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Viva Portugal
Viva Portugal
JawnyRico


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: 2007 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Mogadore, Ohio
Date: Nov 30, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2007

I am the PORTUGUESE MAN OF WAR!! Minus the jelly fish thing. :P I saw this same shot done with a little boy a while back and always wanted to try it. This gave me a perfect time to. I wanted to do this for the complementary colors challenge but didn't have the time. All the facepaint and makeup is done by my wife. Thank goodness for her or I wouldn't have a hobby. After the 2 hours of painting we went to the basement where my setup was. I had her sit down on the chair and lit her face with one spotlight that was covered with wax paper. Adjusted the aperature and shutter speed and all settings. Then went over and sat down, while she hit the shutter for me. At first there was a bit of a glare off the face paint, so she powdered me. She was having a blast putting lipstick and powder on me. So I am glad she had fun. After about 5 shots, I saw the one I liked and we put it on the computer.

I really love family traditions and their heritages. I feel privledged to have such a loving family and such a history behind the 'Matos' name. We are a very passionate and loving family and I am extremely happy to carry on the name.

As for a little piece of knowlege about the Portuguese flag, The Portuguese flag displays three important symbols: the colors of the field, the armillary sphere and the national shield (these two make up the coat of arms).

Adjustments:
Shot in Raw
Converted to Jpeg
USM, Dodge and Burn, Heal Around the Eyes
Crop, New Layer Via Copy, Run Neat Image, Layer Mask, and brought back sharpness of eyes, and symbol. Repeated last step. Sharpened, Selective Color on Reds, Save for Web

Statistics
Place: 71 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.0498
Avg (commenters): 7.4231
Avg (participants): 5.8947
Avg (non-participants): 6.1353
Views since voting: 1485
Views during voting: 531
Votes: 321
Comments: 30
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/12/2007 10:37:31 PM
Overall, great work. I thought this would do better, but very well done :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 10:49:57 PM
Viva!
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12/11/2007 10:10:23 PM
This is a very striking photo. Love the colors and your eyes really grab my attention.
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12/11/2007 12:58:42 PM
I think you should have smiled..afterall, Viva Portugal!!
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12/10/2007 06:23:28 AM
9 - Good self portrait. Shows off your eyes well. Wish the emblem was a little less dominant, but obviously a personal element. Good crop and composition. Up to 9 from 8.
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12/10/2007 01:31:09 AM
Nice rule of the thirds and I really like the tight crop here. Nice job. BB
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12/09/2007 11:52:06 PM
Wham! This one has impact!
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12/09/2007 07:27:49 PM
My ex-wife from there, so I am giving you 1...

Then again, let’s talk about the photo, not the country. I think preparation is excellent. The positioning on the frame is very good. Sharp and nice photo with good message. Overall good photo :)
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12/09/2007 10:02:53 AM
Nice concept. Very creative.
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12/09/2007 09:39:25 AM
Awesome face paint, I love how everything stands out, the straight on angle doesnt do it for me unfortunatly.
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12/09/2007 03:28:30 AM
If I saw the face of Jose Saramago I'd think Viva Portugal!, not that Portugal has anything to do with it, but just for the hell of it. Now, If I think that, I'd also shout, and when I shout I definitely don't look so calm.
I don't care about that guy that plays for Manchester Un., but it seems that you're a good fan.
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12/07/2007 08:08:49 PM
Amen. I miss portugal. Hopefully next christmas I would be able to make a visit there.
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12/07/2007 12:50:52 PM
I like this very orginal. You have very nice eyes great focus on them.
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12/06/2007 07:56:16 PM
Nice!! I like the fact you painted the flag on your face good job on that!

Muito bem, boa sorte e VIVA PORTUGAL!!!!
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12/06/2007 06:35:31 PM
Well lit, well taken, and well thought of. High score from me. Good luck!
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12/06/2007 12:44:17 PM
kinda a cool idea. I like the off centered idea
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12/06/2007 09:53:09 AM
Excellent.
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12/05/2007 11:07:56 PM
:)
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12/05/2007 10:58:58 PM
Nice artwork, and a very good, creative SP!
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12/05/2007 10:18:07 PM
I like it, it expresses who you are.
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12/05/2007 09:03:13 PM
LOL. I had a similar idea for this challenge, but my title was Viva Italia. I like the fade to darkness on the left and the eyes look great.
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12/05/2007 05:45:24 PM
Cool
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12/05/2007 04:41:10 PM
Great colors! I like how the green part fades into the background. Very nice detail in your eyes too.
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12/05/2007 03:41:26 PM
Viva Sunscreen! :P
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12/05/2007 02:59:45 PM
Nice shot.
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12/05/2007 10:52:16 AM
A lot of work done here, looks great. Wish you hadn't cropped the chin, but love the eyes.
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12/05/2007 10:37:29 AM
Great SP (of course it helps having a flag with complimentary colours lol). Superb shot and I love the way you have set up the lighting so that the green of the flag bleeds into blackness whilst keeping the symbol so clear and bright. This looks like it should have been a poster advertisng the European Championships in Portugal
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12/05/2007 07:08:38 AM
Technically well done but no charater
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12/05/2007 05:30:46 AM
Sure, and lets hope Jose gets the Newcastle Job !ps you look like John Travolta
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12/05/2007 01:31:08 AM
I love this! very patriotic and great colors
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