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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: Apr 20, 2007
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

I don't care for expert editing but wanted to enter something so this is my baby for the month. I guess when all else fails, go back to the basics. Editing was simple: shot in b&w mode, crop, USM, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 121 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.1686
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0164
Avg (non-participants): 6.5400
Views since voting: 972
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 172
Comments: 9
Favorites: 5 (view)


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05/10/2007 11:18:11 PM
A stunning black and white portrait of this beautiful cat, with stunning textures and fine detail.....
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05/10/2007 11:12:38 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Very effective shot.

Compositionally, I like how the head fills the frame, and I think that cropping it so tightly was very effective here. I find myself following its gaze out the frame, and wondering exactly what he (she) is seeing.

Technically, the focus on this is great. So many times, it seems, with animals, something will be blurry and it detracts from an otherwise great shot. You do not have this problem. The focus is awesome. Also, the bw is very nice, not a muted gray, but clear blacks and white, and the contrast level is very appealing to me. I am on my laptop, which is notoriously flat, so it the contrast looks good here, it may have been "too contrasty" for some of the voters. Also I like the textured background.

Overall, you have an awesome shot it. It seems to really capture the essence of the cat and its personality. To score over a 6 with a pet shot in a free study is commendable in itself.

Good work.

If I need to further clarify or explain, please feel free to contact me.
Karma
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 06:58:21 PM
I like the reflect in the eye.
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05/04/2007 05:40:54 PM
Excellent composition and detail. Well done 8
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05/04/2007 04:21:00 AM
nice close up of an intense kitty. Birdwatching is serious cat business ya know!
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05/03/2007 01:58:49 PM
Brilliant shot. I'd defintely have this image hanging on my wall. It's obviously a cat but it also has a subtle abstract touch.
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05/02/2007 02:39:35 PM
i like the high contrast look.
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05/01/2007 03:24:51 PM
4
05/01/2007 11:30:21 AM
Love it
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