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Fall Feline
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timfythetoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pet Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: backyard
Date: Dec 6, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2006

The original - 439177.jpg

This is Hairball. I have used him more than any of my other cats in challenges so I expect that many people will know he is mine. This was a tough shot as whenever I called him to look at me he would start walking over to me. I kept tossing him away and then shooting real fast. This was one of his rare still moments.

Aimee doesnt think this image will do great (low 6 but not much more). I think it has the potential to be a mid 6. I liek the colors, pose and the fact that it really looks like a posed portrait rather than a caught candid. I know cat shots didnt do well in the last Pet Portrait challenge but I am hoping I can dodge that bullet.

Shot in my backyard. PP - RAW conversion with the usual stuff. In PS - levels, spot saturation, masked out leaves on multiple layers and tweaked leaf color individually, gaussian blur on background, alot of dodging and burning, selective colors, USM and NI, resize for web and border.

Post-Challenge - WOW! Never would I have thought I could get a score like this! Thank you all for a really fun week of update button hitting and comment reading. Consider this to be my final day of the 30 Days of Pet Portraits. And a big shout out to 21.gif yanko. His shot was better IMO.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 378
Avg (all users): 7.6115
Avg (commenters): 8.2979
Avg (participants): 7.4571
Avg (non-participants): 7.7681
Views since voting: 23969
Views during voting: 536
Votes: 278
Comments: 122
Favorites: 78 (view)


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05/19/2011 04:19:01 AM
Wow how stunning is this photo, and the cat as well.
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09/24/2008 12:35:20 PM
i always seem to find this photo when im looking through the photos on this site. it finds me it seems. i think i shall add it as a fav, its a beautiful photo
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03/08/2008 08:55:02 PM
How did you individually color the leaves? I love this image!
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02/18/2008 04:59:58 AM
Great example of good post processing
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12/26/2007 10:59:54 AM
look at those eyes!!

beautiful!!!
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11/21/2007 09:01:45 AM
I have really enjoyed looking at this image. It is beautiful. The colors are so warm and inviting.
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04/16/2007 06:24:02 PM
I love this!!!!!!
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01/27/2007 02:55:28 AM
beautiful. (you spelt like wrong btw) ;)
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01/27/2007 02:50:45 AM
Fantastic photo. Love the eyes and overall color.
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01/18/2007 06:17:56 AM
really an interesting DPC wow image. nice dof unlike some other images.
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12/29/2006 07:19:55 PM
Tim, I remember when your Top 5 had kermit and Q-tips, you have come along way to finally have all 7's in your Top 5! Congrats on your blue ribbon!
Joe
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12/26/2006 04:45:39 PM
Beautiful! Luv the way "HairBall" and the leaves blend together!
It's almost as if "HairBall" is looking right at me!

