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 This image was disqualified from the Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! challenge.
Watchful eyes
Watchful eyes
carofo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Location: At Home
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

A shot of my cat I took on July 28, 2007 with my Sony Alpha 100. Three seconds later, she was pouncing on a stick my son was waiving in fron of her.

It is by far one of my favourite images, in part because I am crazy for my cat and in part because of the attitude of Felie, about to jump out of her hide. She looks so wild!

It's been really tough choosing the best image I had. Considering the quantity of images in this challenge, I don't have any hopes for this. it's still fun to be part of this historical moment :)

processing in Lightroom:
Exposure, shadow adjustment, contrast, clarity, vibrance, curves.

then in PS:
Cloned out some disturbing grasses, dodged and burned, brightness/contrast, smart sharpen (twice), warming filter, color balance to correct yellow and green cast, border, save for web, sharpen once more and that's it!
Disqualification Details
Composites: You may not post-process your entry from or to include elements of multiple images, multiple exposures, clip art, computer-rendered images, or elements from other photographs. Please review the challenge submission rules.

Statistics
Views since voting: 729
Views during voting: 534
Comments: 71
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/20/2009 11:14:20 PM
gave this an 8. I did not know that this type of border was illegal and I am honestly quite surprised at this. I haven't been very active in the last year though, so that might not be unexpected.

The continuity of color is particularly effective in this one: leaf - grass - eyes.
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03/18/2009 12:12:25 PM
DANG here too!!! It's funny though how the comments were really divided on the border that got me disqualified. I knew it and basically turned myself in to site council as soon as I realized... I wish I had listened to my hsband who thought the border was too much and the image didn't need it. It was at 6.47 when it got disqualified. Would have been in the top 50 and a PB for me... [SIGH]
03/18/2009 10:24:35 AM
Dang! I gave this a 9. Fun shot, and yes, I'm a cat person. :-)
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03/18/2009 09:32:51 AM
Too bad for the DQ!!! I really love this shot!!
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03/18/2009 04:53:28 AM
What a shame this was disqualified. I really love this, and I'm a dog person!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2009 06:04:15 PM
I really love the subject, even the border, but could have used less saturation
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03/14/2009 02:31:40 PM
Excellent capture, wonderful DOF, well composed and good colors. I like this a lot.
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03/14/2009 01:20:07 PM
This is a fantastic shot .. the cat's eyes are simply brilliant and the composition with the leaves very appealing. BUT the frame really does not do this justice as it is far too distractingl.
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03/14/2009 12:38:48 PM
this is a fine image, why add a border that, to me, is distracting? jmo
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03/14/2009 10:43:10 AM
Fabulous use of green! The border works nicely against the blurred edges. Love this!
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03/14/2009 04:30:14 AM
very cute, but focus is slightly off. border is a bit overdone
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03/13/2009 10:13:04 PM
Just waiting to pounce! So perfect how kitty is looking right at you.
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03/13/2009 10:12:09 PM
Outstanding study of an animal. You've captured the ideal of a cat very well. I'm not fond of your border, but this shot is one of my favorite pet portraits ever.
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03/13/2009 08:14:21 PM
Wonderful composition! I'm lovin' the greens.

