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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-31
Categories: Pets
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-01 4:50
Viewed: 997
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday we stopped by my daughter’s apartment to meet her new cat, Max. She adopted Max from the local Humane Society on Friday. I thought that the name “Max” was odd for a cat, particularly in this day and age, but didn’t say much about it. My wife later told me that Steph got the name from a story that her grandmother (my mom) used to read to her as a child: Max und Moritz. This story is probably familiar to our German friends, but I hadn’t thought of it in eons. It’s interesting what childhood memories we hold close to our hearts.

Max was sitting on top of the sofa for this shot, so the wall was a perfect backdrop. I bounced flash off the ceiling. PP work consisted of a small crop, cloned out a bit of schmutz on Max’s face, resized and USM.

Thanks for viewing and have a great Sunday.

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Hi Werner, I must say, I don't often look at cat photos, or comment on them, but this one did catch my eye. You've got some really great detail there.
Also I liked your note ... I remember Max und Moritz too, also I believe from my grandparents. I haven't thought of that in years!!! When I clicked on your link, the cartoon chararcters looked familiar immediately. Yup ... childhood memories.
Schmutz .. hehe :)
Have a nice Sunday

Such a coincidence Werner. I recently adopted a 4-month black manx kitten, and his name is also Max. Your daughter's Max looks absolutely sweet and gentle. Fine focus on his eyes, I am glad you completely show his ears and whiskers. Cheers.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-01 6:13]

Hi Werner

I guess they could call it 'Mad Max' when it's naughty ;-) Effective tight framing with good sharpness & reflections on the eyes. Tfs!

I'm so envious of the clarity here. Are you sure I have the same camera???:))) Maybe it's not those Michael Jordan shoes that gave me my 2" vertical jump. :)

A very lovely capture Werner.

One never knows what will stick in a child's mind. When I think about the few things that I do remember, for some reason they were significant at that time. I try to be conscious of this in my interactions with my daughter, but one really never knows.

I like Max, but I'm not crazy about cats. I had one named Job..from the Bible. I named him this because of all the pain that cat brought me. The last thing he broke of mine was a $70 bottle of wine that I was saving for a special occasion. Job moved in with a new family after that incident.

Truly a great capture here Werner!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-11-01 10:16]

The cat of your daughter is lovely!
Great details and colors.

Hi Werner,
Woww, what an impressive look!... Well timed shot. Crisp image and good light condition
Selahattin E

Hi Werner,
Quite a moody looking expression on the cats face, probably not used to being in front of the lens, lol. Excellent clarity, can see each and every detail, the neutral background works well too. Bouncing the flash off the ceiling seems to be a good choice, resulting in an even exposure across the image. Great work mate.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-11-01 16:15]
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Hi Werner
Here kitty kitty... You sure got his attention.
I am a animal lover and cats are high on my list.
Good deed getting it from the humane society, this cat at least will have a good home.
He is real cute and you caught him well,the eyes, nose whiskas are tack sharp.
Well done.

Nice pov Cats are always so clean looking Hes certainly watching you Nice use of the flash
warm regards

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-02 4:05]


il est mangigique Max, quelle belle tête, soon petit museau rose, ce belle moustache, mervilleux portrait de ce chat blan-Noir.

Bravoe t amitié


Hello Werner,

Excellent portrait of this beautiful and very lucky cat.
Great sharpness and light.

Best regards,

Hi Werner,
Max is sooooo cute, I love this cat, such a nice face. Of course I know Max und Moritz, but it's a "black" story, I don't liked it very much when I were a child.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonjour Werner.
Un magnifique portrait de chat avec d’excellents détails qui met cette image bien en valeur.
Une bonne réussite, bravo.
Bonne journée.

Hi Werner,
lovely picture nice face. i love the cats eyes.

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