I've added you to my fav's!
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12/25/2006 10:59:35 PM
His eyes are SO green!! Amazing shot! Kudos and Congrats!
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12/24/2006 09:52:59 AM
Congrats on the well-deserved ribbon.
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12/23/2006 10:08:32 AM
Fantstic colours, what a shot!
Congratulations on a ribbon and a new PB.
Happy holidays!
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12/22/2006 09:02:35 AM
Very nice, congratulation on winning the blue ribbon!
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12/22/2006 05:31:31 AM
OMG! That cat blends with the background so well. Really a fall feline! ;)
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12/21/2006 12:33:49 PM
great job, you deserve it
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12/20/2006 09:29:05 PM
The color of the leaves is amazing, really adds to an already fab photo.
Congrats on the ribbon, its awesome.
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12/20/2006 09:22:57 PM
Great picture, congrats on the ribbon..
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12/20/2006 09:18:00 PM
24 Faves mate...woo hoo...add me to your list
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12/20/2006 06:00:08 PM
The cats dominated this challenge!!!!! Congratulations on your blue! :)
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12/20/2006 04:12:34 PM
beautiful shot!
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12/20/2006 04:06:40 PM
well deserved! Don't ever give up that cat! The clear green eyes is what did it!
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12/20/2006 12:43:57 PM
WoooooooooWHoooooooo! Congratulations on your ribbon and an outstanding photo for this challenge!!!
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12/20/2006 11:48:31 AM
Super job, Tim. Dang...it's too bad you missed that mid-6 number, eh? Lol.
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12/20/2006 09:54:13 AM
Beautiful cat and beautiful picture!! Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!!
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12/20/2006 09:51:06 AM
Congrats Tim, blue looks great in your portfolio!
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12/20/2006 09:22:58 AM
Fantastic job. Congrats on the Blue.
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12/20/2006 09:21:56 AM
Wow! I love everything about this, especially the eyes. Tim, you just keep getting better and better. Can't wait to see what you do next.
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12/20/2006 09:17:57 AM
Congrats on the awesome score Tim! It's a beautiful picture.
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12/20/2006 09:13:12 AM
WOOOOOHOOOOOOO hootie hoot Mr. Aimee!!!! GREAT shot!!!! AWESOME score!!!! yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!! (departs still smiling and clapping!!!)
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12/20/2006 08:42:55 AM
My favorite won! Many Congrats to you!!!!!
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12/20/2006 08:40:09 AM
This is breathtaking, mid 6's, no way! Congrats on your top finish :)
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12/20/2006 08:35:04 AM
Awesome job Tim, CBUS representin'! :P
You didn't use any fill?
His face feels like a nice half stop or so over the surrounding area.
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12/20/2006 08:26:38 AM
d00d! Suhweet! What beautiful colours, and the composition from head to tail is perfecto. Congrats on your new Personal Best and another Blue. Way to go!
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12/20/2006 07:40:37 AM
I guessed this would win. beautiful cat in a wonderful and colourful surrounding. Fantastic photo. Congrats on the BLUE
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12/20/2006 07:33:19 AM
Tim!!! Wow!!! 7.6!! I am in awe! Course this totally deserves a 7.6! Congratulations on this aMAZING photo! It's so nice to see kitties get their proper place in these awards! :)

And tee hee. . .Aimee you sound just like my husband about my cat :)

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12/20/2006 06:59:46 AM
Check out your score!! CONGRATULATIONS my friend! I really like the colors, focus, just everything about the picture!
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12/20/2006 06:53:33 AM
Great...now I can't even escape this stupid cat when I go to DPC land! There should be some sort of law against this! Stupidcatstupidcatstupidcat.....I mean congratulations on your very well deserved ribbon (bleh).
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12/20/2006 05:25:38 AM
woohooooooooooooo.
Excellent Tim.
Congratulations.
Very well deserved.
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12/20/2006 03:07:39 AM
Congrats, Tim, outstanding shot, great colors!
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12/20/2006 02:59:51 AM
Congratulations! this is a great photo and your ribbon is well deserved. Beautiful cat as well. I also see you managed to dodge the 'trolls' no votes with 1 or 2.

Fantastic :)
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12/20/2006 02:44:41 AM
Way to go Hairball! What beautiful colors, congratulations!
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12/20/2006 02:30:22 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. I didn't vote this challenge... stunning composition, gorgeous beastie, love the autumnal leaves and general hues.Congratulations!!
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12/20/2006 02:27:57 AM
Congrats on the Blue and your PB. Great effort.
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12/20/2006 02:00:12 AM
Oooh!!
That is so nice.. I was guessing you would ribbon from your thread scores..
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12/20/2006 01:36:03 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. It's a very nice shot.
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12/20/2006 01:08:32 AM
BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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12/20/2006 12:59:36 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations on your Blue!
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12/20/2006 12:58:15 AM
What can I say Tim. Just an amazing effort and perfectly timed... :)
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12/20/2006 12:51:48 AM
You found the setting that would show off this beauty perfectly
and capitalized on it. Congratulations on a fine image. And a
fine cat!
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12/20/2006 12:48:14 AM
Stunning, dreamy, vivid and serene all wrapped up in one photo. Congratulations on your Blue Timmy! :)
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12/20/2006 12:46:06 AM
Dude...Kick ass
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12/20/2006 12:45:00 AM
great composition. Background compliments cat.
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12/20/2006 12:43:06 AM
I am *so delighted* that this won. Congrats!
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12/20/2006 12:32:22 AM
Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, Timeeeeeeeee! Blue...you knew you had it in the bag...really happy for ya mate! As they say around here 'onya'!