Not voting yet.
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03/13/2009 06:36:19 PM
This is outstanding. Gorgeous. 10
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03/13/2009 06:16:00 PM
Very cute, great colour, very clear. I am not a cat person but I like this photo. Not fond of the border though.
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03/13/2009 05:56:05 PM
fantastic pov, the focus on the cats face and eyes is great and love the hiding pose
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03/13/2009 05:41:42 PM
Great playful shot. Balancing the greens of the eyes off the grass and leaves works really well, and allowing the grass to blur out in the foreground pushes the eye into the shot and the main subject. I also love the circular shape of the leaves that mirror the eyes and act as a visual stop to keep the point of interest firmly on the cat.
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03/13/2009 03:46:03 PM
Extraordinary capture, the POV and color are really intense.
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03/13/2009 03:37:08 PM
Fantastic. I even like your funky border. Of course, I'm a sucker for good cat shots, and this one is transcendent.
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03/13/2009 03:27:58 PM
Great framing with the grass and leaves. I also like your border. This is definitely how to capture a cat shot. Great job!
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03/13/2009 12:15:08 PM
nice shot, but i don't like the frame..!Why did you need that?
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03/13/2009 11:57:44 AM
Oh, how gorgeous!
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03/13/2009 10:12:33 AM
great shot and amazing frame
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03/13/2009 08:41:42 AM
Those eyes and ground level composition have made for a superb cat portrait, this really is very good, but IMHO I think I would have preferred it without the frame though.
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03/13/2009 08:16:45 AM
Why the heavy border?
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03/13/2009 03:58:36 AM
I bet this shot sums up that cats personality perfectly
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03/12/2009 11:48:27 PM
Nicely framed.
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03/12/2009 11:44:48 PM
The border is distracting, I would have voted higher without it.
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03/12/2009 10:25:10 PM
haha - how cuuuuute! Love that the green compliments his (or her) eyes. Border is really cool too.
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03/12/2009 08:21:37 PM
Great Bokeh with the grass.
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03/12/2009 07:27:45 PM
Not liking the frame but love how the eyes match the grass and leaves. Good picture!
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03/12/2009 07:19:24 PM
Nice pic. I like the focus and angle of shot.
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03/12/2009 06:29:41 PM
Cats are never far from the jungle....nice job
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03/12/2009 06:20:46 PM
Not an ordinary pet shot! I really like the depth here. Congratz on an awesome capture.
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03/12/2009 06:03:51 PM
Love the sharp stare, very effective
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03/12/2009 05:44:50 PM
A purrr-fect composition. 7.
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03/12/2009 03:51:53 PM
just wonderful..really like your border/framing...hoping you will share your PP notes...all the greens compliment each other very well...
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03/12/2009 03:11:35 PM
If she weighed 100 pounds, you would be in serious trouble!
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03/12/2009 01:20:19 PM
What a capture!! 9
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03/12/2009 10:15:36 AM
composition is great, colors are rich and beautiful dof is nice, and you go and ruin a shot like that with that frame. love the photo hate the frame.
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03/12/2009 08:59:40 AM
Great shot. I like how the cats eyes are the same colour as the leaves and grass.
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03/12/2009 07:04:20 AM
Well done, I really enjoyed this photo.
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03/12/2009 06:33:38 AM
great capture
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03/12/2009 02:16:01 AM
Outstanding shot. I would of done a tighter crop and lost all framing.
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03/12/2009 02:02:13 AM
This is really a cute pose. It's an unusual border but I like it. Good catch lights.
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03/12/2009 12:24:05 AM
I really like this shot but feel the interior border hurts this shot imo.
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03/11/2009 11:59:49 PM
Great cat shot. The green eyes within the green suroundings are wonderful.
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03/11/2009 11:38:52 PM
awwwww looks like my cat.. 9
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03/11/2009 08:24:08 PM
fabulous color in this photo, like the effect the focus on the cat has on the grass in the forefront and background.
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03/11/2009 07:34:51 PM
Cute shot, like how the green of the grass matches the cats eyes
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03/11/2009 07:08:37 PM
very nice, yet fortuitous catch... 8...
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03/11/2009 06:32:15 PM
I like the shot, but I'm not a big fan of the frame
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03/11/2009 06:25:24 PM
i don't like the frame
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03/11/2009 04:57:13 PM
Love this. What a great capture of kitty doing his thing. The green leaves and grass really accent the eyes as well.
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03/11/2009 04:41:52 PM
Lovely capture. Great that th greens all around match. Border is a bit much for me.
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03/11/2009 04:14:09 PM
Love those eyes!! A cat at its best - doing what it likes best - waiting and watching for that perfect moment to pounce! Perfectly framed by those green leaves and the grass. Just an all around delightful picture.
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03/11/2009 04:05:08 PM
I like the colors and your use of the border.
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03/11/2009 03:52:52 PM
The green eyes really make this and the dof is spot on. Not keen on the frame though.
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03/11/2009 03:40:41 PM
Love this. Cat person- I can't help myself. This would make a cool poster. Cute one.
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03/11/2009 02:18:35 PM
Terrific shot. I love the color in the eyes. Nailed it. 9.9
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03/11/2009 12:58:30 PM
This is a great shot!!!
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03/11/2009 12:54:27 PM
love the framing on this and the use of the color green
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03/11/2009 12:11:11 PM
Wonderful kitty shot!
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03/11/2009 08:43:33 AM
I like this (despite the border). the eyes draw you in.
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03/11/2009 07:36:53 AM
Stunning portrait with an incredibly strong pull into those eyes. Loving the shapes created by the green leaves and grass - a great irregular frame. Not so keen on the digital black frame, myself though.
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03/11/2009 06:52:29 AM
Great use of color, fun composition, one of the best pet shots I've seen.
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03/11/2009 05:43:51 AM
Your shot is very nice, but the framing is rather distracting, pity.
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03/11/2009 01:24:55 AM
Adorable! Elegant! Just plain great...
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03/11/2009 12:41:39 AM
Love it. Like the framing. the greens are great. Frist Ten!
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03/11/2009 12:39:07 AM
The focus and colors are BRILLIANT here but the border is very unnecessary, and might even be illegal...not quite sure. I hope it doesn't DQ you because this picture is brilliant.
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