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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: The Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT
Date: Dec 30, 2005
Aperture: f.2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2006

This was a good photo year for me. I had tens of thousands of shots from San Diego, Washington D.C., Rome, Venice, Florence, and the Catskills, but I still wasn't sure I had a "best." I like to think that my best is always yet to come, so I drove over to the local zoo on December 30th for some insurance photos. This ocelot proved to be a great model (and, no, it wasn't stufffed). ;-)

Taken on a monopod with my trusty Tamron lens through a somewhat dirty glass window. Processing: Slight crop, a little Noise Ninja to handle the ISO400 grain, blur the background very slightly, levels, global and spot saturation, channel mixer for extra punch, assorted dodging and burning.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 833
Avg (all users): 7.0792
Avg (commenters): 8.6481
Avg (participants): 6.9896
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 4740
Views during voting: 726
Votes: 467
Comments: 68
Favorites: 33 (view)


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02/15/2007 09:05:56 AM
I often find myself back at this shot for one reason or another. It is simply stunning! Unbelievably sharp!
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05/04/2006 05:44:43 PM
Originally posted by livitup:

Shannon, would you consider making a print available of this?


Sure. I have to prepare a bunch of photos for stock, so it's on my to-do list over the next few weeks.
05/04/2006 05:24:20 PM
Shannon, would you consider making a print available of this?
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02/02/2006 01:42:00 PM
I gave you a 7. I would have given you a higher score, but the shot was TOO GOOD. I thought the cat was stuffed! hahahaha
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02/01/2006 09:16:37 AM
Stunning. One of the best animal shots I've seen on the site.
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02/01/2006 12:48:54 AM
Beautiful shot Shannon, my personal fav of the challenge. I was off a little bit on placement in my previous comment, but still, top 15 in a HUGE challenge is awesome. Good job!
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02/01/2006 12:43:10 AM
I really like this shot so much in his eyes
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:20:40 PM
Wonderful focus and composition. I would not change a thing.
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01/31/2006 07:04:32 PM
Very nice, super sharp. What lens?
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01/31/2006 12:33:00 PM
Excellent. Wonderfully crisp, with good composition. Full Marks, Good Luck!
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01/30/2006 09:06:45 PM
Beautiful capture, sharp
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01/30/2006 07:46:44 PM
Gorgeous capture of the cat's expression!
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01/30/2006 07:07:55 PM
I love this shot....it brings out some great feeling. Course it helps that I love the big cats!!!
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01/30/2006 02:53:44 PM
Wow! The lighting on this is just SUPERB. Great job.

Back to bump this up. This is National Geographic quality. Such incredible mastry of shadow I've rarely seen before. My personal top pick of the challenge. If I could give an 11 I would. :)
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01/30/2006 11:26:33 AM
one of the few animal pix I like, excellent light, excellent texture, great color, great dof, blacks could use a small tweek but not disturbingly, whites great, comp too loose but again not bad, nice flow, overall could be a great print
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01/29/2006 09:49:12 PM
stunning!! Awesome capture, the look in the eyes is fantastic, Great
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01/29/2006 02:48:54 PM
Beautiful. There have been way too many animal shots in this challenge but this one it simply outstanding for it's lighting and expression.
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01/29/2006 06:24:42 AM
Very nice photograph. Beautiful colors. The title can't be better.
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01/29/2006 12:43:35 AM
Great animal shot. One of the best in my opinion. Rarely do I give an 8 for an animal shot, but this one is very close to perfect.
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01/28/2006 10:14:45 PM
excellent shot.
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01/28/2006 02:34:25 AM
its like, national geo. nicly done. very much in the mag.'s style.
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01/27/2006 06:43:10 PM
Sharp, wonderful color. I think you did a great job capturing this animals beauty.
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01/26/2006 11:11:59 PM
I'm bumping thhis one up as I love the clarity in the eyes and the intense stare. Great job.
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01/26/2006 11:53:55 AM
Such a great image of this cat.....
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01/25/2006 10:07:10 PM
Wonderful... the shallow focus, the clarity of the face... and what an incredible look you've captured. This is not just another wildlife shot. 10 and faved.

