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VERY Shy About Self-Portraits
SandyP


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Challenge: Self-Portrait III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Who-Cares Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: My house
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2005

Ok. This was by far the most challenging challenge I've ever entered. . .because I hate pictures of myself!! But I have been unusually busy lately, and hadn't entered a challenge in a long time, so even before I knew what this week's challenge was, I determined that I was going to jump back in and enter. When I saw what it was, I went, "Ugh!" I almost changed my mind 100 times (remove submission. .submit. ..remove submission, submit, etc.) It's a very vulnerable challenge to get really low scores. I tried those popular, moody, "model look" kind of poses, but ppppppppppffff. . .that's just not me! I'm just a happy with life, down-to-earth person. And I know that I'm past the age where I can get my self worth from my face!!! Well. . .if nothing else, it's another opportunity for "skin thickening" skills, right?

Statistics
Place: 227 out of 247
Avg (all users): 4.4317
Avg (commenters): 4.4091
Avg (participants): 4.3401
Avg (non-participants): 4.5119
Views since voting: 1759
Views during voting: 562
Votes: 315
Comments: 28
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07/13/2019 10:30:28 PM
What they didn’t post were smiley faces
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07/13/2019 10:29:01 PM
Sandy,
Well my first comment in a Long Time. I read all the comments below.
We both know you are a better photographer than I am but I still wanted to comment, perhaps it will help. My mom just did all kinds of things for people over the years ( yes this is related), so much that she was given the honor of being a Ky Colonel.....
BUT she was absolutely convinced she didn’t photograph well...so you had to catch her off guard or she MADE her photograph bad. Relax and shoot this beautiful woman like you do the others.
A couple things, having “known” you a few years I know 1.you take great photographs. 2. You are a sweetie!
So if you just relax, stop acting like my mom...😎😎....you will sharpen up this shoot and catch the other points as well.
I will always be a fan, let that Sweet Sandy some of us know come through.
Having said all that, I was drawn to this photo because I know that sweet woman and her great photography, and her smile! TY for putting yourself out there.
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06/03/2010 10:57:06 PM
Oh my WORD! You're beautiful even BLURRY! Wow.

This is really an awful photo, Sandy. LOL! But, a beautiful model.

Just LOOK how far you've come in your photography! And still the same, beautiful person... if not even better.

You're so pretty... every way I look at you. :)
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05/22/2008 03:07:13 AM
well after jason spoke about your earlier challenges i came to have a squiz .. i just had to open this one .. you are so beautiful sandy .. i can see where your son got his looks from .. i wont go on .. but thought i'd just make a comment rather than just thinking it .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2005 10:29:37 PM
turn your shoulders 45 degrees to the camera, so your shoulder isn't blocking your chin. Also seems to be a tad out of focus. Normally with portraits you want the focus sharp on the eyes.
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02/20/2005 10:13:47 PM
out of focus, and there is some color missing from the top of the photograph. you have a beautiful smile, but next time try to focus on other things of your personality and add things (like flowers, or show off your jewelery more) and find a way to make colors pop. adding the boarder was a good idea.
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02/20/2005 09:30:50 PM
You look plastic. I dosnt seem like you are always like that. It is a little blurry.
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02/20/2005 03:37:34 PM
Very friendly smile and beautiful eyes. A tad more shatpness would have helped but the contagious smile tells me to bump it up another notch.
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02/20/2005 11:18:01 AM
2 things that you could change to help: focus, remove the flash reflection off the earring.
Otherwise, a decent pose.
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02/19/2005 06:08:20 PM
You like like you had fun taking this. I just wish the focus was a little sharper .
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02/19/2005 05:21:16 PM
Returning for comment. Love the pose and the smile, one major technical issue: for this type of shot, your face is out of focus slightly--looks like autofocus got your shoulder, and the DOF was just too small to get your face. Other minor issues are the light/flash glare on the earing, and possibly a small color balanace issue -- maybe from having different types of light sources (for example, the tones on your forehead are very different than the tones on your face.)

But getting back to the pose and smile, this is a very happy photo. A portrait tells us about someone: I suspect you are a very "happy" person in general, or at least that's what shows through here. So that part of this shot is a real winner. Bumping up on second review.
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02/18/2005 12:01:21 PM
uummmm......"the moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on".......& all that jazz....Go girl!
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02/18/2005 05:19:12 AM
me too, but you did better, good work
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02/18/2005 03:41:59 AM
oh you shouldnt be! you got a pretty smile, I know its hard to get a good focus in self portraits, but try to get the focus on the eyes , the portraits get so much more personal if the eyes are clear and sharp :)
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02/17/2005 04:42:32 PM
lacks focus.... nice comp.
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02/15/2005 10:33:29 PM
:-) Me too! Wish this was a little more in focus.
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02/15/2005 07:32:59 PM
Returning for comment. Good pose and composition. Focus seems a bit soft, which isn't necessarily bad but doesn't work as well here as you might have intended. The highlight on the earring is a bit distracting as well. Overall, a great capture of facial expression. Good luck in the challenge.
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02/15/2005 11:10:10 AM
A bit outta focus darlin.
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02/14/2005 11:06:46 PM
Just a bit more focus. I know, hard to do considering the challenge. NIce smile.
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02/14/2005 09:18:19 PM
Looks a little soft
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02/14/2005 08:58:10 PM
Well that's not a shy smile. Like the direct head on pose. A bit soft focus, maybe from a lack of remote shutter release (as was my problem). Good luck on this extroverted shot...
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02/14/2005 04:22:11 PM
A little soft focused.
02/14/2005 03:28:37 PM
mmm... you have very pretty eyes, but the over-wide forced grin draws attention from them. remember you don't always have to smile :)
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02/14/2005 10:33:42 AM
Beautiful eyes, and the hair is nicely arranged. You have a bright, wide smile, but I think you weren't relaxed enough in this one - it feels a bit forced. The pose in general is flattering though, so you chose well. It looks like you may have not had the camera on a steady mount, or possibly the focus wasn't set quite right as this image is very soft; it seems that texture is nearly lost in some of the shirt. You might try this shot with sidelighting from a hardware store work light - nothing fancy. Just something to bring out your features more. It may also work well from behind by illuminating your har to create contrast from the background.
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02/14/2005 01:05:28 AM
But WHY?? It's very nice.
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02/14/2005 12:47:12 AM
seems a bit OOF
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02/14/2005 12:22:43 AM
A bit out of focus
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02/14/2005 12:16:12 AM
your photo is a bit out of focus but its very hard to get good focus in self portraits.
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