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Celtic January 12, 2014
like this shot! Well done!
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onyanita June 21, 2014
gorgeous shot.
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JeffreyA July 09, 2014
Outstanding that is an awesome shot. well done! Truly a winner
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AnneDphotography July 09, 2014
love the backlighting ... beautiful image !!
 
CanonCarolyn July 18, 2014
This photo caught attention! It is a beautiful picture!!! The colors, the clarity, the cute subject! :)
 
1guysportsphotography July 30, 2014
I am not a big cat person but this is such a great image, well done!!!!
 
CherylG August 03, 2014
Great picture!! Well done!!
 
mclough August 04, 2014
Im a cat person, but regardless of that I too think this is a wonderful photo! Your Tyson is beautifully captured :))
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Joanna101 August 05, 2014
I hate cats - but this is so well done that I am being won over!
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JonSeymour August 05, 2014
I love this, and I'm as guilty as anyone of posting cat pictures.... He is a handsome kitty though, and the colours are beautiful
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vsidles August 06, 2014
This is truly one of the most beautiful kitty photos I've ever seen! Just spectacular!!!
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Cobble-Art August 15, 2014
Love it! Voted!
 
ScottMcKellinPhoto August 19, 2014
AWESOME!!! Finalist!!!
 
PHOTOHAPPY August 27, 2014
nice shot!
 
JDLifeshots August 30, 2014
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
 
Sefronia65 September 03, 2014
Congratulations and wow...:)
 
masonbphoto September 14, 2014
Wow! Love this.. Awesome Shot!
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kathymuhle September 15, 2014
Beautiful shot
 
RebeccaHope22 September 18, 2014
Breathless
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lizziemellis September 22, 2014
This is an amazing shot Love everything about it:-)
 
dchojnacky September 29, 2014
Fabulous Shot! I can feel the feline's emotion.
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MaryAnne306 September 30, 2014
Stunning. I think this is one of the best cat photos I've ever seen.
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rmr731 October 10, 2014
Awesome capture! Beautiful pic! Congrats on being a finalist!
 
budifajri October 10, 2014
nice shot!
 
michting October 22, 2014
Awesome image. I like how its eyes match the background
 
scottdonschikowski October 29, 2014
nice photo! really like the colors!
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Bonnie_D October 30, 2014
love this
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Tomek November 09, 2014
absolutely mesmerizing!!!
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SarahKeates November 11, 2014
Beautiful shot! Congratulations!
 
smilersam November 16, 2014
Wonderful shot!!
 
Marimage November 17, 2014
superbe!
 
guybahonsrichardson November 24, 2014
NICE CAT!
 
ceciliaz December 05, 2014
Great shot.
 
blueberrydragon December 24, 2014
Congrats on being a finalist!
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njkerosky December 30, 2014
Incredibly Lovely Capture!!!...Purrrrfect entry for my "I Love Cats" Photo Challenge on Viewbug!...Please check it out on the Viewbug Challenge Page...Thanks for sharing!!!
 
Mustang75 January 06, 2015
Nice capture. Great look from kitty.
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hwishnick January 15, 2015
Beautiful portrait
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hwishnick January 15, 2015
Beautiful portrait
 
Meshuggener January 18, 2015
Stunning photo and a gorgeous kitty ♥

I definitely prefer this one to the original, I like how you've removed some elements that were quite distracting.
 
Cla6Ssy0 January 28, 2015
Love the eyes and the colors!!!
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dareco January 29, 2015
voted :)
 
ernestoromero February 11, 2015
...very nice..
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dareco February 24, 2015
I think I voted for this one before, beautiful, and voted again
 
Wendy-May March 06, 2015
Beautiful! Very striking photo.
 
shawnelhope March 16, 2015
Awesome capture!
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perdita_petzl July 14, 2015
great shot!
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vojce August 21, 2015
fantastic shot congrats
 
Kimbrat November 26, 2015
Fantastic capture! He's a handsome boy
 
RhondaMcD November 29, 2015
I can't say enough great things about this photo. It's stunning. Congratulations.
 
nandicmb December 11, 2015
Congratulations on all your well-deserved wins!
 
