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Challenge: Pet Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon MF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AIS
Location: My livingroom
Date: Feb 24, 2008
Aperture: f2.4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2008

My Bengal cat Nikita. I had a very hard time choosing which one to submit and I'm not certain I made the right choice.

Post processing would have been legal in basic, crop, unsharp mask, curves, levels

Place: 125 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.6220
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.3818
Avg (non-participants): 5.8889
Views since voting: 780
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 209
Comments: 13
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03/07/2008 09:45:27 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First Impression

Cool patterns. Interesting animal. I want more.

Looking Deeper

Beautiful animal, for sure! I think that's why I was a little disappointed/unsatisfied when I first saw this photo during the challenge. Unsatisfied because I wanted more detail and to encounter the richness of this wonderful cat in a more intimate way. This portrait feels a little static and distant in other words.

As someone (you) who knows this cat the photo is fine as you can relate to the cat's personality and traits.

What would change the way I see it? The head, face, and eyes...engage me, show me some soul. The cat now is looking down and away. Very impersonal. The fur, the whiskers, the texture and detail...bring me in closer. A "head & shoulder" type portrait would still show the character (unique fur patterns) but let the viewer feel like they're in the moment.

Technically, the photo is "ok". A little deeper aperture would have brought the entire face and distant eye into sharper focus. Lighting and exposure is fine also.

It's not the technicals that held this back IMO. It's the documentary, static feel of the image overall.

Anyway, that's my two cents. :-)

Questions? Please feel free to send me a PM. Thanks!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2008 10:52:51 PM
Nice, though bumping up the brightness and contrast a bit would help to bring out all the awesome colors and patterns in the fur.
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03/02/2008 06:33:49 PM
Wow, that looks like a Bengal. Gorgeous cat. Love those eyes.
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03/02/2008 06:12:09 PM
What beautiful coloring, you've captured the wild side for sure!! Nicely done, the intense green eyes could get you blue. 9
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03/02/2008 04:34:43 PM
Beautiful cat, great lines. Great pose and interesting shot.
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02/29/2008 09:43:32 PM
Nice detail in th efur and lovely markings on this cat
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02/29/2008 03:43:36 PM
7 - Nice pose. I just noticed a little red something halfway along the tail, which perhaps you could have cloned out, but minor. Given this beautiful coat, I wonder about a variation in lighting to allow it to 'show' more. Beautiful cat.
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02/28/2008 08:58:13 PM
Good title. I love the look and feel of this photo. 8
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02/27/2008 05:15:26 PM
I like the energy that you captured.
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02/26/2008 07:12:25 PM
beautiful coloring and the focus is great
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02/26/2008 12:09:50 PM
Crisp, clean, and nice.......6
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02/26/2008 09:38:59 AM
clever title as he really has the markings of a wild cat
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02/25/2008 09:00:27 AM
Outstanding color & detail- those eyes...just wonderful !
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