Great shot...deserved win

PS: (Have you shaved the eyebrows yet?)
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12/20/2006 12:27:07 AM
Gorgeous shot Tim, you must be over the moon with delight. Huge congrats on winning the BLUE.
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12/20/2006 12:23:38 AM
I loved this shot the first time I saw it. Got my highest score! Very, very well done. You just can't stop looking at it! Congrats!
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12/20/2006 12:22:07 AM
Congratulations on your blue. This is an excellent shot with gorgeous colors.
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12/20/2006 12:18:14 AM
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cat pics I've ever seen.
Congrats on your rib1.gif Tim - it was well-deserved!
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12/20/2006 12:17:44 AM
I absolutely loved this shot as soon as I saw it.... contrats on the blue!!!!
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12/20/2006 12:17:08 AM
Yay Hairball!! Gorgeous shot. Great composition, colors, DOF. Congrats on the Blue!!!
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12/20/2006 12:13:18 AM
This is such a yummy shot! Congrats on the blue.
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12/20/2006 12:12:48 AM
Ironic that you mentioned cat shots not doing well when they are all three of the front page shots are of cats :) Congrats, I love this shot.
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12/20/2006 12:10:52 AM
Yes...yes...yes.....You did it mate, and I am just so very proud of you.....

"C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S." and way to go Sir "TIM" and way to go Cats.....

