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Strike a Pose

Strike a Pose
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Copyright: Mark Oxley (MojoUK) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild cats portraits, Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-30 19:45
Viewed: 4725
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Scottish Wildcat seems to have a flea that needs attention. Taken at the BWC.

A small crop, adjustment of levels to B&W points and some noise removal of the background were the only PP needed.

Wild Cat - Felis silvestris

Britain's only wild member of the cat family bears a close resemblance to the domestic tabby, but it is more striped and has a bushier, blunt-ended tail marked with thick black rings. Now confined to the Scottish highlands, wild cats disappeared from southern England in the 16th century; the last one recorded in northern England was shot in 1849.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act gives strict legal protection to wild cats and their dens. They are easily confused with 'feral' cats, which are domestic cats living wild, of which there are about 900,000 in Britain today.

Unfortunately the two species also interbreed to give hybrids, which makes it extremely difficult to define the genetic purity of a wildcat.

The wild cat has suffered considerable decline in population and is now considered at serious risk of extinction in this country.

Info from the BWC website

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Hi Mark

I like the spontaneity of the shot, and of course the DoF. I like that there's "movement" in the leg, showing that it wasn't static!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-31 5:07]

Hi Mark

Great shot, superb pose and composition with lovely colours too. I think Cats enjoy a scratch more than any other Animal.

TFS Hilary :)

Hi Mark,
You caught an excellent moment here. The exposure looks spot on with the nice colors and sharp detail. Just enough motion blur in the foot to add to the shot. Excellent DOF control with the fade to the nice OOF backround. Very interesting notes too. Great job!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-31 15:23]

Cat Yoga again? I love the light here. The details are magnificent and the pose...fantastic.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-01 14:00]

Very good pose from this cat. Good background, well composed and exposed. Thanks for this good work.


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