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A Wild Cat

A Wild Cat
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III USM, Digital ISO 400, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lesser cats of the world, British Wildlife Centre - 12 July 2006, Wild cats portraits, Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-14 15:33
Viewed: 4477
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another from the British wildlife center visit last Wednesday.

This time a wild cat or felis silvestris. See here for their details - select animals then wild cat.

When I took this picture, I didn't know that we were actually allowed in the pen with the wild cat and this picture is actaually taken (very carefully) through the bars of the pen. I managed to position the lens against the wires and have a complete square around the lens (one advantage of a smaller diameter lens!), and on near full zoom no wires were visible in the picture.

I guess if I had have known and gone in, the wild cat may not have stayed put for the 1/2hr I stayed an watched it clean itself and I wouldn't have got this picture.

Hopefully I will get another post in tomorrow (not 100% sure becuase the common ajacent to the one on which we live is on fire (that is Thursley Common - see my forum note for details - its bad) and we may have to leave becuase of the smoke tomorrow....

Still on the bright side I will get to go on holiday a day early!

Photo details - full frame, -2/3 Exposure Compensation, RAW, Tripod, resize, sharped. that's it.

Enjoy and thanks for a good day out, though the Thursley Common trip may now not be a good idea! Arundel sounds better.

MojoUK, liquidsunshine, scottevers7, ramthakur, valy67, aido, Anton, marhowie, Alex99, cecilia, cas_orla has marked this note useful
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This has come has so well Emma, the cats were so photogenic, my shots of them just sadley looked like large domestic cats but this is nice, well taken.

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-07-14 17:20]
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Hi Emma,

Very nice shot of the Scotish Wild Cat, she looks very relaxed. Not easy to get a good shot in these bright conditions this time of year at that time of day but you did a good job. The highlights in the grass are a little bright and distract a little but not much that you could do about that for the above reasons. You might try toning them down with the shadows and highlights tool in PS if thats what you use.

Is this the same Cat that we were allowed to go in with? If so she is the one that lost the kitten if you didn't already know.

Very disturbing news about Thursley Common, I hope that some of it is spared from the fire and that the impact on the wildlife isn't to great. And of course that you are safe and sound as well.

Regards, Mark.

Hi Emma,
The light looks tricky, and you've got a good result.
He looks like he's just spotted his dinner. Great pose.
Thanks for posting, have a great holiday.
It's bad news about the fire, I hope the damage is minimal.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-15 4:17]

Hi Emma,

Well composed shot,the light was not on your side,but the picture shotten between the bars is good,

well done and TFS,


Hi Emma,
A difficult exposure that you have managed very well. very good colors and detail in the cat. From the facial expression, I don't think geeting in to get closer would have been a good idea.

Very good picture of this wild cat, Emma.
It DOES look wild, going by its facial expression.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-15 14:23]

Hi Emma !
This wild cat is so beautiful ! Details, colors and exposure are excellent. Composition and POV are very beautiful too. This cat looks so relaxed. very well done !

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-16 3:28]

Hi Emma,
Beautiful cat in a lovely landscape! The cat is very confortable in shadow, but it complicated light for you!;-)
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-16 11:02]
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Hi Emma,
Lovely shot of this Lady. Good exposure considering the harsh light and lovely detail. Whenever I saw her she was sitting under a log in the shade so I didn't get anything that was usable.

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-16 16:10]

This is a great shot of this wild cat. The exposure is spot-on taking into account that you had contrasting lighting conditions.

Hi Emma,
Great details and you managed the hard light well..Well composed with a good POV and a nice pose seen..
Well done and TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-18 8:15]

Hi Emma.
Next your nice and colourful shot of animal. Very good DOF and POV, composition and sharpness. Well done and TFS.

Beautifully done,love the pose,colour and nicely composed...
Nice work...

Hi Emma,
I love cats - and this one is beautiful.
I like the light shining on her and her interested face, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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