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Coolest cat!
Coolest cat!

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: Feb 26, 2011
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2011

I have used only 40D's built in flash for this photo. One shot for this pose.

Place: 159 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.5986
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5505
Avg (non-participants): 5.7368
Views since voting: 488
Views during voting: 211
Votes: 147
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 10:02:43 PM
really good deatil in the eyes and whiskers
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03/07/2011 01:13:43 PM
OK - Just an FYI that I didn't vote in this FS. But I will go ahead and give a critique club type comment. Just my perspective. Had I voted I would probably have given this a 5. I love cat images, but that may make me a bit harsh on my votes. Issues i have with this image - harsh straight on light. Almost looks like on camera flash. I crave soft shadows just as if it were a person. The light here just comes off too straight on and hard. From a pose perspective I am not digging that he isnt looking at me. His eyes appear to be looking a bit down so there isnt a strong eye contact. Makes it feel more snap shottish than portrait. When you catch a cat looking right at you it can grab you. This one the eyes just dont cut it. Soft area on the nose isnt an issue for me. Focus is good. You probably could have gotten away with even soft glowing the fur and keeping the eyes tack sharp - but not a biggie for me. The border doesn't suit the image well. Too heavy and bulky. I do like these types of borders in general - but not for close up in your face portraits (though I am sure I have a couple on images in my portfolio if I look). And i would prefer more image - square crop or something. Had the cat been looking straight on you probably could have pulled off a square crop that was balanced well. When it comes to cat portraits I have always been struck by 31.gif yanko's - Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_437572.jpg, Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_649830.jpg, Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_313713.jpg in particular, and I have sought to imitate them in my own cat shots. But the keys are similar to some of the stronger people portraits - soft light and good eye contact. Hope that's not too harsh. Just my opinion on strong cat faces.
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03/02/2011 08:03:49 PM
Nice focus. Nice depth in the eyes.
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