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Awakening
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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date: Dec 4, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2007

It's me! I just got new glasses after about 15 years, so I thought I'd wear them in this shot. I am standing right in front of an Alien Bee (400) with shoot through umbrella attached. Another AB400 to my front left. I was going for something different (at least for me) in the lighting and processing, and I've certainly achieved that.

Shot in RAW: adjusted exposure

PS:
Rotate
Crop
Cloned out the wires of the umbrella that weren't blown out
Slight cloning to tweak the lines of the cheeks a bit
Massive dodge and burn all over the place
Acidify action, dropped the opacity on the crazy curves layer
Lots of additional contrast
Selective color to bump up the blacks
Resize
USM (300/.3/0)
Save for web

Statistics
Place: 72 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.0404
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.8862
Avg (non-participants): 6.1357
Views since voting: 1074
Views during voting: 477
Votes: 322
Comments: 34
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/15/2007 09:42:08 PM
Absolutely fascinating. This is what I like about a (self-)portrait: an image that let you want to know more! Congrat for this one, way underscored is you ask me...
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12/14/2007 04:59:54 AM
grrrreat shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 08:18:56 PM
One of my favorites from the challenge. Your expression helps reveal something about you, and the lighting and composition enhance the feeling. 10
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12/10/2007 10:16:13 PM
you light up my life.
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12/10/2007 01:38:45 AM
Is this a constipated look?! Just kidding, the back lighting really accents your expression. BB
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12/09/2007 11:42:40 PM
E.T. call home. Great self-portrait.
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12/09/2007 08:22:04 PM
Very cool. Nice backlit, nice composition. You definitely have something going on there. Technically good, settings good. Overall is a good photo :)
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12/09/2007 07:15:23 PM
Great expression, well shot, and well processed. Good job!
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12/09/2007 03:36:07 PM
The expression is scary.
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12/09/2007 04:44:41 AM
the best expression in the bunch.
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12/09/2007 03:03:56 AM
HO! GOOD! Very nice, you woke me up as well. Well done. Just goes to show how powerfull eyes are.
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12/08/2007 11:41:55 PM
this is great even if it isn't you! quirky goodness here - deserves to be in a national ad -
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12/08/2007 07:38:44 AM
Pretty cool lighting!
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12/07/2007 10:57:21 PM
great awakening expressions. good sharpness and lighting too.
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12/07/2007 08:04:23 PM
The more I look at this the more it grows on me. There's an odd disconnect between the expression and the title :-)
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12/07/2007 12:09:53 AM
This is a neat shot but I think the main lighting is off in the front. I do like how you have blown out the back but your face needs more light in my book.
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12/06/2007 07:39:48 PM
Hehehehe this works for me! Nice specs by the way
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12/06/2007 11:40:52 AM
I really like your lighting and composition on this shot. Expression is awesome as well. Nice work.
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12/06/2007 09:50:47 AM
Wow! Lighting takes the eyes in a circular path.
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12/06/2007 09:14:29 AM
Great photo caught my attention! funny ;)
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12/06/2007 07:53:12 AM
Very interesting lighting.
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12/06/2007 03:10:02 AM
Lighting and expression are perfect! Well done! : )
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12/06/2007 01:55:05 AM
very cool photo. 9
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12/06/2007 01:48:26 AM
Great expression and love the glow!
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12/05/2007 11:21:58 PM
This is cool, I like your lighting a lot
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12/05/2007 10:28:52 PM
Interesting lighting on your shoulders, adds alot of interest I think.
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12/05/2007 07:11:01 PM
creepy
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12/05/2007 04:35:03 PM
nice work in terms of mood & expression--the light conveys this well too.
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12/05/2007 10:48:43 AM
That is too funny. LOVE the lighting.
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12/05/2007 06:24:08 AM
oh, yeah! this made me laugh! is it his exprssion or however, I love it!
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12/05/2007 05:04:16 AM
really great lighting and coldness 7
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12/05/2007 04:44:36 AM
the light is great, and nice capture of expression
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12/05/2007 02:51:43 AM
Lighting is awesome, like the expresion a lot.
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12/05/2007 01:56:32 AM
I'm digging the lighting.
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