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 Stare of A Samurai Cat
Stare of A Samurai Cat

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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G9
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Date: Dec 28, 2008
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

This shot was taken from one of the temples in Kyoto, Japan. It struck me when this Neko (cat in Japanese) was obedient and calm while having me shoot within 10ft. After finding good lighting and once I began rattling a set of keys, the Cat made several gestures; this one being one of the more engaging. Enjoy.

Place: 994 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 4.7475
Avg (commenters): 5.2381
Avg (participants): 4.7146
Avg (non-participants): 4.9324
Views since voting: 635
Views during voting: 633
Votes: 491
Comments: 46
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 04:57:11 PM
He's saying, "don't bother me, I'm taking a bath!" Very nice!
03/17/2009 03:14:46 PM
Nice work with the strong backlight, I do wish that line wasn't in the right.
03/17/2009 12:18:35 PM
Beautiful cat.
03/17/2009 11:45:57 AM
Good shot and lighting. Nice focus.
03/16/2009 11:04:22 PM
Interesting shot of cat genitals. *grin* Nice stare, but I wish there were more highlights in the eyes. (They could be enhanced in PS easily with dodge/burn.) Nice and sharp, though.

Not voting yet.
03/16/2009 02:20:50 AM
Well captured and presented. But don't assume that because you have an affinity for your subject, the rest of the world will too.
03/15/2009 11:34:35 PM
Don't you know to leave cats alone?
03/15/2009 09:12:07 PM
Not his best angle!
03/15/2009 03:30:59 PM
Funny, fitting title.
03/15/2009 10:15:55 AM
LOL cute cat
03/15/2009 10:10:16 AM
Ha, cute! He does look intense.
03/15/2009 06:21:59 AM
nice moment hehe but thats about it but thanks that it made me laugh ;)
03/15/2009 02:29:36 AM
Nice position and light.
03/14/2009 10:43:47 PM
awesome love the expression
03/14/2009 08:07:18 PM
good that you manage to retain the details in the highlights. I recommend a much tghter crop, 6
03/14/2009 07:39:53 PM
wird capture - 5
03/14/2009 02:41:34 PM
Sweet kitty. Love the side lighting.
03/14/2009 01:06:20 PM
Looks like the cat was just scratching it's head like a dog. Nice expression.
03/14/2009 12:00:14 PM
He he looks like Kitty would like some time to him self. Nice timing and use of natural light.
03/14/2009 11:04:23 AM
Not the most ideal lighting.
03/14/2009 09:59:17 AM
I have you now puppy dog :) nice expression
03/14/2009 09:47:26 AM
Great fur detail. Good balance of a harsh lighting environment.
03/14/2009 01:58:56 AM
Great expression!
03/14/2009 12:28:49 AM
7 for cracking me up and for great light
03/13/2009 10:18:19 PM
ok, not sure if this is the most flattering of poses for your subject...the eyes are conveying that he/she is all to pleased with life
03/13/2009 08:26:54 PM
funny cat- just wish the sunlight was on his face and not his back.
03/13/2009 03:00:13 PM
now that's attitude. closer crop would help
03/13/2009 12:42:35 PM
haha I recognize that pose and look - my cat does it all the time. The blurred line on the right side distracts.
03/12/2009 08:01:02 PM
More fill light would add some interest to this one.
03/12/2009 07:53:13 PM
Nice detail and colors. A little to much light on the right but a nice subject.
03/12/2009 02:28:51 PM
Haha, what a cutie, the positions that cats seem to easily slip into amazes me. Nice DOF.
03/12/2009 10:44:26 AM
Neat pose.
03/12/2009 07:25:53 AM
funny pose, sweet looking cat
03/12/2009 06:45:42 AM
The light is lovely here, particularly behind the ears.
03/11/2009 10:37:08 PM
Pretty kitty. Face is a bit dark.
03/11/2009 08:28:31 PM
He looks like he is about to fall asleep :)
03/11/2009 07:38:20 PM
You better not mess with this cat! Like the backlighting too.
03/11/2009 05:01:31 PM
the line on the right side of the shot is distracting... i would have cropped the shot closer....
03/11/2009 04:44:03 PM
He looks very comfy. I like the lighting, but wish there was a way his face could be lit a bit more too. Looks sharp. Line going vertical on right side is a bit distracting.
03/11/2009 02:43:02 PM
interesting lighting, but I like it, nice DOF, a good awww moment.
03/11/2009 01:59:44 PM
compostion could have been better.
03/11/2009 01:32:09 PM
Kitty doesn't look too happy to have his grooming interrupted!
03/11/2009 11:48:29 AM
that is one evil stare :)
03/11/2009 05:37:29 AM
thats a gem of a pussy
03/11/2009 02:53:31 AM
The shadow on it's face detracts from this image.
03/11/2009 12:54:53 AM
oops - looks like someone's bath got interrupted!

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