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Challenge: Self-Portrait Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY (home)
Date: Jun 17, 2003
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4"
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2003

This is a remake of a shot I made during the triptych challenge. I wish I could have entered a different shot, or I had taken more time on this - but here's me, coming from within myself. Often I guess I feel like two totally different people and this is the result. Am I quiet? Or in your face? Depends.

Shot flash, turned on red light, 4" shutter, moved slowly, opened eyes. That's all. Any questions, message me.

Place: 60 out of 222
Avg (all users): 5.7742
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8088
Avg (non-participants): 5.7413
Views since voting: 1198
Votes: 279
Comments: 20
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/25/2003 12:35:44 PM
Lots of people asked for directions on how to do my self portrait:

I set up my cam on a tripod within arms reach. Then I put a red light bulb in my desk lamp. I put the lamp almost in my lap and the cam right behind it.

Set the cam to manual: 4 seconds, f7.1 aperture, 100 ISO, then I

1. Set the timer. Popped up the flash.
2. Half pushed the button to focus with the red light on.
3. Turned the red light off.
4. Pushed the button.
5. As soon as it flashed, I turned the red light on with my left hand and moved slightly to the left with my eyes closed, then opened them. (for the last 3.8 seconds or so)

That's pretty much it. The original with exif is //www.pbase.com/image/18252879&exif=Y\
06/25/2003 04:30:35 AM
Hey. This was an awesome effect. I'd love to know how you managed to capture this with our camera. please pm me with precise details if your willing. I thought this was going to do much better. It definetely deserved to do better than mine, which was blurry and gross. I love the concept of the duality of self. Hows yer country farin'?
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06/25/2003 12:28:16 AM
I guess no one DID get this picture. *sigh*

Looking at this reminds me of what Setz wrote in his photographer notes for his self portrait... sometimes its just a damn interesting picture butr its not stock photography. This is a cool technique that you've managed to get a handle on and I like the message this image conveys. Good shot and be proud!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2003 10:37:02 PM
mavrik! your soul is escaping your body!
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06/23/2003 11:01:29 PM
A little spooky. I'd like to know how you did this because I'm new to this kind of special effect.
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06/23/2003 06:24:22 AM
Interesting take, the have been several multiple images in this challenge - this is one of the better ones
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06/23/2003 01:52:29 AM
This is great! The sharpness of the left face and the softness of the right are great counterpoints to each other. Very ghostly and ominous.
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06/22/2003 08:40:54 AM
I really lie how this pic goes with its title. The face on the right really looks like a projection the way the blur radiates out from and become slightly larger than the crisp portrait on the left. It has a nice ghostly quality while remaining clear enough to see details of eyes and mouth etc. Very creative and skillful. 9
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06/21/2003 02:00:15 AM
I'm just wonderinf if you got this idea from the movie "Contact". There's a scene in there where Jodie Foster has the exact same effect. Haunting and ethereal, this is one of the better shots for this challenge. Well done
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06/20/2003 06:26:44 PM
Very cool. I am a big fan of long exposure shots and try them frequently. I assume thats how you did this. Either way I would welcome an e-mail on how it was done. I gave it an 8 Congrats
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06/20/2003 12:56:19 AM
Freakin cool shot. Great job, I love it. 8.
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06/19/2003 05:21:09 PM
Hmm do I know you? lol The shadowing trail is a cool effect. I like how you went for the "all black" look, it just really makes this image work. In a way tis photo reminds me of a movie, like ghost or something, as it does have a ghostly feel, but it works. Well done, and good luck.
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06/19/2003 12:03:46 PM
Well done!
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06/19/2003 02:33:29 AM
I like the message beneath the photo...the idea that the image that you project is different that the real you. The photo has a great sense of flow.
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06/18/2003 09:20:07 PM
You're freakin me out man...nice shot! LOL maybe a good shot for the matrix challenge? I'm gonna have to try this one...
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06/18/2003 08:46:29 PM
w. eerie. Very cool effect. Jacko. 8
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06/18/2003 12:31:23 PM
Cool, and I think I know who this is. : )
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06/18/2003 03:11:43 AM
Very good, I like the ethereal effect. Maybe slightly too much cropping to lose the top of the head though?
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06/18/2003 01:25:31 AM
Nice movement that actually enhances the shot! Clear and engaging! Super! 10
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06/18/2003 12:42:32 AM
Great effect!
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