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The Games Cats Play. . .
The Games Cats Play. . .

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Challenge: Games (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS
Location: My House
Date: May 19, 2002
Galleries: Snapshot, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2002

This is not the most perfect photo, but it was a one-time shot, so this is it.

Place: 56 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.1990
Avg (commenters): 5.7308
Avg (participants): 5.0732
Avg (non-participants): 5.2823
Views since voting: 1594
Votes: 206
Comments: 27
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/27/2002 02:13:00 PM
Thank you all for your comments. This picture was taken Sunday afternoon, and while I knew it wasn't perfect I thought it was kind of fun anyway. The score certainly reflects that. To answer the questions, yes, this was the only shot I had, my cat went off cat treats (which you can see on the top of the tower, those are not my fingers) for the rest of the day. Yes, the tower did collapse, in fact, I wish I had taken the picture a split-second later, but that didn't happen.

I read up on working with photos in PhotoImpact after this, and found out just what I needed to do to sharpen and lighten the picture a little. Since I wasn't doing that one for the competition, I also included more of the left hand side and just cloned out some of the background which made me crop this way.

Last but not least, Mattias is still blending into the background, but I have to admit that I kind of liked that anyway.

Improved Photo
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/26/2002 07:13:00 PM
An Action Shot!! Nice clarity. But I wanna know how the cat managed to get the other bones out?
05/25/2002 04:55:00 PM
aaaaaawwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW CUTE!!!
05/24/2002 05:45:00 PM
Too bad you didn't have more light and better focus, "cause it would have been terrific. I like the originality.
05/24/2002 09:40:00 AM
Focus is a bit soft, but a cute shot.
05/23/2002 02:15:00 PM
Okay, what did you put on top to make your cat do this?
05/23/2002 11:45:00 AM
Was this a "chance" shot or somewhat of a "set up"? The cat's expression is priceless! Slight grainyness; motion blur +- thing. Try more light and
presetting your camera to manual, faster exposure. Photo 8 Creativity 8 Games 8 total 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/23/2002 10:55:00 AM
Slightly blurred/out of focus. Try a faster shutter speed if it is in fact blur. I would prefer to see it framed to the left more (more cat, less black space).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/23/2002 05:12:00 AM
I like this game too. How'd you get the cat to play? -NBT
05/22/2002 07:30:00 PM
Don't u hate it when this happens? nice shot!
05/22/2002 07:27:00 PM
how did you get that pic before it fell? nice shot a bit blurry
05/22/2002 05:35:00 PM
Oh NO, Hehe. Cute cat.
05/22/2002 07:32:00 AM
My daughter got a huge kick out of this photo!
05/21/2002 08:45:00 PM
05/21/2002 08:31:00 PM
Great "action" shot!
05/21/2002 03:55:00 PM
If you were in focus and just a little brighter I would have really liked this one. Great timing on the shot though. Its really great.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2002 01:18:00 PM
Cool funny shot - could have done with a bit more light in the foreground
05/21/2002 10:56:00 AM
understand that you probably only had one chance at this shot. Cat has been chopped off, as well as the Jenga tower, and there is a lot of blank space on the right which isn't needed. Part of cat seems to blend into the background as well
05/21/2002 10:30:00 AM
Is that cat food, or somebody's fingers on top of the Jenga tower? This is very dark -- even a simple "auto-levels" in PS might help. The focus is also very soft -- perhaps in part to the dark shooting environment. I think maybe pointing the camera a little further to the left (moving the subject further into the frame) would have been beneficial.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2002 08:13:00 AM
Wonderful. Needs to set a faster shutter speed
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2002 06:48:00 PM
No Fluffy! The Leaning Tower of Pisa doesn't lean *that* much. Very cute
05/20/2002 01:46:00 PM
Are those your fingers under the cats chin...that's cheating. Great expression on the cats face, just down right confused!
05/20/2002 01:09:00 PM
Focus could be better. It is especially noticeable along the left side of the tower. It appears that the shutter speed was a bit too slow. More lighting or perhaps a flash would help avoid this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2002 12:44:00 PM
I don't think she'll win. I like how the background is black, I wonder how many times you had to do this. Is the top of the tower a little bit motion blurred?
05/20/2002 12:35:00 PM
Looks a little out of focus on my monitor, the concept is very cute though.
05/20/2002 11:10:00 AM
Cute, fun shot. Dark, and poor focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2002 08:44:00 AM
I love this picture! The expression on your cat's face is incredible, and it looks like the jenga stack is about to go!

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