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2nd PlaceTabby Cat
yanko


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Challenge: Pet Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Date: Feb 22, 2008
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2008

This is Squeak. We've had her for two years now and she's still very feral. You can't just approach her for something like a photo shoot without her running away although I tried many times. I captured this shot while she was underneath our living room table. Setup was simple. I stuck a flash under the table and faced it up so it would bounce off the table. Naturally I used my 70-200mm lens which gave me good reach while staying as far away from her as possible so she wouldn't run.

Outtake:

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Given the .1 drop this had on the final day I'm surprised it still finished 2nd. I was expecting a lot of other images to have done better so it turns out I was pretty lucky.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.2930
Avg (commenters): 8.3158
Avg (participants): 7.1810
Avg (non-participants): 7.4242
Views since voting: 8138
Views during voting: 468
Votes: 215
Comments: 91
Favorites: 39 (view)


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11/01/2012 09:34:09 PM
Ohhh may you live on and on, in memory.
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03/08/2008 04:52:58 AM
Brilliant stuff! She is so lively! Congrats on the RR!
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03/06/2008 10:14:01 PM
Aww, she looks like my Skye. Wish I could get this photo of Skye, though.
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03/06/2008 09:18:28 AM
Richard, I think you've proven to be the master of cat portraits :-) This is another incredible shot. Very well done, and congratulations on your ribbon!
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03/05/2008 07:45:27 PM
I knew your beauty cat will bring you a wonderful shot. Congrats Richard!
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03/05/2008 05:33:39 PM
yanko, congratulations on a very well deserved ribbon.
in my opinion, this is the best, straight forward pet photo in this contest.
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03/05/2008 10:46:47 AM
I am speechless...wow!!

keep up the good work!!
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03/05/2008 05:48:38 AM
Just fantastic! Please let us see a lot more of Squeak and Zeus, they really put a big smile across my face! Privilege to see such perfection.
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03/04/2008 04:33:37 PM
You do cats as well as anyone. Congrats!
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03/04/2008 01:00:37 PM
I would Love to know what the post-processing steps were that you used on this photo. I keep coming back to it and looking at it again. IMO this is better than your photo "18 Years"
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03/04/2008 10:58:46 AM
the eyes are just amazing. congrats!
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03/04/2008 02:17:39 AM
Beautiful cat. It's hard to believe she wasn't posing.
Congratulations on the ribbon, too. ;-)
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03/03/2008 10:50:51 PM
Exquisite detail, lovely color, awesome vignette. Simply stunning! Never before has it seemed like a cat was about to jump through my computer screen. Nice work, Richard!
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03/03/2008 08:44:35 PM
Beautiful shot yanko, congrats on your ribbon. I'd love to see through those eyes just once.
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03/03/2008 08:42:26 PM
Congrats Richard, seems you have the red locked up in the Pet Portrait challenges:) Your on a hot streak, keep it rollin!
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03/03/2008 08:30:46 PM
Just awesome....Congrats!!!
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03/03/2008 05:06:44 PM
amazing shot!!!well deserved ribbon!
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03/03/2008 04:59:48 PM
Wow! Just fantastic! How did you get this damn sharpness in the eyes :D I have tried for a year to get such a nice shoot of my cat and I m still searching for a good approach to do this...this is the best cat foto i ve ever seen ;)

