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Longing For Love
Longing For Love

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Date: Oct 31, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2008

She came into heat at 5 months old but getting spayed in a few days. It's Abigail staring at my collie with a sliver of sunlight shining on her. She's actually hiding in between two large leather pillows on my sofa. Spot metering and selective focus right between the eyes to intentionally darken everything around her.

Opened in Adobe Raw
Horizontal Flip
Auto Levels
Curves Adjustment (linear contrast)
Selective work on her eyes (sharpen, contrast, brighten, auto color)
Additional Sharpen

Place: 183 out of 394
Avg (all users): 5.6967
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6951
Avg (non-participants): 5.7000
Views since voting: 690
Views during voting: 228
Votes: 122
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/13/2008 03:50:15 PM
Hello from the Critique Club.

What a gorgeous cat Abigail is - and how she has grown! This photo is a pleasing study, and you have captured what seems to be something of the character of the young cat - an alertness, an inquisitiveness, perhaps a flightiness, certainly a cat who is its own master. I feel that capturing something of the subject's character is important in portraiture be it animal or human, otherwise it simply becomes a technical exercise.

The light is wonderful, and suits your subject perfectly - the darkness of the background emphasises the quality of the light. Your exposure is well controlled, and concentrates the viewers attention on the cat's face. I do wish the dark triangle to the lower left wasn't there; this, to me, is a real negative. It would also be nice if the cat was looking at least partially towards the viewer, although not at the cost of losing that sense of character.

My overall impression is of a pleasing pet portrait with good lighting. I am looking forward to seeing many more photos of Abigail!

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a PM.

Regards, Sara.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/04/2008 06:22:12 PM
Pretty cat. Nice focus on the features.
11/01/2008 12:01:38 AM
Very nice job!!

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