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"The Look"
"The Look"
Pedro


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: National Geographic (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II
Location: St. George's Zoo - Calgary, AB, Canada
Date: Jan 12, 2004
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2004

Taken at the Calgary Zoo on January 12th...first day of the Challenge (which is a first for me). I needed a serious escape from people that day, and the zoo seemed like the ideal location. I spent a lot of time with this girl. She wasn't too impressed with me I don't think, and kept giving me that look.

It was late in the day and the light was horrible, so it took some doing. I bumped the ISO to 400, and tried several 4-shot bursts to get the clarity of this image.
The colour in the original was really flat (link at the bottom) so I did a little photoshopping; curves mostly, crop, little increase in saturation, colour balance away from green, and a little dodging (the only thing that wouldn't have met the 'old' rules ' . substr('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/inana.gif', strrpos('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/inana.gif', '/') + 1) . '

Alecia helped me a lot with the post shot adjustment concepts...I know the techniques, but she's got the eye.

Thanks for lookin'.
Pedro

link to original shot //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=55423

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 124
Avg (all users): 7.2353
Avg (commenters): 8.0690
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.4094
Views since voting: 5383
Votes: 221
Comments: 37
Favorites: 14 (view)


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04/03/2007 08:12:56 PM
Now that's a mean looking cat.
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02/06/2007 11:14:57 AM
GOOD look! Anyone who's married has gotten "That Look"! LOL!!!
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08/17/2005 11:28:08 AM
I'd say don't piss her off, but it look as you already did. Great capture.
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01/26/2004 02:05:29 PM
This was my top animal shot of the challenge! I was sure this was gonna place red after my blue ;-) .. just goes to show you. LOL

Great post processing!

Yanik
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01/26/2004 10:52:41 AM
Congratulations! I'm glad you finished in the top 10, I didn't want to have to start breaking knee caps, it really cuts into my meditating ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2004 11:10:17 PM
Could have used more contrast between the cat and the background. Nice photo.
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01/25/2004 07:53:21 PM
Very nice feel to this shot...the colors, DOF, cropping all are perfect! Little more expression in the eyes, with a little more reflection would have helped...but not always possible.
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01/25/2004 12:45:35 PM
What a look indeed. The DOF works well to distinguish the subject from the background even though they are the same color. I might crop the top and make it a more square composition.
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01/24/2004 05:05:35 PM
Positively stunning; fantastic detail.
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01/23/2004 05:52:14 PM
The colour and the texture in this picture are awesome!
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01/23/2004 03:44:13 PM
I would hate to be the receiver of this glare!
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01/23/2004 05:45:20 AM
Great shot. Maybe just a pinch dark. The expression is great. The detail is very good as well. Nice work 9
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01/22/2004 10:28:14 AM
hmm i dunno.....it's all wrong....blah..... just kidding
;-) [fantastic work!]
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01/22/2004 10:01:28 AM
A bit too red for a natural look to me.
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01/22/2004 03:34:06 AM
Sensational. Love the way it stands out from the backgtound, almost lookd 3d.
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01/21/2004 08:43:39 PM
color is too much on red side,9 from me!
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01/21/2004 10:46:49 AM
Brilliantly sharp, and the cat's expression gives the feeling that he's about to jump right off the screen at you.
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01/20/2004 09:33:44 PM
Good title, nice colors, too bad the background is not a little more contrasting. Still a very nice shot.
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01/20/2004 07:46:24 PM
beautiful!! The dof and sharpness of this image is excellent - I love this one!
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01/20/2004 04:11:06 PM
Another well done big cat. We have one trotting around the county somewhere, but I don't want to go look for him. Excellent composition, color, and lighting. Great capture on the expression also.
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01/20/2004 08:49:27 AM
Yes , what a look. gorgeous
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01/20/2004 07:31:58 AM
Love the clarity in this and very NG
Good work
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01/20/2004 06:43:03 AM
Wow... what a fantastic picture. I really love it. Really well-focussed. 10
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01/19/2004 08:59:02 PM
Gorgeous - I love the warm tones! 10.
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01/19/2004 08:02:03 PM
Striking photograph. Would have tried cropping the top part off? Also, because the subject color and the background color are so similar, perhaps only saturate the subject and not the background? Just some suggestions... Great expression on the cat.
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01/19/2004 07:19:28 PM
Looked at this off and on most of the day. It's a good capture. Compliments.
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01/19/2004 06:05:37 PM
great moment! great capture!
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01/19/2004 01:09:12 PM
good title like the background blur 7
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01/19/2004 12:54:45 PM
You need a title that would warrant a NG picture. Something like "Mountain Lions of the West"
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01/19/2004 11:57:13 AM
I love the nature shots! This one is so pretty! Even though there are not alot of different colors - I like the variations of browns you have here. The focus on the photo is great, and the look on his face is great! 10
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01/19/2004 10:59:17 AM
Great shot, wish he'd opened his eyes though...

Nice and clear, the details in the hair on his ear and his whiskers is good. 8
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01/19/2004 10:53:50 AM
Nice capture, colors are intense (yet monocromatic) excellent dof, expression is priceless. You've got it all on this one
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01/19/2004 09:24:16 AM
Awesome, especially in regard to clarity and depth of field. Good luck.
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01/19/2004 04:10:35 AM
well done great eye contact! The background is so very fitting. Good luck 8
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01/19/2004 02:52:41 AM
Crop can be tighter on top. But this shot is good because of the shallow DOF. Very well-seen.
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01/19/2004 12:38:33 AM
Great shot, and you are right, if looks could kill :), this has excellent detail and color.
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01/19/2004 12:18:25 AM
Gorgeous animal - but he looks a bit grumpy!
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