(sorry for my bad english, i have learnt it for two years only)
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03/03/2008 04:30:06 PM
I want your camera. And the lens too. Congrats!
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03/03/2008 03:27:19 PM
wow. very crisp, clean, wonderfull detail, and a very pretty kitty.
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03/03/2008 02:53:34 PM
Hey WTG man. I knew this was a good shot.
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03/03/2008 11:07:55 AM
Squeak is sooooooo cute!!! This shot is amazing. Congratulations!
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03/03/2008 10:35:28 AM
Richard, I'm thrilled that the cats were so well-represented by this stunning entry. (I was worried the dogs would have dominated the front page). I have to say though, "18 Years" is still my favorite!...;-)
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03/03/2008 08:29:18 AM
Congratulations on a compelling image.
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03/03/2008 08:09:10 AM
I so agree with this getting a ribbon. Outstanding shot, Richard. ;~)
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03/03/2008 07:04:01 AM
Gorgeous!! Congrats
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03/03/2008 06:59:34 AM
A great portrait and a nice cat, i thought it was taken with the 85 mm lens. Congrats.
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03/03/2008 06:49:17 AM
Congratulations on your second place win. Very nice work. :)
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03/03/2008 05:39:47 AM
Beautiful shot, congrats!!!
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03/03/2008 04:40:40 AM
That's a pretty amazing lighting job with simple means, well done!
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03/03/2008 03:18:34 AM
This was my top pick for the challenge. Excellent work all around.
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03/03/2008 03:00:46 AM
Great shot again, Richard. Couldn't imagine it was someone elses than yours.
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03/03/2008 02:47:32 AM
well done/congratulations
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03/03/2008 02:41:46 AM
congrats on the deserved ribbon, Richard!
This is just a beautiful cat-portrait!
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03/03/2008 01:21:32 AM
Congrats!!! This was one of my favorites during the challenge!
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03/03/2008 01:00:58 AM
You just love your cats don'tcha Rich??? AWESOME...congrats on the Red...are you in a puple patch at the moment???
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03/03/2008 12:51:34 AM
Congrats, Richard. Great shot.
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03/03/2008 12:48:47 AM
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' yanko you sure do beautifully in cat portraits. I had to look to make sure it wasn't
another portrait of that 18 year old from last year! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/599/120/437572.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/599/120/437572.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' which was so well done
and also took a nice red ribbon.
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03/03/2008 12:36:45 AM
Beautiful cat portrait!!! Congrats on your well deserved place in this tough challenge.
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03/03/2008 12:24:24 AM
Just perfect!
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03/03/2008 12:18:45 AM
That is MY CAT... I was looking for all over the place :/ How did it get there? I was gonna take its picture but since I couldn't find it, I had to use my backup cat :( NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... I want it back (for the next pets challenge)

Congrats :D
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03/03/2008 12:17:06 AM
great shot mate and definately one of my favorites in this challenge.....
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03/03/2008 12:17:00 AM
Yummy. I'm a huge brown tabby fan so I am NOT objective.
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03/03/2008 12:14:42 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Incredibly deserved. I say what Scalvert said during voting.
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03/03/2008 12:13:21 AM
Whoa Richard 2 pet portrait challenges in a row. You are awesome. . .and so are your KITTIES!

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03/03/2008 12:11:03 AM
great work as USUAL ;) Congrats on another ribbon, this one is perfectly soft and sharp
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03/03/2008 12:09:46 AM
Congrats! You certainly have the pet portrait idea down.
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03/03/2008 12:09:01 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon,

Love the catch lights and the closeness of the shot. Great detail.

