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Self Portrait with Buddha
Self Portrait with Buddha

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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Nov 29, 2007
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2007

Image of Bayone Temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia taken by me. It is lit with an SB800 with a grid and gobo'd.

I have two composite versions that I like much better; one is from the same photograph but I raised the image so that it is slightly higher than my profile. In the Buddhist faith, it may be considered rude to have my silhouette higher up than the Buddha. And it also just looks better. In the other, I used a temple image that is in-focus with the same silhouette. Either way, the PS techniques are not allowed in this contest.

Place: 194 out of 241
Avg (all users): 4.9475
Avg (commenters): 5.1111
Avg (participants): 4.7273
Avg (non-participants): 5.0924
Views since voting: 695
Views during voting: 451
Votes: 305
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/09/2007 06:51:00 PM
Interesting concept. Needs a little more separation between your silhouette and the background.
12/09/2007 06:35:39 PM
I would've liked to see a little more of your silhouetted profile. Then I might have been able to recognize more facial features. BB
12/09/2007 02:38:30 PM
Think about this, you had your face lid as the Buddha’s face instead of being all covered with shadow. I can visualize it, and probably would give you higher vote. It's not a bad idea, but I think execution need a bit more work. Of course it's me talking. If you like, then it's a good photo.
12/09/2007 10:32:42 AM
Hmmmm, funny, I wrote about Buddha in my previous image, and now I get to see the man himself! How cool is that?

As for this photo, good idea, nice realization.
12/08/2007 12:17:45 PM
very interesting./ 7
12/06/2007 11:32:31 AM
I think your take on the SP is pretty cool. I don't think a lot will agree because they want to see features, but it still is a SP. Nice work.
12/06/2007 09:23:24 AM
Don't like the silhouette... not really a portrait.
12/05/2007 11:02:07 PM
Nice take on the challenge - different. I like it.
12/05/2007 06:09:27 PM
Might be more effective if the placement of your silhouette more closely echoed that of Buddha. I would not have recognized Buddha without the caption.
12/05/2007 08:43:37 AM
good background for this and interesting silhouette. You don't need to hide in the dark though...

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