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Half (Grief for My Father)
Half (Grief for My Father)
Tiberius


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Challenge: Self-Portrait III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge 2005
Camera: Canon PowerShot A70
Location: Shantou, my living room
Date: Feb 12, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2005

The picture wants to be an improvement of my "Half" entry for Self-Portrait Revisited which was my forth challenge and got me 5.9 score (place 47). A score I was very proud of! It was a WOW! for me and I it was my top photo for more than one year (even after I upgraded my camera). Jacko suggested "you know what would rock?: black background to your left. Great shot. 9" Very encouraging for me.
Might sound a little pathetic that I named it Grief for My Father, but I don't realy care.
My Dad, who passed away last year, did like my other "Half" picture quite a lot. He used to be an artist and his encouragements meant a lot for me. So, I decided to reshot this one for him.
God rest him in peace.
I let you people judge if there is any improvement or not.
Here's the other Half

Post proccesing: PS6

saved as PSD, rotate, crop, change to BW through channel mixer : red +62/ green +30/ blue 32, select the bright areas and create a layer to brighten up the white part of the backgound, adjust contrast +20, minor clone tool corrections, dodge a little around the eye (brush highlights, exposure 6), resize, crop to 640X480, USM amount 80 radius 0.4, save as jpg, submit
Then write this long blablabla...
It's the first time a write it. Shot in my living room. The background is a piece of black cloth with a sheet of white paper attached on it. For lights I used a 500W halogen lamp.
Manual Mode, Exposure: 1/80, Aperture: 2.8, Manual focus, Tripod, Selftimer
Man I had a look at the other one and I see more wrinkles and I lost some wheight...

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 247
Avg (all users): 6.7640
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.7039
Avg (non-participants): 6.8176
Views since voting: 5816
Views during voting: 546
Votes: 322
Comments: 49
Favorites: 18 (view)


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09/13/2010 03:55:36 AM
This is awesome.
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11/29/2006 09:31:12 AM
very cool pic deserves to be a top 10 but it should have placed higher :-)
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08/16/2006 11:43:13 AM
Love this Shot just amazing.... i like stories behind pictures.... i have some of those but have not posted the stories on them ...... But i love the Opposite feeling Black on white. Great idea! Very well done shot!
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06/09/2006 11:28:20 AM
VERY cool photo ... Very unique. I saw many backgrounds like that but usually with glasses, bottles, or other objects at front of it... This is very nice idea :)
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12/04/2005 11:18:36 PM
yes wonderful picture tiberius and poem DianaB great job!!!!
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12/04/2005 10:45:02 AM
I want to thank DianaB for this beautiful words. They do belong here.
Thank you Diana.

Half (grief for my father)

by Diana B

Deep in the recess of my mind,
there, images of you unwind
releasing strands of memory,
of spoken words, and times when we
experienced, as one, that bond
of love transfixing the fondness
between us. A father and son,
now divided – eclipsed upon -
you’re hid, yet still seen in the light
radiating from me despite
the shadow which speaks of my loss
and marks a space we cannot cross.

Sometimes I feel like half of me
is torn away, but then I see
some part of ‘you’ which makes me whole.
One man, complete within my soul.
You will remain with me and, though
no longer may we touch, you know
my prayer will cut the veils which keep
apart our world and we will meet
unseen within a special place
(where dark nor light exists), by grace
of god, touching hand to hand
across the void – embraced we’ll stand.

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09/23/2005 08:57:56 PM
Absolute lesson in photography, true art. And I understand the title, more than most would ever realize.
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09/23/2005 03:16:11 PM
An awesome shot, and a very touching story. This photo is a simple, yet strong and bold composition, but in the eyes and with the hand placement, you feel the emotions invoked within yourself. I'm sure your father is very proud. Beautiful photo.
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03/23/2005 01:18:05 AM
Admittedly, I was more then a little intrigued by your title as it relates to grief for your father. Your picture evokes quite a bit of emotion… pain and sorrow still. The gesture of your hands placed over your nose and mouth implies an effort to stop or hide. Its ok, our father's have always played such an important part in our lives, and they will continue to do so long after their pasting.

I find that one of the most genuine and fascinating aspects of photography to be that a single picture (i.e. glimpse of a moment in time) has the ability to evoke such emotion, be it joy or sorrow, and that is truly exceptional. I believe that as we capture these moments we measure their success based on many factors… of these the most powerful are splendor & emotion. That sir you have achieved with your self-portrait revisited.

Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your travels in this journey called life.