Nice Job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2008 11:32:28 PM
My favorite cat closeup portait and made my top5 fave list from the challenge. Great job with all aspects of this shot. I have a feeling I've seen this cat before but cant seem to put my finger on who's it is. Good luck, but I don't think you need it ;)
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03/02/2008 11:31:52 PM
Love those eyes..... great image here.....
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03/02/2008 10:47:13 PM
One of only four of my 10s this topic. Well done!
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03/02/2008 10:11:55 PM
nice composition,
great lighting
awesome pet portrait
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03/02/2008 09:21:10 PM
i can see this on the front of a photography book-9
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03/02/2008 05:56:00 PM
Wow ... this rivals the wonderful images of the big cats we've see on DPC , the intense stare and the amazing sharp quality should put your score up there. 10
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03/02/2008 05:52:28 PM
Beautiful. Everything here just looks purrfect: detail, sharpness, texture, crop etc.
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03/02/2008 04:23:20 PM
Super close up, pretty cat.
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03/01/2008 11:15:25 PM
You've taken a "common" subject and presented it with incredible intensity. No costumes, pretty scenes or funny situations... just a really compelling portrait and outstanding photography. This HAS to ribbon. 10
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03/01/2008 11:51:36 AM
Well done.
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03/01/2008 10:24:37 AM
WOW! Amazing detail!
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02/29/2008 05:05:05 PM
Top 3 I reckon and possible winner...my second favourite after shower cat!
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02/29/2008 03:42:26 PM
I expect to see this definitely in the top 10. Beautiful shot & great lighting.
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02/29/2008 03:42:17 PM
8 - I deliberated over this at first, it is good, but my first thoughts were that the eyes were overprocessed to the point that they didn't look natural, that coupled with the few similar images I've seen on DPC, although that really doesn't matter. There is something slightly unnatural in the eyes, but could be that this is shot in a studio, not sure, but - other than perhaps a suggestion of the lighting at the top similar to that as what appears to be at the bottom, this is a very good image and a very nice pet portrait, and yes, shows off the 'plain old tabby cat''s features well.
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02/29/2008 02:08:05 PM
Gorgeous eyes, wonderful softness in the fur. Perfect use of a centered composition.
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02/28/2008 01:13:16 AM
Cats fill the frame alot better than dogs. In this case, you've done a great job.
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02/27/2008 11:23:49 PM
Wonderful light and detail and intense catly stare. Nicely done.
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02/27/2008 10:21:03 PM
Wonderful sharpness and use of light. Love the symmetry and tight crop. 8.
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02/27/2008 08:31:02 PM
nice comp and treatment. purrrrfectly sharp where it needs to be too!
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02/27/2008 07:19:14 PM
I like how you processed this shot... the eyes are really nice and sharp.
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02/27/2008 05:12:38 PM
Crop out the ears and the neck.
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02/27/2008 11:43:22 AM
This will do well. Can`t fault it.10
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02/27/2008 09:20:22 AM
oh gosh, how adorable is your model. his calm composure and elegant pose, whilst still looking interesting and have emotion in the eyes is outstanding. Oh and the photographer is pretty good too 9
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02/26/2008 07:17:29 PM
good closeup and detail
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02/26/2008 04:30:52 PM
Wow, a stunning portrait. Would've given it 10 if I could Vote. Good Luck
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02/26/2008 12:10:28 PM
Just plain spectacular. I cvan offer nothing but my feelings in the score. 9
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02/26/2008 02:22:47 AM
Very nice close up - love the intensity of the stare.
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02/26/2008 12:37:42 AM
No vote but WOW Good Job man... Super Clear and astonishingly sharp on the eyes.
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02/25/2008 11:05:14 PM
Awesome pic. Looks like a cat-super-model.
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02/25/2008 11:02:13 PM
i ... think ... by far ... this is my favorite!
pre-congrats on the blue! ;-D
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02/25/2008 08:53:56 PM
Feels very much like a studio portrait. Lighting seems purrfect to me. Focus and sharpness are terrific. Well done.
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02/25/2008 07:34:45 PM
The eyes look just right
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02/25/2008 06:30:00 PM
Thats how you do it!
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02/25/2008 03:33:33 PM
She's lovely....
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02/25/2008 03:10:09 PM
this is a cat-portrait par exellence!
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02/25/2008 12:29:40 PM
WOW...Extraordinarily luminous and beautiful eyes!
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02/25/2008 10:20:37 AM
Beautiful. Tac sharp, great lighting. -10-
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02/25/2008 09:14:08 AM
Great focus and fill the frame!! Excellent lighting too. To me, this is technically perfect. 8
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02/25/2008 08:40:14 AM
this is very well done; love the soft light on face and cat's expression: best cat image in challenge
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02/25/2008 07:49:00 AM
best picture in the challenge of a close up cat's face, executed nicely. 7
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02/25/2008 03:21:51 AM
Superb. Good use of vignetting. Tack sharp, just where it needs to be. Wont be surprised to see this in the ribbons.
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02/25/2008 02:08:34 AM
Gorgeous eyes and sharp as can be!
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02/25/2008 12:57:01 AM
Dandy tabby portrait, great choice to fill the frame.
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