Su Sana E. P level-classic January 06, 2008

Clarity and dof and really excellent in this terrific close-up, Colleen!! #822950

Colleen Farrell January 06, 2008

Odeth Mizuno
BetterPhoto Member
member since: 5/14/2007

Great close-up, Colleen!

1/5/2008 11:49:12 PM

Thanks so much, Odeth and SuSana! #5298677

Lynne Morris January 06, 2008

Keep breaking the rules Colleen, this is a fantastic close up, the details are excellent! #5298684

Jennifer L. Alder January 06, 2008

A VERY beautiful cat, Colleen. I think the detail, color and light here are fantastic!
What a beautiful tribute
:) #5298685

Alex T. Mizuno January 06, 2008

Colleen, I'm really impressed with the sharpness of this beautiful kitty! Can you tell me what lens you are using?

Don't worry about rules of composition. This is powerful and effective as a close-up. Look at Sergio Leone's close-ups in his films. They have no ears :) #5298694

Colleen Farrell January 06, 2008

Thank you so much for the great comments and encouragement, Lynne, Jennifer and Alex!

Alex, it was a Nikon 70-300mm at 300mm. I can't remember if it was handheld or on a tripod. BTW, very interesting tip about Sergio Leone's close-ups--I'm a big film buff! #5298720

Laurence Saliba level-classic January 06, 2008

Gorgeous closeup Colleen!!!! #5298742

Alex T. Mizuno January 06, 2008

Thank you Colleen for sharing info. Now I know what lens to get!

I'm glad you know Leone. When the chimes end, pick up your camera!


Anne M. Young level-addict January 06, 2008

This is fantastic - I love it. Awesome point of view, great clarity and beautiful model - So pleased you loaded it. #5298760

Barbara Waldoch level-classic January 06, 2008

Beautiful capture, Colleen! #5298909

Nancy (Peaches) Harker January 06, 2008

Well, I am glad you loaded it too, beautiful kitty, and I would think if your doing a close up of eyes and whiskers, how can ya have his ears in there too LOL!
FANTASTIC capture with super clarity lighting and color girl! #5298910

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic January 06, 2008

A beautiful close-up; you accomplished what you set out to. If cutting off ears in a close up is "breaking the rules," I'm guilty, too. I love this shot! #5299092

Sam Britt January 06, 2008

Wonderful close-up of Spider, Colleen. He was so beautiful. #5299719

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 06, 2008

Great close up and I love the composition. I noticed his face immediately, especially the eyes and whiskers, and thought nothing (negative) of the close crop until I read your own description. I actually think the fact that most of the whiskers--amazingly sharp--are cropped off across the bottom lets them lead our eye into the frame and up to the face. You will miss Spider. #5299733

Jessica Jenney January 06, 2008

Spider was so beautiful, Colleen! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous image with us! #5299857

Vladan D. Djordjevic January 06, 2008

What a great portrait! Terrific photo with great detail, color and lighting. #5299992

Colleen Farrell January 06, 2008

Thanks so much, everybody--really appreciate the great comments! #5300480

Judy A. Lawhon January 06, 2008 sorry for your loss of this beautiful cat!! I like the composition and the whiskers!! #5300546

Judy A. Lawhon January 06, 2008 sorry for your loss of this beautiful cat!! I like the composition and the whiskers!! #5300552

Tiia Vissak January 06, 2008

A beautiful capture! #5300783

Heather January 06, 2008

Such a Cute Capture! :) #5300792

Colleen Farrell January 06, 2008

Thank you, Judy, Tiia and Heather! #5300853

Susan Fox January 06, 2008

Spider was a beautiful cat. I think the composition works perfectly here. It brings the focus to those fantastic eyes. #5301743

Shirley A. Kinney January 06, 2008

Colleen, Spider is beautiful as is your tribute to Spider. I also have a "stray" cat I have owned for 9 years now and "Bob" is very dear to me. Her real name is Scrappy but since she had no tail my husband always caller her Bob and that stuck. She looks a lot like Spider. #5301889

Daniella Puente January 06, 2008

The focus is really perfect Colleen and the POV you capture is GREAT +++++ #5301936

