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Challenge: Silence II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Del Mar, California
Date: Jan 25, 2009
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/80 s
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

Taken at the San Diego Cat Fanciers' Cat Show in Del Mar, California. Many thanks to the anonymous owner who opened the cat's cage so I could get a better shot. You can still see shadows of the cage wires, which hopefully isn't too distracting. And hopefully this is viewed as sufficiently on-topic for the challenge.

I had mixed feelings about going to BW because the eyes were such a striking green color, but I couldn't keep the green eyes using Basic Editing rules without also keeping the colors in the bed, which I thought were too distracting.

As usual I used GIMP for post-processing: cropped, desaturated, adjusted levels, resized part-way, sharpened, resized all the way, sharpened, added border.

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Thanks everyone for their votes, comments, and favorites! And special thanks to ThingFish who took the time to comment on all entries in the challenge.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

"silent: 1 a: making no utterance : mute, speechless..."

This is admittedly not a stereotypical or cliché depiction of silence, and I anticipated my score to suffer accordingly, which it did.

But neither was it intended as a "shoehorn". Even if it doesn't evoke silence in all viewers, it nevertheless fits the definition exactly.

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 178
Avg (all users): 6.1416
Avg (commenters): 7.2778
Avg (participants): 5.7097
Avg (non-participants): 6.3049
Views since voting: 1627
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 226
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/16/2009 11:46:23 AM
aww that cat is so cute!
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02/12/2009 03:39:49 PM
what a beautiful pet portrait, love the look, the B&W works great here
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02/04/2009 08:51:20 PM
Lovely photo that worked (for me, anyway) both in B/W and for the challenge. Some voters need to be smacked between the eyes by the challenge topic... others are more open-minded. Sorry this missed the top 10, but congrats on a wonderful image!
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02/04/2009 05:03:39 AM
This picture would be even better if the cat was playing with a shoehorn.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2009 10:23:15 PM
its a picture of a cat thats actually pretty good.
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02/03/2009 07:45:10 PM
I really like the cat in this picture. It's really cute.
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02/03/2009 04:06:07 PM
Great detail and I love the eyes!
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02/02/2009 11:16:45 PM
you got me. i love cats. love the pose. i think this works for silence well.
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02/01/2009 06:20:22 PM
technically purrrfect. bravo.
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02/01/2009 05:47:08 PM
Nice shot, it gives the kitty plenty of character.
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02/01/2009 05:26:43 PM
Excellent photo of a beautiful cat. Not quite how I imagine silence but a lovely image nonetheless.

Message edited by author 2009-02-05 05:22:51.
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01/31/2009 11:37:55 PM
By far the best cat photo I've seen on DP. The lighting, detail, sharpness and expression is perfect IMO. 10
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01/31/2009 12:06:55 PM
Great shot! I like the transition from black at the top down to nearly white at the bottom (cat's paws). Nice work!

_Nathanael
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01/30/2009 02:40:05 PM
Cute cat and very good photo I wish this was a pet challenge not sure it is silence hard one to photograph but I do so love this photo (if in pet it would be a 10) so what the heck- good photo and did anyone else photograph silence 10!
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01/28/2009 11:24:54 PM
nice russian blue!
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01/28/2009 10:46:06 PM
I don't care that this doesn't necessarily meet the challenge. This is one gorgeous cat! What an expression! And the detail is just purrfect.
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01/28/2009 05:24:53 PM
lovely (Is she a blue tortie Burmese?)
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01/28/2009 12:11:42 PM
Adorable!
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01/28/2009 11:38:29 AM
I love cats!! this is exceptional. great exposure. so far could be in the running. good luck 8
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01/28/2009 11:01:55 AM
Good focus and DOF
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01/28/2009 06:26:05 AM
good photo but I do not understand, in my modest opinion, the link with the silence, at least not so clear.
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01/28/2009 04:17:17 AM
Seems a bit of a shoehorn to be honest.
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