Message edited by author 2006-12-20 00:12:03.
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12/20/2006 12:09:56 AM
So THIS is what all the anticipation was about? Killer shot, Sir Timfy!
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12/20/2006 12:09:36 AM
Well, here's to hoping you peaked a week early. Nice pussy shot Tim.
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12/20/2006 12:09:03 AM
Yayyy...the pussies win...UNTOUCHABLES RUUUUUUUUUUUUUULE!!
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12/20/2006 12:08:16 AM
Way to go, Tim! Big congrats on your Blue!!!
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12/20/2006 12:06:24 AM
Congrats dude. Cats all the way baby!
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12/20/2006 12:05:47 AM
TIM!!! I am so happy you won. THis was the one I was gunning for. Awesome. Just simply terrific. So well deserved. WOO HOO FOR YOU!!!!
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12/20/2006 12:05:39 AM
Go Big Blue!!! Congrats Man!
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12/20/2006 12:05:33 AM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congrats. awesome shot. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2006 05:15:35 PM
Good colours, nice and sharp.
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12/19/2006 12:45:48 PM
Wonderful picture in autumn colors! Truly classy!
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12/19/2006 11:56:56 AM
"Is the photo shoot almost over? I need to catch my flight to Milan! Claudia Schiffer & Iman won't wait forever :) Great Portrait! Fine clarity! Good Job! :)
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12/19/2006 05:14:29 AM
9 - Very nice. Very nice scene and colors. Just wonder about with the space either side of the cat whether a fraction more above the head would have visually balanced this out even better, but then the cat would be smaller, so who knows. Otherwise, maybe just a little tighter either side. Again, white framing works well, but at this size, I'd just like to have seen the cat bigger. Difficult, but more detail discernible in the cat too.
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12/19/2006 04:55:57 AM
Very cool.
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12/18/2006 03:59:20 PM
Colors are phenomenal. 9
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12/18/2006 03:15:50 PM
A very interesting cat portrait. Good colors to set off
this long-haired beauty.
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12/18/2006 01:07:26 PM
Beautiful colors; great job making the cat stand out. The eyes pop without being overdone.
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12/17/2006 05:15:01 PM
This has to be my favorite shot of the whole challenge. I love the colorful leaves adding a really fall feeling to the photo. Nice composition without centering the cat. Great detail...definately a 10 from me!
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12/17/2006 04:18:29 PM
I really love the fall colors and the composition of this picture!
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12/17/2006 12:01:48 AM
Great colors!!!
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12/16/2006 11:42:11 PM
great colors and background
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12/16/2006 10:23:18 PM
Just beautiful! He/she seems to look into your soul! The colored leaves and the forest make this almost fantasy-like. Making it a favorite!
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12/16/2006 02:58:53 PM
This is a great portrait and a wonderful use of the natural background.
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12/16/2006 08:39:45 AM
Far and away one of my favorites of this challenge, if not my favorite. Beautiful detail, coloring, lighting, etc. Great job! 10
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12/16/2006 08:14:31 AM
Lovely shot but I can't get past the fact that this is the most annoying cat in the world. Sorry to dock you for subject matter. I'm always picking his hairs out of my eyes and he is always drinking out of my water glass. How gross is that? Stupid cat! I can only muster an 8.
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12/15/2006 11:59:47 PM
Nice clairity and colors. Cat looks somewhat surprised.
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12/15/2006 03:48:28 PM
Absoluetly SUPERB... amazing colour, wonderfull setting, beautifull subject and just look at that pose! PERFECT!!!!
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12/15/2006 08:58:44 AM
one of my favs. Love the colours 8
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12/15/2006 12:11:49 AM
What a long hair beauty! Great foliage. 8
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12/14/2006 10:00:14 PM
beautiful!
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12/14/2006 09:00:41 PM
Lovely cat, and excellent use of color/composition to compliment the kitty's fur!
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12/14/2006 08:48:58 PM
Nice use of the rule of thirds good composition and combination of colors
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12/14/2006 08:33:08 PM
Beautiful, thanks for sharing her with us.
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12/14/2006 04:39:43 PM
nice. Great complimentary colors... should top 10..
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12/14/2006 02:30:00 PM
This photo is great because of the post processing. The colors really pop. However, when one starts to post process you must watch out for taking it too far in some areas. This is one where the eyes are just too sharp for this resolution. I give points for the post for the colors, yet take the same points away for the oversharpened eyes. I give it the same score even if there was no post, a high 7. If the eyes weren't overdone, it would have probably been my favorite with a 8 or 9. Great photo overall, highly recommended. Marking as a favorite for the whole concept and to give me ideas in the future.
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12/14/2006 01:33:20 PM
I really like this! great setting, pretty cat, nice vibrant colors
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12/14/2006 11:26:12 AM
Beautiful shot!! Love the colors. It's a little dark on my monitor, but still a great shot!
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12/14/2006 09:50:52 AM
i could be wrong, but for some reason this screams Elsapo to me...but this is high class, great job :) 10
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12/14/2006 08:47:35 AM
Beautiful image - the cat's eyes just jump off the screen. 9
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12/14/2006 03:37:26 AM
Yes....so stunning!!
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12/13/2006 11:10:38 PM
Love the colors and pose; the eyes stand out beautifully.
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12/13/2006 08:38:24 PM
I really like this shot a lot. I love the autumn leaves on the ground for their extra color, and I like the direct stare into the camera. Very cute kitty. Great DOF to give a sense of the environment, but not in focus enough to draw attention from the subject.
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12/13/2006 08:26:54 PM
Beautiful with the colors in the leaves.
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12/13/2006 08:12:31 PM
wow! This is different than any pet portrait picture I've seen! Very sharp. Great job 10!
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12/13/2006 05:52:42 PM
very nice lighting and colors.
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12/13/2006 11:13:16 AM
Beautiful! Colors, comp. and focus all work well! 8
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12/13/2006 10:47:05 AM
This is my favorite of the challenge...the warm colors, the composition, the gorgeous cat...perfect to me! *10*
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12/13/2006 09:55:00 AM
That is perfect. THe scenery, color, DOF, setting, composition. 10 BRAVO BRAVO
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12/13/2006 09:37:09 AM
well done ... one of the best that I have seen -
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12/13/2006 06:14:25 AM
this is stunning. One of my ribbon picks. Good luck. this is fantastic.
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12/13/2006 03:00:35 AM
Wow! Gorgeous colours. Excellent focus. 9
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12/13/2006 02:16:17 AM
Perfect portrait. An "8" from me.
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12/13/2006 02:03:17 AM
great dof and light...hope this does well for you because it's one of the better ones in this huge challenge
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12/13/2006 12:51:31 AM
A Coon Cat I believe? If so then this autumn backdrop is really perfect for it invokes the idea of a wild animal (think raccoon) in it's wooded habitat. Even if not this portrait is still striking. The colors and textures are rich. And the lighting is spot on that we can appreciate all the lovely details of the cat and it's surroundings. The cat is also perfectly posed with those eyes firmly staring at us when we, the viewer, stare back at this magnificent cat.
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12/13/2006 12:49:17 AM
holy shit! magic
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12/13/2006 12:33:01 AM
Lovely cat and great background!
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12/13/2006 12:27:16 AM
great colors. the leaves really bring out the colors in the eyes!
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