p.s. please tell me he's not stuffed.
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01/24/2006 09:16:14 PM
Beautiful colors and sharpness. Well done and good luck. With this shot, I can actually believe that this is your best shot of the year(unlike some of the others in this challenge). Anyway...
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01/24/2006 04:46:06 PM
Wonderful capture! Great use of DOF!
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01/24/2006 03:09:32 PM
Wonderful pose/portrait
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01/23/2006 08:20:15 AM
Well captured
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01/23/2006 03:04:20 AM
Great DOF. The composition is strong. The catch lights in the cats eyes really set off the gaze.
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01/22/2006 09:45:51 PM
check out those eyes..!! 10
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01/22/2006 04:16:34 AM
WOW! I can't say much more than that...
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01/21/2006 12:25:02 AM
Gorgeous and dramatic. Great job getting the catchlight too.
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01/20/2006 07:02:38 PM
I love the sharp contrast of the head (in sharp focus) with the background which appears DOF blurred. Beautiful whites, and blacks. Wide dynamic range. Nice catchlights in the eyes. Well done. Among my top picks.
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01/20/2006 06:30:20 PM
Yes, I am.
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01/20/2006 02:29:35 PM
Super job with the light and focus.
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01/20/2006 12:17:36 PM
Amazing quality and a wonderful expression.
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01/20/2006 09:02:21 AM
excellent capture...the detail in the face is stunning...8
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01/19/2006 10:32:23 PM
This is lovely. Focus is where it needs to be and exposure is perfect. 10
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01/19/2006 10:23:34 PM
Amongst the best of the wildlife entries in this challenge. You took the tones to a perfect level and really brought this image to the next level with your cropping and editing. GREAT JOB!
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01/19/2006 08:29:51 PM
my top rated creature image ... the captured expression is truely capivating to the observer
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01/19/2006 09:52:48 AM
Quite stunning...the light, focus and color are just so perfect...very nice.
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01/19/2006 09:51:16 AM
Pretty much so! :) Very beautiful textures and colour. I would just crop out the left more - up to the cat's body.
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01/18/2006 11:48:06 PM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/18/2006 10:13:59 PM
The crispness of this photo is outstanding.
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01/18/2006 09:16:27 PM
Wow what a shot!
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01/18/2006 02:01:19 PM
Very cool photograph. Excellent tone and detail. Well done!
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01/18/2006 01:43:29 PM
WOW!!! Visually stunning! Really, an incredible shot! The lighting is superb here, as well as the excellent composition, focus, and depth of field. I never say this on an entry during voting, but I feel this is a ribbon winner. Congratulations on an fantastic shot!
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01/18/2006 11:50:11 AM
Beeaautiful!

Ocelot?

I love these cats. Amazing creatures.

Nicely captured eyes.
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01/18/2006 09:48:39 AM
One word comes to mind when I look at this image WOW! Good luck! 10
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01/18/2006 09:10:10 AM
I had a friend that had one of these big cats, very strange cat. This is a great capture one.
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01/17/2006 07:24:09 PM
Wonderful focus, it almost looks like it is not real (stuffed?) 10
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01/17/2006 09:58:49 AM
Love the colors and the candid capture of this feline. Colors are very rich and the details on the face are sharp enough for you to see all the fine hairs on this wild cat's head. A closer crop or focus such that the composition is filled by just the cat's head would keep the focus on the cat rather than the background.
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01/17/2006 09:12:30 AM
Beautiful capture! The dark lightening really adds to the mood! 10
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01/16/2006 11:14:58 PM
Excellent. The animal almost looks stuffed. Great lighting and detail.
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01/16/2006 09:30:17 PM
great image. wonderful composition, dof and clarity. great expression as well.
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01/16/2006 08:51:03 PM
Very nice lighting and DOF. Nice job.
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01/16/2006 08:41:43 PM
What an intense stare. It almost doesn't look alive.
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01/16/2006 07:53:47 PM
I can almost see his nose twitch and his whiskers move.
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01/16/2006 07:05:51 PM
Lighting, color, focus, DOF,... All top notch. Outstanding piece of work.
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01/16/2006 06:59:32 PM
This is certainly one of best animal images I have every seen. The colors & lighting are superb, and you hit on the exact DOF to make this image perfect.
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01/16/2006 06:06:50 PM
What an amazing photograph of a cat not many people are familiar with. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure this is an ocelot. The lighting for this really draws the viewer into the cats face, especially those amazing eyes. Definately a 10!
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01/16/2006 05:18:32 PM
This is great, I love the DoF and the nice rich colours.
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01/16/2006 03:16:24 PM
Darkness of the background compliments the shadows on the cat. Eyes have a nice sharp focus. Nice pic
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01/16/2006 01:07:04 PM
How absolutely stunning! That head seems to literally poke itself outside of my computer screen! The deep, rich colors. The xpression. This is better than perfect! A standout, even in a challenge like this! 10
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01/16/2006 11:52:57 AM
Beautiful portrait - love the composition with head on the right of frame looking to the left. Eye detail, colour and catch light are great. Nice DOF choice blurring background but still showing a touch of the environment nonetheless. Nice one!
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01/16/2006 12:53:01 AM
Oh wow, this is glorious! Wonderful wonderful creature and an excellent catch!
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