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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Colorado Springs
Date: Mar 9, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2008

my cat slyvester who sucked in blurry mess, and probably won't do much better in free study as there are always lots to blow me away.

Place: 485 out of 500
Avg (all users): 4.5278
Avg (commenters): 3.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4167
Avg (non-participants): 4.8611
Views since voting: 431
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 144
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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04/09/2008 11:32:46 PM
Those are some seriously big and amazing eyes. He looks like quite the curious cutie. I think the others have offered great suggestions for you. One thing you might want to think about is practicing doing a lot of photos at ISO 200. Kind of force yourself to use that and see what you need to do to bring in extra light into your pictures. My camera has lousy noise starting at ISO 400 and I try and shoot at ISO 100 whenever I can. It also looks like you played with the saturation a bit? That highlights that existing noise too. Great subjects now just get those technicals down pat!
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04/09/2008 09:30:33 PM
My apologies for the lateness of my comment...

There is alot of noise (surprisingly so for ISO 400), but that is not really a big issue for me. Noise can add to photos and in particular I think it could add to this photo. However, for that to happen I think this photo should have been converted to back and white. That would work much better than color.
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04/08/2008 04:42:29 PM
A photography teacher once told me the worse subject matter for any photographer is a black cat. The main thing here that I can see is focus and noise. I would have not have zoomed in as much on the cat as well as maybe bring contrast down so you could see more detail in the cats fur shooting in raw and playing with the exposure could also help with this. The eyes are nice and yellow and would be even nicer if they were in focus like surfdabbler said use a higher aperture when ever you can f/11 or f/8 are good ones to stay on if you have the light for it. also the white background is not really appealing to dpcer I find (did the same thing with a picture of my dog didn't end well).
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04/08/2008 12:38:01 PM
I like the composition, although I wish the whole whiskers were in teh frame, and maybe a little bit more space on the top and right could help. I'm not a fan of the mouth/nose being in focus and the eyes not. I see you shot this at f/4, you could have gone to f/8 or f/11. I really wish the eyes were in focus, I think with cat shots the eyes are what makes or brakes the image. Sharp eyes are a must IMO. Hope this helped
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04/08/2008 09:20:48 AM
Overall the image has a lot of noise. I'm personally not a fan of the nose being in focus when this cat has such big yellow eyes. Maybe shouldn't have cropped the top of his/her ear and bottom of face off either.
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04/08/2008 06:36:09 AM
LOL! It made me smile! Your composition is fine here - really does convey the curiousity of the cat quite nicely! What hurt your score here are the technicals. I see a lot of color noise on this monitor (which is rather bright) and most people do prefer the eyes to be the point of focus rather than the nose (though I'm kinda fond of nose focused shots myself.) I suspect the motion blur of the whiskers wasn't fully appreciated either. If you're interested, I'll help you rework the original to find out where the noise/artifacting came from.
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04/08/2008 03:30:52 AM
Hi Rosemary, here is a critique for you. Well, this image is a bit of a blurry mess itself. Some of the whiskers and the nose are in focus. With a 'portrait' photo like this, set your focus for a single focus point, and go for the eyes. Shoot slightly wider zoom than you otherwise might, so you can off-centre the crop later if you want to. This image is also quite noisy. I don't know if this is from the original image, or if it's added by post-processing.

Depending on what look you are going for in the portrait, you can also consider using a smaller aperture to help get more of the subject in focus. For people I'd use f/8, but for small subjects closeup like this, you could even go to f/11 or more. Just keep an eye on the shutter speed so it doesn't get too slow, and maybe increase the ISO if you have to.
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04/02/2008 02:26:34 AM
I sort of like the grainy touch in this one. I assume people will vote lower for it due to this though. A faster shutter speed may have helped capture the subject with a little more crispness.
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