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Now You Listen Here...
Now You Listen Here...
Rebecca


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Duotones III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Littleton, CO
Date: Nov 11, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2007

Because Sorcha is gray and has these great luminous green eyes, she always photographs well in black and white. So I figured she was my best shot at a quick Duotone entry. I coaxed her out onto the balcony where the light was good, and snapped what I could. She wasn't quite in the mood to model, and here she's giving me an earful on the subject.

The basics:
Gradient map using black and a very light orange
Second gradient map in b/w to desaturate
various hue tweaks
shadow/highlight
dodging and burning
gothic glow layer, fill 50%
channel mixer in monochrome, pull back red, bump green
selective sharpening on eyes and ears, background layer only
crop, resize, flatten
more selective sharpening on eyes
save for web

Post-challenge:
I entered this one because I cracked up every time I looked at it, honestly. I don't normally enter cat shots, but this one cracks me up, even a week later. I'm glad so many people got a kick out of it! Here's an alternate version I threw together while playing with fake lomo techniques and textures.
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Statistics
Place: 89 out of 295
Avg (all users): 5.9298
Avg (commenters): 7.7222
Avg (participants): 5.8761
Avg (non-participants): 6.0345
Views since voting: 777
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 171
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2007 08:22:33 PM
Ha! Perfect title...and I love this point of view.
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11/18/2007 07:07:45 PM
you give me nightmares. 10
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11/18/2007 05:35:51 PM
what a great shot! that face! i look at this and it makes me think of a feline version of Count Dracula...lol. great tone and excellent composition!
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11/18/2007 11:51:45 AM
This is one of my favorite shots in this group - i hope it does well! great job!
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11/17/2007 08:57:26 AM
LOL!! Wonderful! Perfect title, too.
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11/16/2007 01:44:46 PM
Great DOF and tone. The expression is awesome, and its very nicely composed. Nice work.
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11/15/2007 02:22:33 PM
wonderful shot!
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11/14/2007 11:29:57 PM
Nice focus & composition. A nice capture of the cat with his mouth open and very sharp detail, nicely done!
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11/14/2007 05:14:22 PM
Oooooo, fierce bad kitty! Interesting DOF -- really draws the attention to the cats face and expression.
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11/13/2007 07:30:31 PM
creepy... nice tones though 10
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11/13/2007 06:30:30 PM
Wonderful DOF. I'd be paying attention!
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11/13/2007 02:07:07 PM
LoL...love it!! I like your composition and angle...great looking kitty too!
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11/12/2007 09:30:50 PM
What did you do to make her so mad?? :)
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11/12/2007 08:35:25 PM
kitty looks possessed... great capture :-) 8
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11/12/2007 07:40:33 PM
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11/12/2007 06:58:57 PM
Great shot....creepy yet very well done!
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11/12/2007 06:43:33 PM
OK you've got my attention...anything you say...I'll do it!!! Great shot. Different and entertaining! I think you could crop about an inch off the right since I don't think that space holds value. Nice color tones. Well done. 8
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11/12/2007 09:22:33 AM
I really like this shot. I do wish the crop was a bit wider to allow his chest fur all the way in the shot and his tail to be fully seen. But overall an excellent image. Great eye detail, good timing on catching his meow and the color tones work well. Very cool image. Bumping up.
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11/12/2007 02:21:59 AM
woe! that cat has an attitude! 7
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11/12/2007 12:06:59 AM
Wow, that's a scarey looking cat! Is this taken down from above it? Good DOF and timing. I'm entered in this and I'm not voting.
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