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  Mini#20 Best of 2009
Entry 18 of 38
   
 
Tyler       ©2010 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       18th place, 50 points
1/20s, f3.6, ISO 80, 92mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop, USM, re-size for web       Extra Info: Tyler is a very independent cat who has a lot of character.
 
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Mepo
Jan 12, 2010
    Jade LOL again. You made me remember that there were times that I prayed fervently that I would NOT see a particular sight through my mask - I shiver just thinking about it.
Franz - Your putting me in 2nd place made the challenge worthwhile :-) especially as you don't usually like cat photos! As Jade mentioned it is very satisfying to get votes from people who's work you admire. I can appreciate that everyone had a hard time choosing favourites - what a fantastic display of talent we had.

Franz07
Jan 12, 2010
    Hi Mepo, this picture deserved a much higher place! Feel assured it is an amazing photo! ...and a beautiful cat! ;-)

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2010
    Honestly, this is the best full frame cat portrait I have seen. A fine image! [Edit] I was thinking you could start a second career as a pet photographer and then I was thinking what made you think to take such a finely detailed full frame shot. Of course, my next immediate thought was that you spent a good part of your career, viewing everything like this LOL! Looking forward to the new year and your commentary. I'm sure it will be fun!
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

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Mepo
Jan 11, 2010
    LaRee- Thank you. I can't claim I chose the background but when I saw it I realized that it was special for Tyler's portrait.
Una - I'm devastated :-) but considering the plethora of excellent shots in this challenge I can understand.
aprilsole - LOL - I like your paronomasia, and your vote. Thank you.

aprilesole
Jan 10, 2010
    Purrfect~! A really nice portrait~! TT~! GL!

Una
Jan 10, 2010
    I am sure he has, and thats why I am confident he will not be too angry that he fell out of my TT due to the strong field. Sorry, and good luck!

LaRee
Jan 9, 2010
    I don't think it gets any better than this for a cat portrait. Even the background offsets the face well. Nice work indeed. Good luck.

Mepo
Jan 9, 2010
    Jade - Many thanks.
rabaak - Thank you. I'm not a cat person. My neighbour has cats that do nothing but breed profusely, wreck my garden, kill songbirds, get into my trash and then they go home and lick her kids :-) Tyler belongs to a good friend who took him in as a stray or rather Tyler picked out his house and made it clear he needed to be adopted. He also condescended to let me cat-sit him.
brown - appreciate your comments - I had an excellent model to work with. I cropped it down to the ears but a niggling voice from Raf kept saying 'get closer, get closer'. LOL
elliott - Very happy you liked it. A few cats have insinuated themselves into my life through force of character - Tyler is one of those. I will check out your photo once the voting ends.
brown - WOW great news. Thank you again. He was lit by natural light coming through my office window. I got back to my office to find him curled up on my chair so I rolled it over the window, grabbed my camera and voila! Two shots later and he was gone.
Lindy - Thanks. I passed on your comment to my friend and he said 'Great! - as if Tyler doesn't have a big enough opinion of himself already LOL
Old Finn. Many thanks, glad you liked it.
Franz - First Jade with his aversion to sunsets and now you with cats - I'm going to run out of subjects LOL I'm glad you think this one is different - thank you for your comments.
Edited on Jan 9, 2010

Franz07
Jan 9, 2010
    I know that I know this one! From the "Fill the Frame" challenge, I guess... but I couldn't find it anymore in the forum! ;-)
I'm no fan of cat pictures - but this one is different (thankfully)! A really beautiful close up. Perfect composition, wonderful colors and great lighting.
Very well done!

Old Finn
Jan 9, 2010
    We have seen this pic before, and it is still a very nice pic.
In my TT

LindyB
Jan 9, 2010
    Tyler is beautiful! Good luck!
Edit - after changing my TT a zillion times, Tyler has made it! The detail in the whiskers, fur, and eyes is excellent, and Tyler is just too sweet to leave out :)
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

brown04
Jan 8, 2010
    Yup, after lotsa (well some anyhow) deliberation, I got it the 1st time through. # 1 Great shot! How'd you light her?

elliott
Jan 7, 2010
    this makes me smile. i took a very similar shot of 'spookey', my cat. same eyes, same expression, etc. close up similar. i liked it a lot. almost no one that i showed it to shared my feelings. only those who know the cat had positive comments. go figure. anyway i like it. i changed mine to bw, increased contrast to make whiskers stand out more. i have email link on my profile if you'd like to see my version. good luck with your entry. el
Edited on Jan 7, 2010

brown04
Jan 7, 2010
    In a group of all #1 photos, this is the first that I absolutely have to comment on in my first run through. I *love* this image, and I love this cat. The colors you got are beyond phenomenal ... fantastic clarity, of course, as well. Gonna be very hard to rate all these, but it'll be hard not to give this # 1.

rabaak
Jan 7, 2010
    I'm a cat person. This is a very nice picture.

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2010
    A truly fine animal portrait.
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