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High Contrast Challenge:  infernal cat
High Contrast Challenge: infernal cat

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Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: home studio
Date: Jun 4, 2006
Aperture: f5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/25 sec
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

Reshoot of my wildly colored original high contrast cat image that hurt your eyes to view...a little tamer image this time...my cat, with subdued backlighting and sidelighting...cropped, levels, unsharp mask, channels, brightness/contrast

Place: 49 out of 161
Avg (all users): 6.2500
Avg (commenters): 7.6429
Avg (participants): 6.1642
Avg (non-participants): 6.3093
Views since voting: 3464
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 164
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/27/2007 02:17:43 PM
Splendid lighting!
06/15/2006 10:45:15 PM
A very nice portrait - the low light approach really highlights the fur well, and the lighting on the nose is perfect! Especially well done given the longish shutter speed - hard to get cats to sit still for that.
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06/15/2006 12:54:39 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: I see the main focus is one the eye that is in shadow, leaving the bright light a bit soft. I'd like to see that reversed, and even a slightly deeper depth of field.

Lighting: Your lighting is the main strength of this image. You did a very nice job with limited highlights to create a great low key image.

Composition/Content: I like the composition that you chose here. It has a nice centered profile feel to it that really works for this image.

My Opinion: This one is hands down better than the original entry. The first one lost the feeling of a photograph. This is a nice animal portrait, even though I am not a cat person. Well done.

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06/13/2006 10:24:56 AM
very beautiful. Just enough light and shadow. Well taken.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 07:04:14 PM
dragonlady? WOW! What a pretty kitty! Much better than the original blue and red one, LOL :) An 8!
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06/11/2006 08:30:26 PM
Could you come and take a portrait of my kitty? Really love this picture! The face is nice and sharp and I like the high contrast.
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06/11/2006 03:37:16 PM
So you toned down the contrast eh? :P To be honest I don't think this would have worked well as a high contrast image if this was resubmited in that challenge but it would get high marks from me in a low key challenge. As for the image itself, I like it. The lighting is good. Maybe a hair blown out in some spots but it's not much of a distraction.

The only thing I'd like to see improved here is to include more detail in the cat's eyes or at least one of them. If there is some existing detail here in the shadows then maybe dodging the eyes would bring them out just enough to provide a bit of a glimpse.

Well that's it. Very nice image. Good luck!
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06/11/2006 02:31:31 PM
OOOOOOH. Makes me want to lean over and touch the pretty kitty. It looks so soft and the expression is so pensive
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06/11/2006 08:20:52 AM
really nice picture of a beautiful cat.
I love the concentration that the cat has.
Focus and lighting is spot on

Good luck

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06/10/2006 12:08:08 AM
Excellent details...I know it is impossible working with cats but I would like to be able to see the eyes more...with that this would be perfection.
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06/09/2006 08:10:19 PM
i hate cat photos but the contrast on this is purrfect
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06/08/2006 06:48:19 PM
Hey, isnt't that my cat?

I like your approach. It's quite effective.
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06/07/2006 09:14:54 PM
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06/07/2006 05:04:42 AM
What a stunning shot!! The lighting is just perfect, and the whole composition, and near-total desat is so effective. I just love it.
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06/06/2006 09:15:23 PM
excellent shot8
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06/06/2006 01:20:53 PM
Good shot, looks like the cat is actually posing.
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06/06/2006 12:38:43 PM
try cropping it a little bit on top but who am I to say...great shot.9
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06/06/2006 05:35:24 AM
The contrasts are good, useing a soft texture as fur does not really give what you are looking for...7
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06/06/2006 12:37:06 AM
My only complaint is not a hint of sparkle in the eyes. Love the detail and how the light hits here and there.
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