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Hope - For a Kitten Without a Mom
Hope - For a Kitten Without a Mom
SandyP


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Challenge: Hope (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Children
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: My back yard deck in San Antonio, TX
Date: Aug 18, 2004
Aperture: F11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2004

What great timing for a challenge like this. My sweet neighbor children found a 1-day old kitten abandoned by its mom. They have been bottle feeding it around the clock now for 2 weeks -- hoping against hope that they could fill the shoes of its mommy keep their little friend alive. I did very little editing to this at all -- just cropped it and turned it to a cepia toned picture. I'm normally a border freak, but even a border detracted from the mood of the picture.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 285
Avg (all users): 6.3754
Avg (commenters): 7.7619
Avg (participants): 6.3309
Avg (non-participants): 6.4136
Views since voting: 1782
Views during voting: 438
Votes: 301
Comments: 29
Favorites: 9 (view)


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09/30/2005 05:29:46 PM
this shot looks straight out of a community newspaper. i can almost see the blurb in the paper underneath it what is happening. good work to get in close and frame! (ps how much cropping did you do?)

09/30/2005 09:38:45 AM
This is very sweet. I especially like the look on the onlooking girl.

The mother of this kitten was probably moving her babies to a new location, one by one, and this one was found before the mother could come back for it. It is common for cat mothers to move their babies to a new place when they feel a threat in the present location. I hope the little one does OK.
08/15/2005 04:41:28 PM
Wonderful shot Sandy - this is soooo sweet. As usual, getting hammered in the challenge (rain) but that's ok. I actually expected it - we didn't get rain here in CA so I did it my style. :)
CONGRATS on the new camera - I am still working my husband to let me upgrade mine... :) It's a slow process but I made a ton of money this summer from photo shoots, so... I can see a big style change in your shots in that last few months - I really like the progress you've made and how your confidence is showing through. Again - I am soooo happy for your new camera - I have camera envy. :D
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05/06/2005 08:08:29 PM
Oh my Sandy, this is splendid! Love the look on their faces but the little one on the left is excellent. Great angle used, very motherly feel to it.
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02/17/2005 10:53:34 AM
Very nice & sweet picture.Excellent!
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09/01/2004 11:21:29 PM
Very nice shot ! And with the sepia tone,it's simply perfect !
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09/01/2004 12:42:13 AM
Congratulations on your 12th placing. This picture almost tears the heart out. very good b/w/ choice.
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09/01/2004 12:01:19 AM
Sandy, let me be the first to congratulate you!

This is one of the best pictures I have ever seen!

Set yourself up for prints and I order one of these.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2004 11:49:05 PM
This picture works so well on so many different levels.

8 from me.
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08/31/2004 10:33:52 PM
Cute. Depth of field could be improved.
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08/31/2004 07:53:18 PM
Finally! Now THIS is a great photo. I'd like for the kitten to be a bit sharper (faster shutter) but everything else is so great! The tonal range is excellent, the square composition is lovely... well done!
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08/30/2004 10:49:47 AM
How do you get the "bronze" b&w effect?? I've tried looking on my camera, but to no luck! Is it something that can be changed on photoshop?? Nicely placed subjects, great lighting!
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08/29/2004 09:30:36 AM
Good concept. This photo is nicely done. The tones enhance the shot.
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08/28/2004 06:19:29 PM
Excellent
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08/28/2004 09:13:29 AM
The new kitten-mom looks so serious in this picture! Lovely., 8
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08/27/2004 11:16:32 PM
Very cute, nice shot.
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08/27/2004 07:57:08 PM
Very emotive photo, I like it a lot. The framing, the girls expressions, the choise of duotone and motive is just great. Ok, there could be better focus on the kitten, but everything else justifies that. One of the best in this challenge imo, definately top 10 and it wouldn't surprise me to see it in ribbon position. Good luck.
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08/27/2004 06:38:04 PM
When I was asking around for ideas, before coming up with one of my own, a friend told me: "Hope? Take a picture of a kid nursing a kitten back to health". And you did a much better job than I would have.
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08/27/2004 12:27:52 PM
This is one of those pictures that makes me think "Why can't I capture moments like this!"

Beautiful...the girl on the left peeking over her friend's/sister's shoulder is perfect!

Some other expers around here might be able to give some tips as to how improve the lighting for a shot like this (especially on the arm/bottle in the bottom left corner). Good capture, though...7
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08/27/2004 12:12:52 AM
Priceless moment. Thank you for sharing it!
08/26/2004 09:28:05 PM
Great expression. good picture. Wish it were sharper.
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08/26/2004 07:57:11 PM
I thought this was an absolutely beautiful photograph -- I love the subject matter, the lighting on the girls, the tone, the girls' faces, and on and on. I deducted one point because it was hard to see the kitten. I know we're limited by the basic rules, but wish that area had more lighting. Your wording in the title was a very wise choice. --9--
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08/26/2004 07:52:01 PM
I like the composition. Cute kids and kitty.
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08/26/2004 12:36:14 PM
Very sweet picture, I hope this does well. 9
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08/26/2004 02:21:36 AM
gorgeous
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08/25/2004 10:07:24 PM
Great look on the children's faces. Very tender.
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08/25/2004 03:42:37 PM
beautiful!
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08/25/2004 09:50:32 AM
A wonderful portrait. The two girls are just beautiful and the expression on the faces is priceless. I might have tried a tighter crop to give the overall photo more of a portrait feel and filled the frame side to side with the two faces and kitten below. Very nice!
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08/25/2004 02:10:56 AM
This is a very sweet and touching photograph. I'm adding it to my favorites. Great job.
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