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Self: In Mapplesque
Self: In Mapplesque

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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Dec 2, 2007
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 60th sec.
Galleries: Black and White, Nude
Date Uploaded: Dec 3, 2007

Camera Nikon D70
F 5.6 1/60th sec
Lens Nikon 50 mm

Lighting: One mono light to the right of the photographer, approx 4 ft away, and just slightly infront of the model.
10 inch reflector with a medium grid attachment.

This image is about contrast. From black to white, from femininity to masculinity, being placed on a pedestal yet being in the dark. Looking into the light but leaning into darkness. from homosexuality to heterosexuality. Boldness to softness. I tried to make this image have meaning, more then just a picture to look at.

Place: 168 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.1954
Avg (commenters): 5.7059
Avg (participants): 5.1130
Avg (non-participants): 5.2448
Views since voting: 4817
Views during voting: 580
Votes: 307
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/09/2007 02:48:29 PM
You know, this photo technically very good, and I like b&w photos, it's difficult to give low point. Made me laugh, which is good, you have done good job with shadows and composition. I can say excellent job. Very nice photo overall :)
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12/09/2007 02:47:00 PM
There really isn't anything here that particularly reads "Mapplethorpian" to me--I mean, the kitschy leather boots can only "read" so far--and they, and the nudity are the Mapplesque signifiers here. In essence, you're piggybacking on someone else's reputation, using it to do most of the work for you.

The lighting doesn't really work here for me at all. My eye keeps being pulled to the strange triangulation of shadow on the chest, rather than to the portrait as a whole. Mapplethorpe's lighting is far more, hmm, I guess the best word would be precise (in fact, I find that the lighting is often the most interesting thing about Mapplethorpe's portraits). And the pose seems strangely demure for a portrait proclaiming to be "In Mappleseque."
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/09/2007 09:35:10 AM
I think that we are all entitled to our own personal taste but in my personal opinion this just isn't my style. Good luck with you're entry.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2007 04:09:30 PM
12/07/2007 09:14:57 AM
Im not sure what to think about this one.
12/07/2007 03:38:04 AM
I wonder if this would have looked better had you used the floor to sit rather than the chair?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2007 01:35:05 AM
Quite intriguing! I very much like the light and shadows. I'm on the fence about the boots... :-) The more I look at this, the better I like it, too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2007 12:34:04 AM
Cool boots!
12/06/2007 11:56:03 AM
hmmm...not sure what to say about that pose, but your lighting is kick ass. Nice job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/06/2007 09:42:52 AM
oh my. Odd (uneven) lighting and not wild about the crop.
12/06/2007 09:15:30 AM
are u serious? rediculously funny!
12/06/2007 07:02:29 AM
hehehe, this just cracks me up! Your very brave! : )
12/06/2007 06:13:37 AM
12/06/2007 12:52:05 AM
WOW! Good? Bad? Different? Yeah, different! They said "be creative", and you were. BB
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2007 06:15:45 AM
i love your pose and i love the lighting...the only thing is that i find the boots a little disterbing...i never seen a man in knee lenth boots b4.but your very brave to try something different..well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2007 06:11:07 AM
a reasonable homage to mapplethorpe, with a good, if very uncomfortable looking, pose. i wish the quality of light was better - darker or lighter, i wouldn't mind, but even rather than the hotspot on your thigh.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2007 12:13:48 AM

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