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Being There
Being There

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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Dec 1, 2007
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 0.3 sec
Galleries: Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 3, 2007

I've got this giant window at the front of my appartment that's really good at providing soft light. This was taken during a snow fall so the light was even softer than normal. The background is some old drapes a friend of mine was throwing out.
I'm fairly happy with the pose. I'm not sure what made me pick it other than I was just trying different poses, from sitting in a chair to a stool to just squatting, and I found it appealing and very natural.
Despite the great light, I still managed to mess it up. My left hand is blown out a bit and looks funny. My shirt, although tan, ended up super bright. I darkened it up some in photoshop.
Post processing was minimal. Mostly darkening the shirt and trying to get the hands to look natural.
Overall, I like it. I don't find I look great in photos but I'm happy with this one. I predict high 5 or low 6s. Anyway, it's been a long time since I last submitted and it's nice to be back.
The title is a reference to the Peter Sellers movie of the same name. Being There is a state of mind, a way of living, and the only way to get thing done. I guess I was just in that kind of mood.

Place: 99 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.8350
Avg (commenters): 6.7857
Avg (participants): 5.5664
Avg (non-participants): 5.9947
Views since voting: 777
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 303
Comments: 16
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/10/2007 04:26:08 PM
Whoa, sweet goatee
12/10/2007 02:08:08 AM
You should've lowered the camera POV just a bit so you wouldn't cut off your foot. Nice 'behind the scenes' pose. BB
12/09/2007 07:54:31 PM
Excellent. I love the posing, with your beard, this is one for the magazines :) no joke. Very good technically. Very good job :)
12/09/2007 10:37:35 AM
Cool guy, interesting. Nice pose, I'm not sure you're allowed to cut your feet. It reminds me of some photos from when people went to the West when it was wild.
12/07/2007 07:59:08 PM
Helluva beard, dude! One of the few in DPC longer than mine I think...
12/06/2007 09:32:12 AM
Thank you Peter Sellers... :)
12/05/2007 09:52:28 PM
good light.
12/05/2007 04:55:14 PM
Great lighting and pose. Very nicely done SP.
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12/05/2007 03:52:01 PM
That is one superb beard :-) IMO slightly strange pose, good lighting. It works well with a tighter crop just below the pocket.
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12/05/2007 03:49:20 PM
Oh snap, that is sharp! If it were cropped to a bust portrait, I would swear it was a portrait of Rasputin or something from the early 1900's. Well done!!
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12/05/2007 03:14:40 PM
You look very in tune with something.
12/05/2007 02:11:56 PM
Cool beard!
12/05/2007 12:46:34 PM
Very nice. This is excellently crisp and sharp, and the lighting is just downright wonderful :)
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12/05/2007 06:58:13 AM
Damn...that's the kinda beard I wish I could grow. Mine stops after a while. Nice shot
12/05/2007 05:43:14 AM
Lenin would be proud of this picture.
12/05/2007 03:01:35 AM
i like this photo, but i think it would work better if it was only the top half of you, from the knee up. could look like an old portrait you would see on a wall over a fire-place.
very capturing stare.
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