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Grizzy Bear
Grizzy Bear
cgino


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Lensbaby Composer
Location: Polvadera, NM
Date: Dec 17, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2008

Viewed: 383
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

Grizzy Bear has been with us about 6 months. He's a big, tough tomcat that would sneak into the yard to steal food. It took about a month of me talking to him everyday, getting closer and closer, until he finally let me touch him. Now he's a big attention hog and loves to be pet!

Processing:
Thought I'd steer clear of the expensive plugin filters for a change, since I have a new lensbaby to learn!

Shadow/Highlight mildly
Orton effect -- unsharp mask pretty strongly, create duplicate set to screen and merge, copy that merged layer and set to mulitply then gaussian blur around 15, adjust opacity to taste
Convert to B&W using channel mixer
Use clone tool to even out background
Bit of dodging in the eyes and on the nose
Resize

Original
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12/21/2008 01:44:33 AM
Oh, excellent use of the Lensbaby! (And I'm insanely jealous you have one already!) He looks very tough, but very sweet. Pleased he's decided to hang with the rest of the clan!
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12/18/2008 05:52:26 PM
awesome gaze on that guy - you really brought out so much in post processing
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12/18/2008 08:37:13 AM
He looks trusting to me. That's a nice thing :-)
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12/17/2008 10:30:01 PM
Yeah, that lensbaby works a treat! : )
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12/17/2008 09:47:12 PM
excellent dof! beautiful cat
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12/17/2008 05:54:18 PM
He's a handsome devil. Nice job :)
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12/17/2008 05:34:20 PM
I'm dying for this. Perfect DOF and I love it in greyscale. WOW - fabulous. My son is getting a new kitty - I can't wait to take photos.
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12/17/2008 04:32:48 PM
This is wonderful! You did a great job with editing too!
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12/17/2008 03:51:12 PM
What nice face, he looks like a character (not easy to see in poor light, either). Maybe you can get a shot on one of those bright moonlit nights of New Mexico--the silver tips to his fur would light up real well by moonlight. This is a beautiful portrait. Well done!
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12/17/2008 03:49:28 PM
a wonderful story colleen and a brilliant photograph .. love his eyes and the wonderful detail around his nose and whiskers ... :)
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12/17/2008 03:26:40 PM
Great DOF, a really nice portrait, piercing gaze.
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12/17/2008 03:05:27 PM
Pretty cuddly looking for a grizzly. ;) Love the low key aspects. I'll have to try your recipe - thanks for the editing details.
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12/17/2008 02:52:14 PM
wow. Another wonderful image. Love that shallow goodness!
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