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Paws by KVirtanen Paws by KVirtanen
I bid you welcome to viewing the original source photo of my lovely life companion, which sort of went viral and is now largely (ab)used around the net with my credits cropped or edited out. Hoping that maybe at some point the original credits will catch up with the popularity, I'll continue to display this one without a distractive watermark. For queries on licensing this photo legally (or just making sure you're on the right track with it) check out my contact info at vanhavirta.fi/

With a firm handshake,
Kimmo

PS: I do other stuff, too:
My online portfolio: vanhavirta.fi/







***ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS***

Original color version ... kvirtanen.deviantart.com/art/P…

BOO! Didn't see that coming, did you ?

This is my little fellow, Alma. She was found with her mom and siblings dumped in a ditch. Luckily the local animal shelter found them and here she is now, as happy as she can be! She's got funny paws because they're very furry. Sometimes that is a problem for her because the fur makes her paws very slippery when running.

This is one of my own favorite photos of all time. I think Paws captures the intricate nature of what I consider to be the personality of the most mischievous and bad-behaving kitten I've ever had the pleasure to have as my life companion.

The photo was shot standing under her against a book shelf. Meaning, the background is the ceiling. Me and my spouse got so excited about this photo that we plan to print it on canvas : ) (UPDATE: we did it, and it looks really cool; winkety-wink .. !)

Technicals: Handheld, flash with front bounce card (kvirtanen.deviantart.com/journ…, 30mm, Canon EOS350D

Workflow: B/W conversion, sepia, contrast, vignette

BTW: The picture isn't out of focus; focusing on the paws was a conscious decision. Consider it a portrait of her paws.

Comments and critique are most welcome.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ah, thanks but I get it if they used the photo to pitch a project for their studies or something. As long as the photo isn't used in the project, I guess there's no harm done. Thanks for the heads-up, though .) :handshake:
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:iconcrystellia:
Crystellia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
welcome wish I could sell photos of cats they're so cute
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:iconherrakissa:
HerraKissa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
www.asos.com/ASOS-Petite/ASOS-…
Tämän paidan printti näyttikin vähän turhan tutulta. Mahtaako olla mitään lupaa kysytty kuvan käyttöön...
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Kiitti ihan hulluna tarkkaivaisuudesta ...! :) Lähti kohtuullisen tulenkatkuinen kirje muotijätille.
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:iconherrakissa:
HerraKissa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Toivottavasti saat sieltä jotain vastausta ja selvitystä! Pidän sille peukkuja, pistää itelläki aika pahasti vihaksi moinen. Tekijänoikeuksilla ei ilmeisesti paljoa väliä ole :/
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Joo todellakin toivon itteki, mutta taitavat feidata koko asian. Olivat poistaneet nyt tuotteen sivustolta, mutta vastauksia mun kyselyihin ei ole kuulunut...
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Those paw are so fluffy! :faint:
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
They sure are ...!
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Beautiful shot! What a great pose and expression.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot ...! :highfive:
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
You're very welcome :aww:
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:icondanaa96:
Danaa96 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Photographer
featured- [link]
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:iconjean-luc-a:
Jean-Luc-A Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
A wonderful pawtrait! :)
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, thanks ...! :handshake:
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:iconjean-luc-a:
Jean-Luc-A Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
:)
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:iconficktionphotography:
FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:ahoy: This has been featured in my recent journal, found here: [link] :ahoy:
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:icondevilchild93:
Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
ERMERGERD KIRHTEN PERHS!
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:lmao:
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:iconstarykey:
starykey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
STALKER!
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconaurora-cs:
aurora-cs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the paws but the eyes get me as well - staring into your SOUL!
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, I'm glad to hear that :) :handshake:
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:iconawfultosee:
awfultosee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
featured [link] :heart:
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:iconwelcu86:
welcu86 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a look! :D Lovely.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, thanks ...! :)
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:iconchaosfay:
ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
This has been stolen and is seen here: [link] and [link]
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! I gave them some constructive feedback. [link]
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:iconchaosfay:
ChaosFay Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
glad to help. Your photograph is one of my favorites, and seeing it slaughtered by thieves angers me. May I suggest you put a watermark on it?
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sigh, I guess you're right - I hate watermarks :/ It's already spread around the 'net quite a lot, so... Hmm. This time I was quite disappointed by how they removed the credits from the original photo.
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:iconchaosfay:
ChaosFay Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
You've made the file downloadable. At least remove that option to make it more difficult to steal.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think I have left it enabled because it's handy for keeping a record of how popular the photo is. The reality is unfortunately that if a picture is visible on a web page it's always possible to be stolen one way or another.

But I do appreciate these tips you give very much, and the concern. To me, however, the most important file is the original hi-res one. If that ever got stolen I'd definitely make a few selected calls to a few lawyers... ;)
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:iconchinchillaloves:
ChinchillaLoves Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey if you are a lover of animals please join my new group ;D
[link]
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:iconanonymouse-skylark:
Anonymouse-Skylark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
d'aaw.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
;)
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:iconmst-photography:
mst-photography Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love the tone. It has a great aura.
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's really nicely said, thanks ..!
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:iconmst-photography:
mst-photography Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're welcome. =)
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:iconrushy:
Rushy Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I just KNEW this would happen..
Click on a good photograph enough times and you'll almost ALWAYS end up back on DeviantArt!
This one started on Facebook, came through Pinterest, and eventually ended up right back where all the good art lives!
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow I wasn't aware of a real campaign forming behind it - glad to hear that though :)
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YamahaR6Girl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I love it, she looks so mischievous in the photo :D (judging from her eyes^^)
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh yes, she is just that :) Thanks for the comment ..!
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:iconyamahar6girl:
YamahaR6Girl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
You're welcome :) Good luck with your mischievous kitty =^.^= :D
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:icondream-sweetdreams:
Dream-SweetDreams Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Featured [link] :heart:
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:iconsamrockk:
samrockk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
This photo has been featured here -> [link]
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:iconhectordefendi:
HectorDefendi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ha! How did You get this kitty to do this? lol... :)
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Didn't have to, she likes to hang her head from the strangest places ;)
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:iconhectordefendi:
HectorDefendi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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:iconmihray:
Mihray Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011   Digital Artist
i featured your pic in my journal: [link]
:heart:
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:iconnocturndrops:
NocturnDrops Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
aw look at the furry paws! I want to tickle tickle tickle them!!!
I bet she was praciticing to be a ninja <3
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
She's quite a ninja alright :D
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