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kawana


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Challenge: Pet Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Canada
Date: Dec 11, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2006

Ok well this is my cat nick, hes a buggar to photograph! He tore down my backdrop 5 times before i got this one shot lol. Ok onto the details
ss: 1/5
ap: 4.5
iso: 100

250W worklight to his right with homemade defuser and white posterboard on his left as a reflector (thats what hes looking at)

Raw editing:
Fixed exposure
sharpness

cs2 editing:
Cropped
USM on whole image
2nd USM on right side of face only
enhanced eyes to make them "pop"
selective dodging and burning on face and back
thats about it, resized for web and here we are.

Statistics
Place: 204 out of 378
Avg (all users): 5.4762
Avg (commenters): 6.9231
Avg (participants): 5.3033
Avg (non-participants): 5.6385
Views since voting: 772
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 252
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0


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01/01/2007 03:21:06 AM
Love this!!! Great lighting and cute kitty! Super score, too! Happy New Year...you got talent, kid! ;)
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12/24/2006 12:45:58 AM
Originally posted by kawana:

Hmm.. well not exactly an outstanding placing lol, but at least i didn't get any 1's haha


Not outstanding, but good! Especially for your first challenge entry. And congrats on a nice score.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/23/2006 05:18:17 PM
Needs more light sources to fill in the harsh shadows
Picture slightly out of focus also: 4
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2006 07:33:07 PM
Originally posted by Jmnuggy:

Ive seen your questions in the posts, hopefully a critique of this image will help a bit. don't take offense to anything.

Pros: Very nice subject, good pose, nice backdrop (could use an ironing though), pretty good composition.

Cons: Lacks details in eyes, focus is not sharp, most of his body is in shadows. Biggest drawback is the focus.

What could have helped? Your lighting was off. The light on the face is nice, but it needs something on his body. You could have used the flash to fill in the light (fill flash).

ISO 100 is great to use to reduce noise or grain, but you need to have enough light. For this, you didn't have enough light and you shot at 1/5 shutter speed. thats too slow for handheld. If you had more light you could shoot at a faster shutter speed, or used flash to achieve the same thing.

Aperature of 4.5. With that lens, its not very sharp at that aperature. Maybe used F8, but again you would needed more light.

The lack of focus looks like camera shake. At 1/5 for a shutter speed, its nearly impossible to get a sharp image handheld. You could have used a tripod to fix that, but then again the cat could move. Faster shutter speed would have made this sharper.

Shoot in bursts of 3. Take 3 pictures right in a row, real fast, your camera has the setting for it. This helps get one sharp shot if you have a living subject that can move unexpectedly.


Thanks for the tips, but i did use a tripod, ive only had my camera for a little over a week so im still getting used to it lol
12/21/2006 11:22:28 AM
Ive seen your questions in the posts, hopefully a critique of this image will help a bit. don't take offense to anything.

Pros: Very nice subject, good pose, nice backdrop (could use an ironing though), pretty good composition.

Cons: Lacks details in eyes, focus is not sharp, most of his body is in shadows. Biggest drawback is the focus.

What could have helped? Your lighting was off. The light on the face is nice, but it needs something on his body. You could have used the flash to fill in the light (fill flash).

ISO 100 is great to use to reduce noise or grain, but you need to have enough light. For this, you didn't have enough light and you shot at 1/5 shutter speed. thats too slow for handheld. If you had more light you could shoot at a faster shutter speed, or used flash to achieve the same thing.

Aperature of 4.5. With that lens, its not very sharp at that aperature. Maybe used F8, but again you would needed more light.

The lack of focus looks like camera shake. At 1/5 for a shutter speed, its nearly impossible to get a sharp image handheld. You could have used a tripod to fix that, but then again the cat could move. Faster shutter speed would have made this sharper.

Shoot in bursts of 3. Take 3 pictures right in a row, real fast, your camera has the setting for it. This helps get one sharp shot if you have a living subject that can move unexpectedly.
12/20/2006 01:21:11 AM
Hmm.. well not exactly an outstanding placing lol, but at least i didn't get any 1's haha
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2006 11:21:41 PM
LOL! Best title ever.
12/19/2006 12:14:29 PM
Sweet! Confession is good for the soul, but some changes are easier said than done, Right? Amazing Blue Eyes! Great Portrait! Fine clarity! Good Job! :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/19/2006 10:01:20 AM
Lack of clarity.
12/18/2006 01:00:00 PM
I like the background you chose and you really nailed the moment. Funny title too. The border is a bit much for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/18/2006 01:36:51 AM
"No, my child. 'Tis what you do best. Just stop bringing them in the house to your mom." (great title, sweet looking mouser)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/16/2006 10:25:01 PM
4 - Good potential, just mainly the blur/focal issues. Not sure on the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/15/2006 12:49:59 PM
Nice photo here. The lighting seems slightly imbalanced to the back left. Would have scored a smidge higher if you had not cut off the back area.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/15/2006 09:30:19 AM
(note to self, ignore the titles) nice eyes.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/14/2006 12:36:13 PM
Nicely composed. I wish the cats face were in focus though...the eyes just don't jump out at me because they are not sharp enough. The focus seems to be on the cats shoulder?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/14/2006 06:22:38 AM
Your title goes perfectly with this beauty's face. I would personally perfer a little more lighting. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2006 05:25:07 PM
I really think that your title made the picture. I mean don't get me wrong it is a great shot. But the title really brings it all together. Great work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2006 04:09:42 PM
oooooo........nice lighting, background and pose!!! How on earth did you get that shot? It's hard enough to set it all up properly let alone get them to actually stay there AND.......get that pose!!!!!!!! Great shot!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2006 07:13:09 AM
Love it ! 10 !
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