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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 1:08PM
He is a stunner with personality! Great capture!

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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 1:10PM
Yes It is great to see it large first time off. The impact is wow!
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 1:15PM
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
JackieB 9 18 3 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 1:21PM
Excellent capture.....well done

Alvar 13 23 2 France
20 Jan 2011 3:46PM
Delightful pussy cat well captured
Phil_L 11 19 1 Wales
20 Jan 2011 8:04PM
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.
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
20 Jan 2011 11:20PM
Lovely detail, tones and expression Dave - those eyes are magnificent.
21 Jan 2011 2:49AM
It's a beauty.Super shot IMO.
Ray42 12 3 England
21 Jan 2011 10:17AM
A lovely portrait - I thought this was my Mr Noodles for a moment - but alas he's gone to moggy heaven now
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
21 Jan 2011 11:47PM
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.
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
21 Jan 2011 11:48PM
He's a cutie alright. Such personality. Great portrait of him.........Sandy
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2011 11:55PM
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.
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
22 Jan 2011 12:13AM
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.
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 12:45AM
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.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
22 Jan 2011 2:28AM
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..........)
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
22 Jan 2011 9:18AM
thank you for that,and i understand what you are saying .
PeterDSmith 11 13 46 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 4:52PM
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.
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
23 Jan 2011 12:24AM
A very nicely shot portrait.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
23 Jan 2011 2:47PM
Do like the expression and good details and tones in this Dave, something has certainly catch his attentions.
Well captured.
Regards Richard
videotec 11 8 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2011 8:10PM
Nice image Dave, I Winkthink that the left eye might have better if lightened slightly (just my opinion)
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
23 Jan 2011 8:23PM
Very endearing cat portrait Smile
phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2011 10:03AM
A super cat portrait . It is the eyes in this grab my attention .Phil
accipiter 10 61 England
25 Jan 2011 12:06AM
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
xwang 10 56 8
25 Jan 2011 2:15PM 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!
PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 2:56PM
Such an ahhhh pic. Love the pose (angle of the head). Pity about the bottom of the paw. Richard and super detail. Paul
lianna 10 13 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 3:34PM
Absolutely fantastic!!!! The pose, the expression!!! Perfection x x x
carp_27 12 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 3:46PM
Excellent photo Smile
27 Jan 2011 4:10AM
Lovely Cat portrait, i like so much the eyes contact, he looks so tenderly.


Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 1:12PM
so so sweet and a great name for such a darling, you have captured the eyes so well in this one.

tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 8:22PM
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
29 Jan 2011 12:01PM
Tip top pet portrait.

top tip i would appreciate more focus on eyes, or at list on dominant.
User_Removed 11 26 2 United States
29 Jan 2011 2:49PM
Lovely cat! A real charmer! Great shot.
29 Jan 2011 9:45PM
Gorgeous portrait. Very nice creation. And what a smart look!
Regards, Oleg.
Dave_Holdham 11 4 1 Wales
29 Jan 2011 10:46PM
Wonderful composition ( like the angle of the pose )great detail too.
30 Jan 2011 11:40AM
excellent image,super eye contact.ray
NobbytheNobster 10 33 5 England
31 Jan 2011 5:14PM
Lovely shot, the kind every cat owner would like of their cats.
Nice one Smile
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
1 Feb 2011 11:43PM
Love the detail in the eyes,very nice.

Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2011 7:56AM
Lovely portrait, the light in the eyes reall makes this shot. I might be tempted to darken the highlights just slightly on the whites.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
6 Feb 2011 1:03PM
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,
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 6:55PM
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.
leman 9 5 United States
9 Feb 2011 11:13PM
Beautiful cat beautiful eyes great name Cupid. Grin
Excellent capture great sharp detail.

MickS 15 23 14 England
10 Feb 2011 3:43PM
Nice additions, David.
dusfim 9 Malta
12 Feb 2011 12:18PM
Sharp shot Dave, with all the details. dusfim
astyag 12 12
17 Feb 2011 11:26PM
Hmmm, I am not too sure about left eye shadow... but I must say that I find this image very powerful
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2011 11:36PM
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.
SHoldenPhotos 10 3 3 England
24 Feb 2011 9:54PM
Great image, nicely composed. Looks like my old moggy when he was a bit younger.

PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 10:30PM
Superb feline portrait Dave. Like the POV lighting and excellent detail. Clever not to get blow out on the white areas of fur. Paul
Canadiann 10 2 Canada
1 Apr 2011 1:36AM
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.
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2011 8:57PM
A very beautiful capture.
accipiter 10 61 England
14 Apr 2011 8:27PM
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
acousticmist 9 10 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2011 11:09AM
Beautifully captured...................Martin
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
26 May 2011 4:46PM
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

pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 7:58PM
looks good to me Smile
JustDucky 9 8 Canada
19 Oct 2011 8:11PM
beautiful capture
Regardless of critique, I think it's just magic. Just look at the face - almost sad ! Wonderful shot !Grin
1881 8 India
24 Apr 2012 5:06PM

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