Su Sana E. P level-classic 1/6/2008 12:26:25 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/6/2008 12:32:20 AM

Odeth Mizuno
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Great close-up, Colleen!

1/5/2008 11:49:12 PM

Thanks so much, Odeth and SuSana! #5298677

Lynne Morris 1/6/2008 12:35:38 AM

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

Jennifer L. Alder 1/6/2008 12:35:39 AM

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

Alex T. Mizuno 1/6/2008 12:37:54 AM

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 level-classic 1/6/2008 12:47:23 AM

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 1/6/2008 12:55:40 AM

Gorgeous closeup Colleen!!!! #5298742

Alex T. Mizuno 1/6/2008 12:57:43 AM

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 1/6/2008 1:08:09 AM

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 1/6/2008 3:38:49 AM

Beautiful capture, Colleen! #5298909

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/6/2008 3:39:42 AM

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 1/6/2008 4:29:13 AM

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 1/6/2008 7:27:56 AM

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

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/6/2008 7:30:07 AM

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 1/6/2008 7:48:51 AM

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

Vladan D. Djordjevic 1/6/2008 8:26:02 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/6/2008 10:33:07 AM

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

Judy A. Lawhon 1/6/2008 10:59:52 AM sorry for your loss of this beautiful cat!! I like the composition and the whiskers!! #5300546

Judy A. Lawhon 1/6/2008 11:02:56 AM sorry for your loss of this beautiful cat!! I like the composition and the whiskers!! #5300552

Tiia Vissak 1/6/2008 12:18:52 PM

A beautiful capture! #5300783

Heather 1/6/2008 12:21:07 PM

Such a Cute Capture! :) #5300792

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/6/2008 12:36:37 PM

Thank you, Judy, Tiia and Heather! #5300853

Susan Fox 1/6/2008 4:56:09 PM

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

Shirley A. Kinney 1/6/2008 5:30:00 PM

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 1/6/2008 5:37:34 PM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/6/2008 7:50:17 PM

Thank you, Susan, Shirley and Daniella! #5302352

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/7/2008 5:13:15 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/7/2008 11:31:28 AM

Thank you, Stefania! #5305213

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 1/7/2008 5:48:38 PM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/7/2008 6:34:51 PM

Thank you, Debby! #5306892

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/8/2008 2:01:34 PM

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-classic 1/8/2008 2:28:48 PM

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 level-classic 1/8/2008 2:31:24 PM

Cute capture, Colleen!! #5310940

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/8/2008 3:47:04 PM

Thank you, Nikki, Laurie and Colette! #5311272

Patricia Ronan 1/8/2008 4:04:41 PM

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

Patricia Ronan 1/8/2008 4:07:17 PM

OOOOps so sorry Colleen:) #5311335

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/8/2008 7:03:51 PM

Thanks so much, Patricia! :D #5311853

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 1/9/2008 9:14:12 AM

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 level-classic 1/9/2008 7:33:21 PM

Thank you so much, Shelly! #5316977

Carol Sawyer 1/10/2008 3:59:08 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/10/2008 2:36:19 PM

Thanks, Carol! #5320917

Ken Smith level-classic 1/10/2008 5:09:39 PM

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

Mary K. Robison 1/11/2008 1:14:27 AM

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 level-classic 1/11/2008 9:35:28 AM

Thank you, Ken and Mary! #5324521

Sonia Bello 1/11/2008 8:38:17 PM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/11/2008 10:16:16 PM

Thank you, Sonia! #5327212

Cindy Bendush level-classic 1/11/2008 11:33:14 PM

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

Erika Haight 1/12/2008 9:32:56 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/12/2008 1:08:53 PM

Thanks so much, Cindy and Erika! #5330038

Jill Odice level-classic 1/13/2008 1:33:40 PM

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 level-classic 1/13/2008 4:17:16 PM

Thank you, Jill! #5334605

Heather 1/14/2008 5:42:16 PM

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

Cheryl Meisel 1/14/2008 6:14:06 PM

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 level-classic 1/14/2008 9:41:11 PM

Thank you, Heather and Cheryl! #5341317

Jenny Bosmans 1/15/2008 12:31:35 PM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/15/2008 3:03:52 PM

Thanks, Jenny! #5345243

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 1/17/2008 9:48:59 PM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/18/2008 8:56:07 AM

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

Carol Teal 1/20/2008 1:00:48 AM

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

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/21/2008 3:14:00 PM

Thanks so much, Carol! #5373462

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