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Sometimes I'm Afraid to Look...
Sometimes I'm Afraid to Look...
smurfguy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Colorado
Date: Dec 4, 2007
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.6 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2007

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, FOLKS! NEVER SHINE A LASER INTO YOUR EYE! I was shining it just above my eye. =)

That said, I just wanted to make an interesting portrait - I'm really not a dark person. Hope I pulled it off! =)

Laser pointer in right hand, mirror in left hand, I had to shoot the laser up right above my eye to make that nice glow. Positioning the laser was very difficult - I used the shutter delay and the mirror, then looked into the camera at the last second.

Lighting is from two flash heads, both direct hard light, plus long exposure for the laser glow. So technically it's a 3 light source setup.

A headache and 100 shots later, I was finally satisfied with it. Just kidding about the headache... sorta.

PP:
Burned a bit of the bkg, and cloned out a bright laser spot just under my eyebrow. Bit of cloning on small bits of hair, etc. Dodges eyes a bit. B/W, shadow/highlight, levels, sharpening, resize.

Statistics
Place: 41 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.2987
Avg (commenters): 7.3793
Avg (participants): 6.1707
Avg (non-participants): 6.3795
Views since voting: 1663
Views during voting: 513
Votes: 318
Comments: 37
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/09/2008 10:57:16 AM
Crazy picture that should have rated much higher. Awesome shot!
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12/24/2007 03:10:51 PM
I REALLY like it Jeff, and you did an awesome job with the post processing! It's creepy, but in a good way!
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12/14/2007 04:58:10 AM
a little underrated i think
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12/12/2007 11:57:59 PM
Well done! Glad you didn't hurt your eye!
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12/12/2007 02:21:54 PM
This is just brillant Jeff - and it should have done much better imo. Great shot :)
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12/12/2007 12:08:24 AM
The original, for those who were curious. =)

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I had quite a few where just the eye was red, but it's far more interesting when the glow lights the cheek as well, imo.

Cheers!
-Jeff
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 01:18:58 PM
Very sinister 9
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12/10/2007 02:13:14 AM
Wow, even the retina of your eye is glowing with the red light! Very good replication of "Terminator".

(In a low voice) "You have just been photographed". LOL, nice job. BB
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12/10/2007 12:04:25 AM
Quentin Tarantino!
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12/09/2007 10:57:23 PM
Kickass! very nicley done! I would give it a ten but I'm not found of the crop but other than that this is my fav of the challenge! 9
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12/09/2007 07:42:34 PM
Very good execution of an idea (or a good copy). Nice lighting, sharp focused eyes. Overall a nice photo :)
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12/09/2007 06:33:38 PM
Cool. Very cyborg-like.
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12/09/2007 09:47:53 AM
I would love to know how you did this.
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12/09/2007 09:17:13 AM
jee wee
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12/08/2007 06:24:26 PM
Ohhh that is so nasty, soooo cool but nasty. Very well done!
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12/08/2007 05:16:27 PM
very cool concept
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12/08/2007 12:10:21 AM
Really cool, you cyborg you!!!!
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12/07/2007 10:24:18 PM
great "red-eye" effect :-)
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12/07/2007 12:24:44 AM
Me too....JK
Nice lighting and epression.
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12/06/2007 04:34:42 PM
Great moody shot. 7
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12/06/2007 03:27:29 PM
Creepy! Lighting works well, I'll be interested to read how you made the red eye, if it was editing or a light or, etc...? Very interesting
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12/06/2007 12:59:07 PM
Dude... fantastic idea and well executed. think I got the heeby-jeebies from that one. thanks for not centering it.... 9
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12/06/2007 12:15:00 PM
Cool Terminator-ish idea :)
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12/06/2007 09:52:35 AM
I would be too, laser eye! Nice lighting.
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12/06/2007 09:47:30 AM
Nice but would be better with the red light only on the eye ball. 5.
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12/06/2007 09:05:46 AM
Impressive. Well done.
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12/05/2007 10:58:21 PM
cool shot - looks a little like quentin tarantino...
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12/05/2007 10:29:42 PM
Cool!
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12/05/2007 06:14:57 PM
Very nice image. Were you inspired by the Terminator?
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12/05/2007 05:40:50 PM
Been radiated often? Spooky effect you have going, here.
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12/05/2007 03:16:51 PM
You've got the Quentin Taruntino look going on. Cool portrait.
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12/05/2007 01:52:51 PM
Ive seen this before and you really got it spot on. Great snarl :-]
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12/05/2007 12:25:06 PM
You def. got the bad ass look down. I like your lighting and composition. Nice work.
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12/05/2007 05:56:27 AM
Gee what a fantastically menaging SP, love the way you have illuminated your eye within the darkness. The negative space on the left of the shot just goes to emphasise the drama of the image. Super lighting and B&W conversion
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12/05/2007 05:06:17 AM
great job! love the red eye.
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12/05/2007 05:05:54 AM
u look like Quewntin Tarantino man. Intense look 7
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12/05/2007 12:24:33 AM
nice effect :) looks badass
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