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Challenge: Free Study 2013-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: May 24, 2013
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2013

Models: Adrian Bloom and Marbella.

I met Adrian years ago; he's a poet who also waits tables at a restaurant we used to frequent a lot. Ran into him recently and proposed we do a pet portrait. He was a bit concerned because Marbella (a boy!) was usually not very good with people, and tended to run and hide whenever anyone came to visit. Which would make for a very interesting non-pet portrait. So we set up a meet and greet, and Marbella came right up to me, let me pet him, had no trouble at all. Adrian was astonished. In fact, during the shoot a couple of days later, we had the opposite problem: he preferred to hang out with me and all my interesting toys than be anywhere in the frame.

As I had envisioned this image this closely framed (and because we were in a very tiny and cluttered space), I staged the set as such. So it took quite a bit of patience and cajoling to get him INTO the frame, and eventually to play with the feather - exactly the pose I had envisioned for this shot.

Drat. Was over 7 all week until shortly before rollover. Thanks for the votes and great comments. So glad these pals did well.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 190
Avg (all users): 6.9048
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.9861
Avg (non-participants): 6.7273
Views since voting: 1103
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 105
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/25/2013 10:27:34 AM
Excellent finish in the FS. Love the composition! Looks like the kitty is giving creative writing points to this poet:-)
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06/17/2013 10:10:52 PM
Love the depth of this Johanna, it tells a great story which draws the viewer in. Great cat and feather wrangling as well.
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06/09/2013 01:37:03 PM
wonderful, whimsical, timeless portrait. Congrats Johanna!
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06/09/2013 12:59:01 AM
6th in a FS! I want that! Well done, sweet friend!
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06/08/2013 11:39:09 AM
Wow, this is fantastic! What a superb shot and a whimsical story, you can just lose yourself in it! :-)
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06/08/2013 10:48:05 AM
Oh, Johanna! You are such a true artist. Your work so inspires me! Congratulations on the creation of such amazing art even more than the free study accolades!
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06/08/2013 10:37:11 AM
Congrats on the top ten! Such a flavorful image..
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06/08/2013 05:57:05 AM
Yes i really liked this Johanna, well done on TT in a fs!
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06/08/2013 12:24:40 AM
Lovely shot!
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06/08/2013 12:14:50 AM
Mar-a-lous Darlin! Congrats on your high scores! and Awesome Awesome pix!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2013 08:47:12 PM
Nice bw tones and detail.
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06/07/2013 03:46:49 PM
Gives me a bit of a Rudolf Valentino feeling.
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06/07/2013 11:56:08 AM
Top ten please.Boost
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06/06/2013 09:41:18 PM
well done sir/m'am
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06/04/2013 09:17:11 AM
Now listen to me, I'm not going to tell you again.
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06/03/2013 04:32:31 PM
He does not look amused at the cat's story.
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06/02/2013 02:44:24 PM
Very interesting image. I like the light and expression.
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06/02/2013 01:44:14 PM
Krikey the ecpression on that cat is so good... well taken too
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06/01/2013 09:09:03 PM
Fabulous image.
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06/01/2013 08:17:08 PM
Love it!
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06/01/2013 02:13:49 PM
Lovely!!! This shot reminds me of a nursery rhyme "Pussycat... Pussycat, where have you been? I've been to london to visit the queen. Pussycat... Pussycat, what have you there? I frightened the little mouse under the chair.
Corny but it reminds me of that rhyme. You created a photographic view to the words. Good Luck & nice work!
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06/01/2013 01:27:30 PM
My favorite of the bunch. Great lighting and timing.
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06/01/2013 10:14:44 AM
Impressive job !
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