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My first upload in the brave new world of V5! Great to be able to see the large version without clicking.

This is Cupid, one of Kita's cats, looking very distinguished, don't you think? It looks like it's selectively coloured but I only made one small change to the colour. He's sitting on a black chair with a white wall behind him but the grey parts of the cushion he's are really red and green so I desaturated them to avoid the distraction.

All comments and criticism welcome.

Dave.

Friday, 9th July, 2010.
50mm, f/3.5, 1/100s, ISO-100.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 50mm f/1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:None
Title:Cupid
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:20 Jan 2011 - 12:49 PM
Tags:Cat, Marmalade, Orange, Pets / captive animals, Tabby
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 - 1:08 PM

He is a stunner with personality! Great capture!

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2011 - 1:10 PM

Yes It is great to see it large first time off. The impact is wow!

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gingerdelight
20 Jan 2011 - 1:15 PM

A wonderful study Dave, great focus on the leading eye and nose, and excellent detail in the fur. He's a real beauty of a cat too! I agree that it's great to see the large version straight away, although it might show up a few of the faults in my shots! I'll need your comments to keep me right! Wink
Carol

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JackieB
JackieB  4 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2011 - 1:21 PM

Excellent capture.....well done

Jackie

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2011 - 3:46 PM

Delightful pussy cat well captured
Alvar

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Phil_L
Phil_L  5 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2011 - 8:04 PM

Very well done. Perfect dof. The subtle colouring stands out beautifully against the neutral background ....good move to tone down the cushion. Fabulous whiskers. Rgds.
Phil

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2011 - 11:20 PM

Lovely detail, tones and expression Dave - those eyes are magnificent.
Sylvia

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2011 - 2:49 AM

It's a beauty.Super shot IMO.
Rob

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2011 - 10:17 AM

A lovely portrait - I thought this was my Mr Noodles for a moment - but alas he's gone to moggy heaven now

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2011 - 11:47 PM

Perfectly captured shot of Cupid, David, and I do love the 'pose' with that slight upward and to the side tilt of the head: was someone else available to draw the cat's attention, or is she just a natural poser.
Ronnie.

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Daisymaye
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21 Jan 2011 - 11:48 PM

He's a cutie alright. Such personality. Great portrait of him.........Sandy

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2011 - 11:55 PM

I think I was home alone when the shot was taken, Ronnie. But it's possible that one of the other cats or something outside the window caught Cupie's attention.

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NeilWigan
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22 Jan 2011 - 12:13 AM

hi ,i get told by judges that i shouldnt have lines leading out of the frame ie the whiskers,and i shouldnt cut of elbowes as you have done ,are these things just individual judges opinions or is there a situation when it is allowable. I am not critcizeing i am asking a question from someone i trust.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2011 - 12:45 AM

Excellent question! I would say that those are both very good guidelines but that, in most photographs, everything's a compromise.

His whiskers stick out a looong way so, if I were to include all of them on the left, there'd be lot of space on that side of the frame with nothing in it but a few whiskers. That, to me, would make the shot feel unbalanced and would mean that he'd be on the right side of the shot, looking right. Also, because the whiskers converge on his nose, for me, they lead into the shot, rather than out of it.

As for the elbows, it does tend to look uncomfortable if, for example, you have somebody standing with their hands on their hips and elbows sticking out, but the elbows are cropped. There, the two lines of the upper and lower arm are converging on a point outside the shot (or very close to the edge) so they lead the eye out. Here, I don't think you have the two lines leading out of shot because they're broken up by the different colours of fur and because the upper leg is mostly hidden under the body. Because of that, I think I can get away with cropping the elbow in this shot; in other scenarios, it could be more of a problem.

I was a little annoyed that his paw is cut off but I think the face is strong enough to hold the viewer's eye in the shot. I had a bunch of other shots taken at the same time, all with their own advantages and disadvantages, but I felt this was the best, overall.

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AnneWorner
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22 Jan 2011 - 2:28 AM

I always stop for kitty cats Smile He has a wonderful expression - and yes, the face is strong enough to capture the viewer's eye and hold it there.
(Darn that missing tip of the paw though..........)

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NeilWigan
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22 Jan 2011 - 9:18 AM

thank you for that,and i understand what you are saying .

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PeterDSmith
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22 Jan 2011 - 4:52 PM

I didn't notice the fact that Cupid's whiskers and his elbow had been cut off, however I must admit I did notice the amputation of his paw. Mind you, having said that, I think it is the only fault, if it is indeed a fault, in an otherwise excellent photograph of a cat.

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davey_griffo
23 Jan 2011 - 12:24 AM

A very nicely shot portrait.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2011 - 2:47 PM

Do like the expression and good details and tones in this Dave, something has certainly catch his attentions.
Well captured.
Regards Richard

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2011 - 8:10 PM

Nice image Dave, I Winkthink that the left eye might have better if lightened slightly (just my opinion)
Regards
Pete

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Rende
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23 Jan 2011 - 8:23 PM

Very endearing cat portrait Smile
Rende

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phil99
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24 Jan 2011 - 10:03 AM

A super cat portrait . It is the eyes in this grab my attention .Phil

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accipiter
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25 Jan 2011 - 12:06 AM

A fine looking cat - regal. Well taken. The burnout of the whites is noticeable on my screen but I don't believe one can always avoid this. A

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 2:15 PM

Ahhh....how lovely, I love himGrin. The pose is wonderful, a day dreaming cat.Love the eyes, say it all..I would give him everything in the worldGrin Beautiful image.Love it!

