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Approaching Middle Age

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: UK
Date: Apr 22, 2007
Aperture: f/4.9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/64
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2007

Ginger Tom cat looking a bit haggard, but then he always looks like that.

Place: 103 out of 380
Avg (all users): 5.9641
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8108
Avg (non-participants): 6.0860
Views since voting: 737
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 167
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/05/2007 06:42:39 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :o)

I've spent a lot of time looking at this one trying to work out both the good and bad points and wow, you have certainly managed to capture a lot of detail is this shot.

I absolutely love the angle this has been taken from, it really puts a lot of focus on the expression and features on this tom cats face and helps to draw my attention to his eyes which, in my opinion, happen to be the most powerful part of this shot.

I've been looking at some of your comments regarding whether or not this shot is classed as B&W, and in my opinion the de-saturation of colour, whether intentional or otherwise, has really added a whole heap of character to this shot and going back to the eyes, they boast the most about of colour in the whole image and rightly so.
The background remains neutral and does not distract but carries enough detail so the viewer can make out what it is. Great DOF to achieve this.

In my opinion this is the only real weakness in the shot with the area around the right hand side whiskers and eye over-exposed. I'm guessing this is caused by the sun shining on this side of his face and would have been hard to control without underexposing other parts of the shot. Perhaps the only real fix for this would have been to move to a different location where the lighting was more neutral but I know this sometimes not always possible and you've done a great job with the conditions available.

A pin sharp image with plenty of detail to keep the viewers attention. You have shown strong technical ability to produce an interesting image out of an otherwise ordinary subject.

Great Job!

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05/04/2007 01:29:45 AM
Two people have called this a B&W photo. I think some of y'all need to adjust your monitors...or I do. There is plenty of color here. It is a desaturated shot, but the color hasn't been totally removed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2007 04:30:31 PM
I love cats and I love the focus. I think the black and white with the tont also looks great. I think this a great shot.10
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04/27/2007 05:13:27 PM
Looks like my kitty..
i like the way u took this photo...
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04/27/2007 11:48:51 AM
I like the sharpness of the photo. Good job
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04/26/2007 11:59:59 PM
Nice captured character from a cat.
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04/26/2007 07:38:08 PM
Nice shot and detail. Good use of thirds in numerous areas, eyes, nose. (7)
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04/26/2007 03:35:31 PM
usually when people take pictures of their pet cats, they look reallly bad, but this one is good, nice job
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04/25/2007 01:42:51 PM
An outstanding photo! Exquisite focus. B&W was definitely a wise choice. The expression on the cat is marvelous; being in middle-age myself, I can certainly see myself (at times) mirrored here. My only reason for not giving this a ten (and it's a bit churlish of me, but this *is* about the Rule of Thirds, after all) is that I think this should have been cropped to move the cat to the right just a tiny amount: a little too much brick is showing. The eyes are a little off the grid nodes, which is really a petty complaint, but there it is. Still and all, this is a wonderful photo :-)
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04/25/2007 05:30:43 AM
didn't I see that cat a minute ago?

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