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The Dark Side
The Dark Side
jackal9


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Pentax A 50mm f/1.7 MF
Location: Living Room
Date: Dec 4, 2007
Aperture: f11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2007

Actually just unpacked and setup my new monolights, lol. wanted to practice with some dramtic lighting so I thought why not enter and get a few comments!! So anyway I present to you me as lit from the side with a single 160ws mono light with a honeycomb and barn doors...Processed with PS7 layers for hue/sat (minimal adjustment), levels, and brightness/contrast, also very minimal burning on background layer.

Score prediction...5.0...maybe!! Just looking for suggestions really...

Statistics
Place: 120 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.6550
Avg (commenters): 6.3600
Avg (participants): 5.5537
Avg (non-participants): 5.7188
Views since voting: 1281
Views during voting: 440
Votes: 313
Comments: 32
Favorites: 0


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01/09/2008 12:50:45 AM
God sharpness and contrast. I agree with Melethia on the rest.
Look forward to seeing more photos.
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12/13/2007 01:41:29 AM
I think you got pretty close to what you were trying to do! My one suggestion would be to wear a shirt that does show up just a bit, to prevent the "floating head" syndrome. And perhaps just a wee bit more light on the lit side, with a reflector on the unlit side to give a hit of shape to that side of the face. Or not. :-)
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12/12/2007 10:52:21 AM
You got some great comments on this one and the score is pretty dang good too! Great Job! (you beat michelle, thats an accomplisment in itself!)
hehe
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12/12/2007 04:36:17 AM
Jack!!!!!!!!

Good to see you back in the challenges, although I have to confess that I did not recognise you...Time has obviously ravaged your once youthful countenance ;-)

I really like the light set up for this shot, I am a big fan of half face portraits although I always have to cheat and use the edge of the frame to achieve this. Really like the blackness of the black, and the sharpness of the shot

Hope all is well with you
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12/12/2007 03:15:34 AM
Ah, so THAT'S who I keep talking to. :) Nice lighting, nice shot!
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12/12/2007 12:55:24 AM
Neat lighting, Jack. I wish the visible side was a little brighter -- a little more contrast.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 10:30:01 PM
Hi Jack! Stop being so serious :D
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12/11/2007 07:19:09 PM
Great lighting!
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12/11/2007 08:08:47 AM
Neat and very well shot. Good job
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12/10/2007 01:36:23 AM
We needed to have a light saber in our photos! Nice 'dark' lighting. BB
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12/09/2007 09:04:16 PM
I like this effect but the lighting is a little dark.
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12/09/2007 06:55:47 PM
Needs a fuller tonal range. Too gray overall.
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12/09/2007 04:16:30 PM
Simple, powerful. Technically could be better lighting wide. A bit more light would hurt but it's a nice portrait photo overall :)
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12/09/2007 09:06:06 AM
nice tones
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12/09/2007 08:36:31 AM
I like the shadow effect.....
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12/09/2007 02:59:29 AM
Good, a textbook example, I'd say. I wish I didn't read the title, because now I'm trying to see the dark side, which can't be seen, I think.
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12/08/2007 05:56:09 PM
Definitely on the (too) dark side.
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12/07/2007 10:37:25 PM
nice details on your bright side. can't see your dark side :-)
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12/07/2007 07:49:39 PM
Very intense, a fine portrait..............
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12/07/2007 07:11:25 PM
I like this, great detail on the light side.
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12/07/2007 07:04:01 AM
Would really like to see a contrast bump here.
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12/07/2007 03:33:05 AM
Hey, maybe you could have tried to look more evil? ;)
Nice lighting, and i like it
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12/06/2007 01:08:28 PM
Cool idea man, like that you kept it kinda muted.
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12/06/2007 11:27:17 AM
I dig your composition, I would have liked the half of your face to be a tad brighter but I really like your idea and setup. Nice job.
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12/06/2007 09:01:54 AM
Always love a good disembodied half a head!
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12/05/2007 09:17:01 PM
I see what you're going for but the light is a little too dark on your face for my liking
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12/05/2007 12:32:13 PM
I love this type of photo. It's very dramatic. It fits your ruggedly handsome face very well :)
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12/05/2007 10:51:39 AM
Love the low key lighting.
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12/05/2007 09:49:45 AM
I like the idea, but I would have cropped about two thirds off the right. Really nice texture.
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12/05/2007 09:09:33 AM
Excellent lighting.
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12/05/2007 06:05:52 AM
like the big dark around him. could be a better, if there was little llight on right
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12/05/2007 05:29:53 AM
Beautifully composed. There is just one thing selfish me wants to see in it is, the highlights are lifted little bit more up. Since it was advanced editing challenge the highlights could have been dodged little bit. I feel might be better than this. Anyway liked it.
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