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The Head Scratch
The Head Scratch

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Challenge: Simple Pleasures (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: My living room
Date: Sep 4, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 60
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2006

Ok, this is a first for me, the first time I planned a picture out in my head, the first time I have posed for a picture here, the first time I used my cat as a prop!

I hope it does ok.

Funny story behind this picture. This little bugger hates sitting still for anything, and hes definately not what I would describe as a "lap" cat. About 2 seconds before this shot he was fighting me tooth and nail (literally, hes not declawed) against having him sit between my legs, 2 seconds after this shot he had finally had enough and was off under the bed. What I hope looks like contentment and relaxation was actually more annoyance and anger.

All I did was noise reduce, auto color, shadows and highlights, and crop, its pretty much exactly the way I imagined it. I decided to go for a simple composition, with the hand centered and as much of the background gone as possible to enhance the "simple" portion of the challenge. I tend to like pictures that are layered like one of those multi-colored jello desserts, and I like the layers here of the light blue jeans, grey cat, and the light pink hand (hopefully coming across as a contrast to the jeans). I would prefer the background to be darker and more out of focus, but this is basic editing ;)

Place: 151 out of 266
Avg (all users): 5.1148
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8169
Avg (non-participants): 5.2681
Views since voting: 554
Views during voting: 278
Votes: 209
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/12/2006 11:58:43 PM
I can just about feel her purring, from here.
09/10/2006 01:47:40 PM
Simple shot but wonderfully done! Eight.
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09/07/2006 12:48:48 PM
Cats come with a handicap in my book ,but I really like the photo.
09/06/2006 07:41:40 PM
lovely detail
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2006 02:12:26 PM
wish you hadn't used the on-camera flash ... the texture in the fingers is lost
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2006 11:06:03 AM
What a purr! 7 on first pass.
09/06/2006 10:45:04 AM
doenn't take much to please a cat, like the way you have shown the texture in his/her fur
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2006 01:52:39 AM
Cute cat...

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