2006 09:28:26 AM
I really like this photo! Cat's eyes make this photo, in my opinion.
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08/29/2006 01:52:18 AM
cool play of black n white
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08/28/2006 01:51:54 PM
wow i'm suprised the cat didn't move around too much for the photo to be ruined
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08/27/2006 08:36:40 PM
Love this shot especially how you used the black background so the eyes and the rope stand out.
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08/27/2006 02:23:14 PM
This looks like my kitty. I want to save him! i didn't like how dark the kitty is but then i rememberd that this is the rope challenge and if definatly puts the rope in the spotlight that way. great job on the detail in his fur. i know how hard that is with black cats like ours.
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08/27/2006 12:26:12 PM
What a good kitty to let you do this to him - excellent actor too! I love the black on black and the lighting here. Great composition. Bumping you up to 9.
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08/26/2006 03:01:47 PM
Very interesting photo, I really like it. But as with a lot of the pictures in the challenge it doesnt really depict "rope". It uses rope..but the idea that is being imparted by the photo isn't "rope". I have to rate it lower than I would if I was rating it for a catagory called "Tethered" or "restraint". I really like the lighting also.
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08/26/2006 09:26:40 AM
Excellent.....
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08/26/2006 03:21:34 AM
maybe a different background would have brought the cat out a tad more
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08/25/2006 08:42:07 PM
Cool :) 10
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08/25/2006 04:42:09 PM
This is awesome. I love the black on black. Hopefully you don't get dinged too hard for it being too dark. I think it's perfect. Back to bump. Yep, it's my favorite of the challenge! 10
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08/25/2006 04:37:21 AM
exquisite
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08/24/2006 02:19:53 PM
wow... almost didn't notice there was a cat in the picture
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08/23/2006 08:46:42 PM
i vote for cat and excellent focus on rope and eyes.
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08/23/2006 03:25:46 PM
Hope kitty rec'd a nice treat after this. ;^) I like the position you had when taking this shot with the camera being level with the rope on the floor. The color contrast (rope vs cat) works quite well here. You'll probaly here some remarks about the cat looking the wrong way (out of the frame), but I think it adds a little bit of mystery to the shot.

Anyway, best of luck to you in the challenge.
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08/23/2006 02:09:10 PM
Maybe just a teeny, tiny, touch more light on the cat. But I like it a lot. One of the 3 ribbons I suspect. Congrats.
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08/23/2006 10:58:26 AM
IMO it's too dark (used 2 monitors to look at it). It's too bad because it looks like it's a great picture and you had a very good concept. 6
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08/23/2006 09:29:21 AM
I would have liked to see the eyes with more light.
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08/23/2006 08:23:07 AM
Ohhh...thats nice ...well not nice but nice phicture :). Would be interesting to make him sadly look on the rope.
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08/23/2006 07:47:42 AM
poor kitty! needs a little more space at left side and bottom, otherwise well done. great how you managed to separate the fur from the background.
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08/23/2006 04:33:31 AM
Like this a lot, scored it well but perhaps a small bit more light/exposure would make it even better for me - of course I can edit this comment out should you win!
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08/23/2006 03:11:22 AM
Wonderful photography. Love this shot. Best I have seen so far and don't expect any better either. Don't be surprised if there are people who can see only the rope and bits that look like eyes.

There is something I want to metion though. I would liked the rope going out of the frame. I think it'd make people wonder more about the situation and what and where it's tied to. Add a bit of the unknown.
The way it is now, it does look like the rope isn't tied to anywhere.

Anyway, that's just a thought.

Well done.
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08/23/2006 12:57:00 AM
Oh there's that wonderful black kitty!!!! This is awesome. I love everything about it.
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