Colleen Farrell January 06, 2008

Thank you, Susan, Shirley and Daniella! #5302352

Stefania Barbier level-addict January 07, 2008

don't know about the rules but I love it Colleen... beautiful! #5303820

Colleen Farrell January 07, 2008

Thank you, Stefania! #5305213

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict January 07, 2008

Rules were made to be broken, Colleen, this is an awesome capture, very compelling!!!
-Debby #5306783

Colleen Farrell January 07, 2008

Thank you, Debby! #5306892

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 08, 2008

Well now at least you know cut off whiskers are ok by at least one of the EP people, too :) Congratulations! #5310833

Laurie Daily level-deluxe January 08, 2008

Fantastic, Colleen! I would say, rules are made to be broken, and it obviously didn't hurt this great image...congrats on your EP! #5310932

Colette M. Metcalf January 08, 2008

Cute capture, Colleen!! #5310940

Colleen Farrell January 08, 2008

Thank you, Nikki, Laurie and Colette! #5311272

Patricia Ronan January 08, 2008

Terrific image of Spider Colette, you captured his eyes and whiskers beautifully:) #5311329

Patricia Ronan January 08, 2008

OOOOps so sorry Colleen:) #5311335

Colleen Farrell January 08, 2008

Thanks so much, Patricia! :D #5311853

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic January 09, 2008

A beautiful, beautiful cat! I love your POV and I agree you don't have to have the ears to make the image work! I love those eyes....I am so happy Spider had you as his owner. #5314622

Colleen Farrell January 09, 2008

Thank you so much, Shelly! #5316977

Carol Sawyer January 10, 2008

Excellent capture, details and beautiful cat, Colleen! #5318350

Colleen Farrell January 10, 2008

Thanks, Carol! #5320917

Ken Smith level-classic January 10, 2008

Excellent close-up....I think the ears would have been distracted from the face. Very nice, Colleen! #5321507

Mary K. Robison January 11, 2008

I agree with those who say rules are meant to be broken, Colleen. And the judges obviously "got" what you were going for...
It's a beautiful shot, emphasizing those lovely green eyes and long whiskers. #5322517

Colleen Farrell January 11, 2008

Thank you, Ken and Mary! #5324521

January 11, 2008

excellent close up I really like clarity in the eyes and his wiskers, very nice. #5326998

Colleen Farrell January 11, 2008

Thank you, Sonia! #5327212

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 11, 2008

Spider is a classic beauty Colleen! Love the detail and clarity you've captured here! >^..^< #5327297

Erika Haight January 12, 2008

He is beautiful Colleen... you have captured him perfectly! Very sweet eyes indeed! erika #5329223

Colleen Farrell January 12, 2008

Thanks so much, Cindy and Erika! #5330038

Jill Odice level-classic January 13, 2008

Rules are made to be broken is what I always say! In this case what you did works fine...he sure is a handsome cat :-) #5333950

Colleen Farrell January 13, 2008

Thank you, Jill! #5334605

Heather January 14, 2008

Such a Cutie!! Great Comp., Wonderful Kitty Portrait! #5340487

Cheryl Meisel January 14, 2008

LOL he's darling. I have had this stare too!
Great rule breaking shot! Sometimes you have to break a little rules :)
Cherylm #5340699

Colleen Farrell January 14, 2008

Thank you, Heather and Cheryl! #5341317

Jenny Bosmans January 15, 2008

Fantastic and beautiful portrait indeed, Colleen! :) #5344505

Colleen Farrell January 15, 2008

Thanks, Jenny! #5345243

Joannie Bertucci level-classic January 17, 2008

...and Spider was probably thinking, as he looked at you, "wake up little rosebud"! :-)
Beautiful and handsome! #5356188

Colleen Farrell January 18, 2008

LOL I think you're right, Joannie! Thanks for the great comments. :) #5358757

Carol Teal January 20, 2008

A beautiful close-up of Spider Colleen. Great detail and a loving tribute! #5365623

Colleen Farrell January 21, 2008

Thanks so much, Carol! #5373462

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Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/100 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 320, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: NIKON D70s

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