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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: May 15, 2006
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2006

Just wanted to keep a simple background and a match for a portrait I had done some time ago. Pointed a flash at the ceiling with a Stofen diffuser.

Dodged and burned. Desat...USM...nothing too fancy. I wanted a quirky shot so I held the frame upside down

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 236
Avg (all users): 6.7466
Avg (commenters): 7.0357
Avg (participants): 6.4338
Avg (non-participants): 7.0192
Views since voting: 3813
Views during voting: 612
Votes: 292
Comments: 44
Favorites: 3 (view)


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08/14/2006 09:07:44 AM
Both pictures are GREAT!!
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06/19/2006 05:45:01 PM
Awesome SP! Congratulations on your top 20!
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06/14/2006 11:14:45 AM
Love it! Great self portrait!
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06/01/2006 11:48:07 PM
You are funny! Very nice study. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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05/31/2006 03:17:41 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club. My critiques are generally geared towards trying to help you improve your score within DPC, and not on any true "artistic" merit of the photograph itself, unless it relates to DPC voters and scoring. Please keep that in mind as you read this.

Initial Thoughts
Hmmm.. not sure I'm going to be able to say much to help you :)

Composition/Content
Actually, there is something I'd like to say. Had you been able to get your camera higher up, I think you could have really improved the composition of this one. As it is, there's just a *little* too much distortion here, and your struggling to look over the frame draws too much attention away from what you are trying to achieve. Had it been a more comfortable pose, with more symmetry between the real you and the framed you, I think this would have been a much stronger image, and a much higher score. Heck.. just the portrait of you in the frame is a 6.x scoring photo in and of itself.

Background
Nicely done and solid black background which really helps highlight the frame. One suggestion would be a mottled grey background, so that the frame wouldn't have disappeared into it so much. Of course, that all depends on *having* one :)

Camera Work/Technical
Nice lighting, good exposure (maybe slightly light on the real you). You seem to lose a little bit of focus in the face of the real you, however, so a deeper DOF would have been recommended. Say, f/5.6 or 6.2 or somewhere in there. (which would have helped the lighting on your skin-tones as well.

Digital Processing
Good work on the processing. No visible marks, everything seems really solid. A little more selective sharpening on your real face might have helped though. Now that I noticed it's softer, I can't seem to move away from that.

Fits the Challenge
Doubly so :)

My Opinion of the Photo
A fantastic concept and well pulled off. As I said, having the camera up just a little higher, or having yourself not looking over the frame so much would have really grounded this for me, and maybe for the voters as well. As it is, you have a fantastic score, but a couple of elements kept it from the ribbons.. which could have been attainable IMO.

Good job, and good luck in future challenges.
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05/29/2006 03:15:14 AM
this was you??? doh only just realised. congrats on a great photo.
another good looking baldy. :)
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05/27/2006 09:04:25 PM
This is one of the best shot in the challenge IMO, great idea and outcome.

Nice to see a "colleague" on DPC.
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05/26/2006 04:12:08 PM
Have to agree with Pedro!
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05/26/2006 11:36:25 AM
why on earth is this not in the top 10? it was absolutely one of my picks of the whole challenge.

nicely done Enzo.

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05/26/2006 05:34:30 AM
I dont which i like better i.e. this photograph or one you holding in your hand.

Great concept,
P.S i like the one you are holding in your hand as i am BW fan
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05/26/2006 03:49:09 AM
Congrats on your top 20 finish dood! great shot
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05/26/2006 12:18:27 AM
very nicely done.. congratulations on your top 20 place
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2006 09:15:15 PM
Hm, great picture you are holding in your hands... This one is a good idea though :o)Overall... I like it, sharp, well lit... 7
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05/25/2006 04:50:41 PM
I like it - it's simple and fun. I caught myself just staring at it for a bit longer than I thought I would!
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05/25/2006 01:37:12 PM
I like the uniqueness of this image. Very effective against the black bg.
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05/24/2006 04:35:24 PM
One of my favorites! I like the contrast of color and b&w. The whole image seems to illustrate a them of constrasts to me. The idea itself is well done. Great job!
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05/23/2006 02:37:33 PM
Marvelous, this will be one of my tops for sure.
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05/23/2006 07:06:28 AM
Good job - 7
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05/23/2006 02:41:28 AM
love this!
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05/22/2006 10:08:41 PM
Great concept here. I like the simplicity of the composition and the lighting is very good. The black background works very well to isolate the subject. Great photo which is being held upside down too.
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05/22/2006 06:17:21 PM
It's upside down! ;-)

I think I like the framed one better then the whole image... if I may say so.
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05/21/2006 11:14:15 PM
I like this idea. Good light and details. Too bad your chin is cut off. Great work.
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05/21/2006 12:33:32 PM
nice clean shot, very cool
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05/20/2006 06:27:53 PM
i can see this in the top 10, great job!!
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05/20/2006 01:38:44 PM
Great idea and well photographed. My monitor is 1152*864 and without hitting F11 I can't see your jeans without scrolling down. imho I prefer the shot cropped at the bottom black frame without the jeans.
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05/20/2006 12:53:58 PM
great idea
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05/20/2006 11:36:53 AM
Great self portrait(s).
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05/20/2006 11:07:53 AM
Nicely presentd. The inversion is eye catching but the symbolic meaning is obscure to me.
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05/20/2006 05:52:42 AM
Ya know, I really like the portrait within the frame. Not sure if there is a specific reasoning for not entering that one :o) The one in the frame would have gotten a 9 from me....as is...a 7.
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05/20/2006 05:49:16 AM
I prefer the b/w upside image, than the one entered.
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05/20/2006 03:27:11 AM
Very creative. I like it.
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05/20/2006 03:16:39 AM
very creative definitely.
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05/19/2006 11:28:25 PM
Heh, cute idea!
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05/19/2006 09:38:12 PM
Cool idea.
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05/19/2006 05:51:14 PM
Job well done! Congrats on such a nice pix and good luck!
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05/19/2006 02:02:22 PM
Great picture. I'm not sure what it is that I like so much about it but I do. I gave it an 8.
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05/19/2006 12:01:38 PM
Very cool.
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05/19/2006 10:52:43 AM
then by that logic 3 would be even better, or 4 . . . I could go on . . . 7
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05/19/2006 10:22:48 AM
Dude, you are upside down! Just kidding :)
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05/19/2006 07:44:08 AM
Very cute idea. I think cropping out your legs might have strengthened both the image and conformance to the title.
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05/19/2006 06:55:17 AM
Unusual, fun, nicely done... I like it!
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05/19/2006 02:56:20 AM
Pssst. Yer holding it upside down. ;-P
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05/19/2006 01:46:01 AM
great idea ... would have liked it better if you cropped your legs out ...
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05/19/2006 12:56:37 AM
CLEVER! Love the title. I wish your actual face were a tad less blanched out, but that's my only complaint. You have GREAT eyes. Good job. 7
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