BrendaCrawford March 05, 2016
Beautiful
 
kenclarephoto August 13, 2016
Brilliant Cat shot, one of the best I've seen.
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margitulstrup October 23, 2016
Love it
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overthehillfan2004 November 03, 2016
JUST WOW! What a remarkable shot. What a gorgeous kitty!
 
sara344 September 08, 2018
haha love this!! great shot!
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Beautifully done!
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Artmann Jun 24
Nice photo, I am adding this one to my favorites for my challenge.

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This is truly my best photo, and it's of the most important thing in my life. After taking some graphic design courses, I've learned how to touch up photos bett...
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This is truly my best photo, and it's of the most important thing in my life. After taking some graphic design courses, I've learned how to touch up photos better. Compare it to the original, which do you think is better? I'm still a bit unsure, but I believe I prefer this one. Taken on my Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm telephoto lens, here's Tyson!


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Behind The Lens

Location
I actually took the image in a tree in my backyard. It turned out to make the perfect location for a fall feline portrait!
Time
Early afternoon, I believe. Around 1PM or so.
Lighting
The lighting is 100% natural. The sun was in the perfect position to illuminate my subject as well as the golden fall leaves behind him. I didn't have to use any type of flash or artificial lighting.
Equipment
I only used my D5100 and my Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens.
Inspiration
I never intended to take this photo, actually. I was at home, looking for something to do, and I thought to myself "I'll take my cat outside and try and get a cute photo of him". All I wanted was to take a typical cute kitty pic and be done with it. While outside, I noticed one of our trees had gorgeous large fall leaves on it. I also realized I had never seen my cat climb a tree before. I was curious, so I put him in to see what he did. I snapped quite a few photos in the meantime. It was casual, and even a little spontaneous. I didn't realize how well this photo had turned out until I looked at the images weeks later.
Editing
Yes! This photo made me realize that no matter how well you take your original photo, you'll probably always need to edit it a bit. For this image, I didn't have to do much. I used the website iPiccy (because it was before I had Photoshop). I lightened up the image a bit (exposure and contrast), adjusted the temperature of the colors to a warmer feeling for fall, used the HDR effect on really low (keep it subtle) to boost clarity of the image, and then I softened up the background a bit because the HDR tool in iPiccy made it a tiny bit grainy. The last few steps are ones I did not do until months after the initial edit. There was a twig on the tree trunk I edited out using the clone tool because it was taking focus away from the cat itself. I also edited out a fly by Tyson's (the cat's) ear. One last thing that I did was I cleaned up the leaf next to his head. The tree he is sitting in is always the first to change leaves, so naturally at this point in fall (middle of October) the leaves were starting to rot. I just removed as many brown splotches as I could. A lot of people have asked me why I don't remove the entire leaf. The reason is I think it gives the image more of a fall feeling to it, and of course the area would seem very empty if I did decide to remove it.
In my camera bag
Two camera bodies (Nikon D5100 and Nikon D7000), 55-200mm Nikon lens, 85mm micro telephoto lens, 18-55mm Nikon kit lens, and an 18-105mm Nikon kit lens. In short, it's all of my digital camera gear.
Feedback
Don't set out to take a great photo. I know that sounds strange, but that's my advice to you. Some of the best photos you could ever take are unintentional. Let the photo opportunity come to you. For me, I got lucky. As soon as I placed my cat in the tree here, he got settled into a position that made him look like he was going to jump out of the tree (leaning forward, like in this photo). Just then, a flock of birds flew past overhead to distract him while I took this photo. All of the factors that make this photo great are ones that I couldn't have helped. The things around us aligned perfectly all by themselves, all I did was snap the shot.

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