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Hair Cut
Hair Cut

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Challenge: Black & White (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 1400
Location: Brookline, MA
Date: May 30, 2002
Aperture: f3.6
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/37
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2002

My friend suggested an alternate title should be "Calvin Klein Scissors" since it looked like a CK ad. I really need to stop taking self-portraits. The lighting is from the window, with the blinds pulled halfway up.

Place: 43 out of 153
Avg (all users): 5.8821
Avg (commenters): 6.9000
Avg (participants): 5.9217
Avg (non-participants): 5.8473
Views since voting: 2593
Votes: 246
Comments: 35
Favorites: 20 (view)

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06/10/2002 08:37:00 AM
i think that anyone that doesn't understand the use of negative space should have their camera taken away and be enrolled in a class on basic composition.
06/10/2002 12:23:00 AM
Kimbly...your best effort by far and one of my favorites this week...I gave it a 9.

You could have backed off a bit and got her (your?} elbow in there but thats a nit.

You keep this up and we'll be seeing your photos on the magazines before long :-)

BTW I cut my own hair (what little I have left) and Ted Turner cuts his own hair!!
06/10/2002 12:19:00 AM
And I'm not sure how I did that twice :-P
06/10/2002 12:19:00 AM
It's also a somewhat direct rip-off of Arni's and Gordon's negative space photos last week.
06/10/2002 12:17:00 AM
Oh dudes, it's really not that hard to cut your hair by yourself :)

I do have very tall windows (12 foot ceilings and 11 foot windows), but I was still crouched down a bit. I knew the cut-off elbow thing would get me in trouble. It was centered in the original shot, but I really wanted to use the 427x640 dimension, because it seemed to be more what I had in mind for the shot, probably because it's more the dimension of my windows than 480x640. I also wanted it to be off-center, so I decided to cut off the elbow slightly. Oh, I also flipped it horizontally so I could look like I was left handed. I was going for it to be something that was slightly 'off', to make people think "there's something wrong with that". Obviously, people did, but not quite in the way I had hoped :)

I wanted to go back and do it again with the hair clipping on the other shoulder where it might have shown up better, but I never got that light again last week (stupid rain).
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2002 09:36:00 PM
I think this is very cool. I like the sharp slant of light/shadow and only wish it were a little bit more distinct (the shadow a little darker). It looks like there is some already cut hair on the left shoulder, but I can't quite tell -- I assume that's what it is, but I wish it were a tiny bit more obvious. Still very cool.
06/09/2002 04:41:00 PM
cool framing and almost cool lighting. i would have liked to see the light coming across the wall and her back and hand a little brighter and the background a little darker to add extra drama. *very* good and creative idea though!
06/09/2002 01:20:00 PM
I like the abstract framing, and the lighting, I would play with the tonal range a litle more thought, and a textured background may have been more interesting. Good use of black and white - 9
06/09/2002 12:01:00 PM
Must be the oddest framing job i've ever seen. I like the verticalness of it all, but cutting off her right elbow doesnt work for me -- I'd like to see her centered at the bottom. The lighting is pretty cool too.
06/08/2002 02:24:00 PM
Like it! A bit more contrast maby? Simular to my 'People' submission ;)
06/07/2002 05:21:00 PM
Very nice shot. I like pictures that tell a story.
06/06/2002 09:20:00 PM
Poor composition.
06/06/2002 04:54:00 PM
The more I look at this photo, the more I like about it :). I'm going to give it 10.
06/06/2002 01:03:00 PM
I saw this on your pbase portfolio, and thought 'she'd better submit that'. Good eye for the light. I wish your right elbow were tucked into the frame. Took a while to see the clippings on your shouldesr, but they'd show on a print.
06/05/2002 03:36:00 PM
I like the light usage in this picture. I keep going back and forth as to all the open space above the subject. But, since I keep thinking about, I have to say that's it's a more engaging photo than I had thought at first glance.
06/05/2002 03:29:00 PM
lot of space up there but like the light, nice shot
06/05/2002 12:45:00 PM
i like the negative space at the top of this image. is that window light? tall windows.
06/05/2002 10:47:00 AM
She must be a professional, because you shouldn't try this at home! :) I wish this had both arms in the shot, and her whole back. good job.
06/05/2002 10:44:00 AM
Only suggestion I have is move to the left a little to get that other elbow in. Most will probably say crop some off the top. That was my first thought, but the more I looked at it.. the more I decided I like it better with it not cropped.
06/04/2002 03:07:00 PM
The picture is interesting but the all blank space at the top doesn't add anything for me.
06/04/2002 02:02:00 PM
this is really great. perfect lighting, great contrasts, and that negative space is scrumptious. this might look neat on a lighter background to introduce a tad more contrast, but you'd lose that amazing light streak and that would be a shame. great work.
06/04/2002 12:54:00 PM
Great shot.
06/04/2002 08:33:00 AM
Great shot. I'm torn between two things tho and don't know which one would be better. I don't like the cut-off arm on the right. But moving more to the center of the photo would make it less appealing, too. I'm not sure what to do. Was it possible to take a landscape shot with you in the bottom right (including both elbows)? Anyway, good picture!
06/03/2002 11:53:00 PM
great photo. others may disagree, but i really like the empty space in the top half of the photo. it has a very dramatic effect for some reason.
06/03/2002 10:59:00 PM
Simplicity of subject matter makes it effective
06/03/2002 10:28:00 PM
nice contrast, and creative
06/03/2002 09:04:00 PM
A touch too much empty space at the top and I wish the right elbow hadn't been cut off, though I think I can understand why you did. Very effective lighting.
06/03/2002 08:23:00 PM
I would have liked it cropped a little closer. The large empty space at the top distracts from the picture.
06/03/2002 06:28:00 PM
Great lighting for this shot. I think there is just a bit too much dead space at the top. Maybe just 25% less. I really like this though, don't get me wrong.
06/03/2002 05:10:00 PM
Creative work. Neat b&w. Good job.
06/03/2002 03:42:00 PM
Never let someone do that by themselves. Even if you my get a good photo out of it. Which you happen to have done.
06/03/2002 02:51:00 PM
Why would someone heamostat their hair?
06/03/2002 09:09:00 AM
I love the composition of this shot :)
06/03/2002 07:55:00 AM
I LOVE this composition. GREAT idea.
perfect 10!
06/03/2002 06:37:00 AM
This is a nicely executed photo but I don't particularly like the framing... I think there is too much empty space at the top to suit my taste...

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