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Self Portrait: Warts And All
Self Portrait: Warts And All

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Challenge: Human Portrait (Minimal) II (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: my studio
Date: Apr 1, 2015
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Studio, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2015

should have titled it "sensor dust and all"

I'm no lighting master but if anyone is interested, I had one strobe with a reflective umbrella pointing almost directly down at me and slightly to my right and another strobe with a honeycomb grid directly behind me and a reflector on a stool in front of me for some bounce into my face.

[Apr. 5th, 2015 09:28:06 PM]

Advanced editing versions:
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Place: 15 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.0250
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.9211
Avg (non-participants): 6.1190
Views since voting: 630
Views during voting: 176
Votes: 80
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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07/18/2015 05:45:35 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

Wot no warts! First impressions, a very competent self portrait that meets the challenge well, presumably within the minimal editing rules.

Thank you for providing the lighting details, the setup is very effective, the focus is nice and sharp with good DOF and the pose is nice and relaxed. The minimal editing rule set is very strict but it does make it a great test of your camera skills, so very well done from that perspective. There are two, presumably deleted image spaces, below 'advanced editing versions' but even without those to view I remain impressed with your original.

There is nothing I can add in respect of your technical setup, it is very well chosen and, as already stated, very effective, well done.

As you say, the sensor dust does unfortunately let it down and cannot be removed within this rule set. I know from my own recent experience with a rushed last minute submission full of sensor dust much worse than yours, just how badly it goes down with the voters here which will fully explain its lower than deserved score. Without the dust your image would undoubtedly have placed much higher, certainly in the top ten, probably even the top five. We have both learned a lesson the hard way, good luck with your future submissions, Sid
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04/13/2015 10:08:49 PM
its really too bad though that this didn't place higher. Maybe next time???
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04/11/2015 06:56:22 AM
Originally posted by Mike:

my eye goes right to the sensor dust. 2
lol that's exactly what I thought!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/09/2015 10:52:49 PM
Captured the attitude well. Nice lighting.
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04/06/2015 02:05:35 PM
Selfies always get an extra point from me. :-)
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04/03/2015 10:00:51 AM
my eye goes right to the sensor dust. 2
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04/03/2015 12:09:06 AM
YTHat's nice work, Jason. Now go clean your danged sensor :-)
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