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Ink For Life
Ink For Life

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Challenge: Self-Portrait Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Aperture: F/2.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2003

Took this photo in my bedroom with my tripod set up on my desk. Put a dark blue blanket on the floor draped up over my bed and had a 100w desk lamp faced to the side of me. Used my remote to trigger the shot. Lots of post adjustments in PS7 to achieve desired darkness. I really enjoy my tattoos. Theres four tattoos you can see and six more that you can't see in this photo. Hope you enjoy.

Place: 21 out of 222
Avg (all users): 6.2990
Avg (commenters): 8.0385
Avg (participants): 6.5328
Avg (non-participants): 6.0909
Views since voting: 2212
Votes: 291
Comments: 28
Favorites: 5 (view)

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06/26/2003 09:09:13 AM
*Critique Club*
Wow. Amazing that I get this image, when just 2 minutes ago I added it to my shopping cart at DPCPrints. Can't buy it though cause I don't have a credit card though, so I have to pick out a bunch of images then I can send it a money order. Anyway, this is the first shot I've ever added to my cart to buy.
About the shot. I really like it. It's got personality and attitude.
The angle and framing/cropping are perfect. I really like the closeness of the cropping, and you have cropped in all the right places. Usually cropped hands, feet, knees bothers me, but here you have cropped your knee and hand, but I like it this way. I think it works because you have 'cropped' in a way other parts of the shot with the lighting.
I just love the mood of this shot.
Black and white really works here because not only do you have white on black, but you also have black on white. The tattoos really add to this shot for me.
Overall it's really appealing. Not just cause you're a good looking guy, but the personality, lighting, and focus and clarity are all really great.
And you work at a pet store like me, so maybe I'm just partial. lol They're making me shift manager on the 5th..woohoo.
Great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2003 06:12:19 PM
Cool shot, looks like your emerging from the darkness. I think the crop at the bottom is a little too tight, maybe just a little more space needed there. Nice work.
06/24/2003 03:26:48 PM
Good one! 10pt
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06/23/2003 10:41:31 PM
Grrrrr! Nice pic ;-)

oh yeah... the composition & lighting is nice too!
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06/22/2003 07:56:25 PM
reminds me of the lead singer of sugar ray, mark mcgrath. Cool tattoos, and good lighting too, I like how you fill the frame.
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06/21/2003 07:44:37 PM
I like how your body art adds to the light and dark tones in this image.
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06/20/2003 10:26:55 PM
Good job of the lighting to emphasize the tattoos. Very good.
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06/20/2003 05:56:42 AM
Excellent lighting, nice pose. Cropping doesn't work well for me.
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06/20/2003 03:43:16 AM
since you reference your ink inthe pic, I'd like to see it more highlighted. especially the one on the right...I keep wondering what it is. nice shot in any case.
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06/19/2003 04:03:08 PM
Love it! The best in the challenge, IMO. 10
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06/19/2003 03:03:53 PM
INtense, well lit photo. NIce work and use of light and shadow to bring depth to you.
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06/19/2003 02:58:50 PM
i saw this image in photoblink (correct if im wrong)..nice composition...we've got almost the same concept...maybe you're receiving a lots of mixed reactions...one more thing i like here is your lighting...but im more bolder (he,he,he,he) excellent shot....heres my 10 dudes!
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06/19/2003 02:18:07 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :-)
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06/19/2003 01:03:56 PM
The lighting is gorgeous...the choice of frame along with the dark negative space on top well planned. Only comment I have (and this may sound weird) is that I would have liked it better if the part between the chest and the crotch area was in shadows. The bellybutton gets all the attention when I look at it, when the face and hand position should.
I gave you an 8.
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06/19/2003 06:32:22 AM
Great lighting. Good negative space at the top, 9
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06/18/2003 09:08:11 PM
Hey man,
Ink for life. I guess that means the Tatoos. I think you have four of them visiable here. i like how they are on't partially visable, leaving more to the imagination. Nice lighting and use of B/W. Good composition. Nice
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06/18/2003 07:49:14 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? Very much so. Lots of character in eyes.

artistic/creativity? Good use of shadows and pose is good.


Overall?Good image.
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06/18/2003 06:24:48 PM
The tats make this look cool. I would get rid of the border though, it distracts from the image. better all balck in my humble opinion.
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06/18/2003 04:43:59 PM
beautifuly done
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06/18/2003 03:13:47 PM
The mood, the lighting... love this shot
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06/18/2003 02:12:42 PM
Excellent dramatic lighting and I like your use of negative space here. I just think your pose does not show off your tatoos, which seems to be the subject of your title. Well done!
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06/18/2003 12:35:29 PM
The pose is interesting, although not a fan of having the knee cropped out. The tonal range of the skin is good, and the shadowed face is interesting, but I think the shadow of the face onto the shoulder seems a little off - had the shadow covered the entire shoulder maybe, but it just seems odd as is. The dark areas do provide a nice broody feel to the image that I like. As the title of the shot is 'Ink for Life' I would have liked to have seen more of the ink, as it is the tats on the shoulders are half obscured by shadow and are more of an addition than the main focus, which the title kinda suggests.
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06/18/2003 12:19:06 PM
Love the tat's!! great pose, great light.
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06/18/2003 11:43:42 AM
Great photograph, I can appreciate it :):) Honestly now, I think there's one minor flaw which bugs me about it. I love the lighting, I love the skin tone, it's gorgeous, but it bugs me that you cut out your left hand. It makes me wonder what it's doing.. lovely.
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06/18/2003 11:13:01 AM
nice idea.. but it would be fine to have some grain to add some "drama"..
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06/18/2003 06:40:09 AM
wonderful lighting...very nice portrait. love the tats!
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06/18/2003 04:23:20 AM
Very good indeed. Nice contrast and incredible sharpness (8)
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06/18/2003 12:46:50 AM
The lighting on this one is so perfect. Great shot, and great lookin' model. : )
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