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 2:56 PM

Such an ahhhh pic. Love the pose (angle of the head). Pity about the bottom of the paw. Richard and super detail. Paul

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 3:34 PM

Absolutely fantastic!!!! The pose, the expression!!! Perfection x x x

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carp_27
carp_27  6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 - 3:46 PM

Excellent photo Smile

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DitoInacio
27 Jan 2011 - 4:10 AM

Lovely Cat portrait, i like so much the eyes contact, he looks so tenderly.

regards

Dito

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Mynett
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28 Jan 2011 - 1:12 PM

so so sweet and a great name for such a darling, you have captured the eyes so well in this one.

Linda

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A beautiful portrait Dave with that lovely expression, the green eyes and that one raised ear. (somehow feeling similar to one raised eyebrow!)
Being very critical, the focus looks to have just missed the eye - the suberb detail around the mouse and nose shows that in contrast the detail of the near eye and the fur around it, is good, but not quite as sharp - just enough that extreme fusspots would notice Wink
Tim

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OVrtnarHigi
29 Jan 2011 - 12:01 PM

Tip top pet portrait.

top tip i would appreciate more focus on eyes, or at list on dominant.

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2011 - 2:49 PM

Lovely cat! A real charmer! Great shot.
Christina

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Oleg_Lobzin
29 Jan 2011 - 9:45 PM

Gorgeous portrait. Very nice creation. And what a smart look!
Regards, Oleg.

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Dave_Holdham
29 Jan 2011 - 10:46 PM

Wonderful composition ( like the angle of the pose )great detail too.

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raygregson
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30 Jan 2011 - 11:40 AM

excellent image,super eye contact.ray

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NobbytheNobster

Lovely shot, the kind every cat owner would like of their cats.
Nice one Smile
Rick

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2011 - 11:43 PM

Love the detail in the eyes,very nice.

Aidan,,

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Adderwatcher
2 Feb 2011 - 7:56 AM

Lovely portrait, the light in the eyes reall makes this shot. I might be tempted to darken the highlights just slightly on the whites.
Scott

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 1:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Dave, not sure what you had in mind here regarding focus, I can see it's selective hence the choice of f/3.5, however as you know this setting gives a very small dof and maybe that's cutting it just a little too fine to get just enough detail where it should be. It looks as though the point of focus is on the nose and whiskers from here as they would be almost on the same plain but the fur is quite soft (maybe that's how you intended it to be and I respect that). This new version of epz doesn't say whether or not this was a converted RAW file but it would have been possible to have retrieved some detail in the whites if it were which look blown and also indicated in the histogram in levels. Overall it's a very pleasing shot of a lovely looking Cat, no offence intended,
Regards,
Geoff.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 6:55 PM

Very good points, Geoff, and I agree that the DOF is slightly too shallow and the whites on his chest are blown out. It is a converted RAW file but it's entirely my fault that this wasn't displayed -- I just forgot to tick the relevant box. Now fixed.

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leman
leman  3 United States5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2011 - 11:13 PM

Beautiful cat beautiful eyes great name Cupid. Grin
Excellent capture great sharp detail.

Leman

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MickS
MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2011 - 3:43 PM

Nice additions, David.
best
Mick

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dusfim  4 Malta
12 Feb 2011 - 12:18 PM

Sharp shot Dave, with all the details. dusfim

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2011 - 11:26 PM

Hmmm, I am not too sure about left eye shadow... but I must say that I find this image very powerful
Astyag

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2011 - 11:36 PM

He's a boy-cat -- he doesn't wear eye shadow! Wink Seriously, though, I take your point and I think it would be a good idea to lighten that eye a little.

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SteveH1978
24 Feb 2011 - 9:54 PM

Great image, nicely composed. Looks like my old moggy when he was a bit younger.

Steve

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 10:30 PM

Superb feline portrait Dave. Like the POV lighting and excellent detail. Clever not to get blow out on the white areas of fur. Paul

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2011 - 1:36 AM

Hi David, this is a superb capture but of course would not expect anything else from you. how r u? I am still trying to gain experience and knowledge. Inspired by people like you with such wonderful skills.
Ann

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2011 - 8:57 PM

A very beautiful capture.

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14 Apr 2011 - 8:27 PM

Nice image of a good looking cat. Could have done with a bit more Dof but thats nitpicking! Thanks for comments on wigeon relections - I have uploaded another version. A

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acousticmist
15 Apr 2011 - 11:09 AM

Beautifully captured...................Martin

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26 May 2011 - 4:46 PM

What a lovely close-up, Dave. I've only just got back after eons and I definitely like the being able to see the Large version immediately too Smile

Andrew

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5 Sep 2011 - 7:58 PM

looks good to me Smile

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
19 Oct 2011 - 8:11 PM

beautiful capture
Tammy

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3 Mar 2012 - 1:04 PM

Regardless of critique, I think it's just magic. Just look at the face - almost sad ! Wonderful shot !Grin

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1881
1881  2 India
24 Apr 2012 - 5:06 PM

NICE DOF.
SANJEEV

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