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In The Year 2003
In The Year 2003

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Challenge: Self-Portrait Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Home
Date: Jun 12, 2003
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2003

I took this using the bathroom mirror. I was able to see the LCD to frame. Did some agressive noise removal and created a custom tri-tone.

Place: 130 out of 222
Avg (all users): 5.1538
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.1181
Avg (non-participants): 5.1880
Views since voting: 751
Votes: 260
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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06/30/2003 11:25:40 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
By Inspzil

Sorry Tarbini, you get stuck with me again.

Composition - This totally reminds me of some propaganda ad (made up of course) by some extremist group who thinks the internet is the governments way of watching us. This is the eye of "big brother". It doesn't really do a lot for me in terms of visual impact or have any real highly emotive factors either. It looks like a bespeckled eye. Its pretty centered which isn't bad. I'm not sure adjusting the framing wouldn't help add a more mysterious tone to this photo or not. Just thinking "out loud" so to speak. It's hard to tell what you were going for here exactly, if there is anything you were specifically trying to do.

Technical - A little soft, but not unbearable. How about "tolerably soft"? People on the whole are not really meant to be super crisp all the time. Most of my shots I soften up with autofx dreamy photo or whatever that free plugin is called. This is no exception, even as a macro. The lighting is great, especially with no glares. Amazing. But judging by the shutter speed and aperture, you were probably working with existing light. Whatever you did to reduce the noise, it worked great. As for the border, in this kind of shot its warranted. It might be a little thick for my tastes, but I think you made the right choice.

Overall - Not a bad shot, but one that lacks something extra to grab the voters. This really isn't enough to make them even real curious. Executed pretty well but now wow'ing the average voters. You do nice work Tarbini, but this wasn't one of your greatest. There's always next time. I think a change in the lighting would've been the best thing to try to improve this. Its kind of flat (I just thought of this if you are wondering why its dead last). Good Luck with your future submissions. - Bob
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2003 07:39:36 PM
If the corner where the side part met the frame was in focus, I'd like this a lot better.
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06/21/2003 12:27:25 AM
For an eye shot, I've always felt that you need to get the focus perfectly sharp. This just appears a bit too soft for my likings
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06/19/2003 02:58:19 PM
INtense close up that works well for me. THe glasses provide another frame for the eye, and your focus and detail are marvelous!
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06/19/2003 08:04:56 AM
No glare on the glasses! Good for you!
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06/18/2003 07:01:19 PM
I think a portrait should reveal some character, or emotion of the model, by showing expression in eyes or other facial features. Did your picture accomplish that? Even though you chose to only show a portion of your face, you did choose the most expressive.

artistic/creativity? slight


Overall? Good macro of your eye, but would prefer to see more.
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06/18/2003 01:37:42 AM
I LOVE this shot because you kept your glasses on. It makes you 10 times more interesting. In addition I like the border, and it is so technically clean that I just want to keep looking. Very cool that you're not looking into the camera. How did you reduce the glare?
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