Best regards,

C.J.Gilreath

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02/27/2005 01:55:53 PM
This is really an intense portrait, good work!
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02/27/2005 10:47:47 AM
not cheesy at all. i too lost my father who was very supportive to my artistic self, i always think of him and almost feel hes with me encouraging my artistic side. great picture.
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02/21/2005 07:15:36 AM
Felicitari pentru locul 10! Congratulations, excellent b/w work. Great way to end a camera. And one more time, sorry for your father.
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02/21/2005 02:57:06 AM
Originally posted by tazza:

Congrats on top 10 finish, brillant pic, the black and white background indeed rocks! Hope your camera gets fixed soon

Thanks a lot!
And thanks to remember my camera is broken! It is at the shop. Fortunately in 3-4 days I have it back.
02/21/2005 02:47:51 AM
Congrats on top 10 finish, brillant pic, the black and white background indeed rocks! Hope your camera gets fixed soon
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02/21/2005 12:33:46 AM
An ultra b/w study. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2005 03:19:05 PM
WOW, excellent use of light in this photo! High Marks here...
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02/20/2005 12:30:53 PM
Very well done! I hope this picture does well.
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02/20/2005 11:25:38 AM
awesome image. 10
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02/20/2005 06:03:47 AM
I would have liked this better without the split background. Still, a very emotive portrait.
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02/20/2005 01:07:43 AM
Love the play with shadows and light. Excellent!
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02/19/2005 06:32:47 PM
sorry for your loss ...striking portrait well done very ying yang ...well lit
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02/19/2005 03:31:15 PM
i would normally say that it is overexposed but I get it, so i won't :)
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02/18/2005 02:41:53 PM
This is just excellent. I solid 10 from me.
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02/17/2005 11:18:40 PM
Great concept and lighting. One of my top picks. Mag? 9
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02/17/2005 08:41:48 PM
I'm a big fan of lateral lighting and I think you have used it to good effect here, especially with the black and white background. I would have liked to see some sparkle via a cartchlight in your visible eye, but this looks great anyway.
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02/17/2005 05:56:12 PM
Very nice work.
I love the lighting and the contrast. Great portrait!
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02/17/2005 12:03:34 PM
Good lighting and execution and sue of background, well done
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02/16/2005 11:00:30 PM
This is a very moving portrait.
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02/16/2005 09:31:42 PM
Nice shot,
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02/16/2005 09:07:14 PM
I am very impressed with the emotion and originality of your portrait. good job.
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02/16/2005 07:55:42 PM
Great compostion, fantastic lighting. At second look, bumping up.
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02/16/2005 07:39:37 PM
very effective shot. this is a great example of how overexposure can be appropriate.
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02/16/2005 04:54:31 PM
Wonderful shot
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02/16/2005 03:12:47 PM
A great b/w study with an inner message that may evade the casual viewer. The dark and light background is inversed in the face which rings of the ying-yang and all things where polarity plays the sum result of the living experience both physically and spiritually. Even the hand placement adds tension and the entire image comes to a well balanced conclusion. Bumping up.
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02/15/2005 11:50:44 PM
Edgy, balanced, schismatical. A most intriguing study of the dichotomy of self.
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02/15/2005 11:07:14 PM
I'm a big fan of this pic. i saw the thumb and it didn't do much for me, but now that i see the full version i really like it. a little hot in some places, but that's a minor complaint.

well done.
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02/15/2005 08:20:08 PM
awesome. i love this..beautiful stark lighting and shadows.

the only little thing that would make it even better for me, is if later you blurred the line at the top...to go with flow of the lighting on the rest of you. 10
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02/15/2005 02:26:38 PM
this is a nice take on the wine glasses. white on black, black on white. really great portrait.
bumping
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02/15/2005 02:22:35 PM
Great Concept. I would like to see some detail in the face on the dark side though,
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02/15/2005 01:52:23 PM
Excellent execution of this. Great black and white. Well done. 9
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02/15/2005 01:11:58 PM
Good lighting. Sorry about your dad. 7
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02/14/2005 11:02:48 PM
First of all, my condolances about your father. Your shot perfectly ties into your title. Very creative, and well executed. I hope to see your shot do well in the challenge. 10 from me!
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02/14/2005 07:06:47 PM
one of my favourites,great pic
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02/14/2005 01:43:35 PM
Great picture. I would have liked it better if you could have eliminated some of the shadow around the eye on the "light" side.
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02/14/2005 07:27:53 AM
good.. the effect does look very manipulated in the computer tho'
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02/14/2005 04:51:19 AM
Very intense! Effective shot. (And I recognise you even if you do take it out of your profile Tiberius :)
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02/14/2005 03:34:33 AM
??
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02/14/2005 01:25:58 AM
I would like to know the story behind the title.
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02/14/2005 12:06:12 AM
Is that Prince?
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