this is a beautiful face. i do not see many technical flaws here and besides a lot about the editing has been discussed by other commenters. i do not see any story here though, and this is my only complaint. and yes, the light stuff on the shirt is a bit distracting and the eyes look overprocessed.
what were you going to achieve here? what were you thinking about while taking this? despite having really vivid imagination i fail to read any further story behind this portrait. to me it only says one word, not a poem. the straight composition doesn't add any story either.
maybe only slightly nodding your head would create more natural and lively position? with a face like this you can move mountains :) but only when you first think about where you would like to move them to. without a clear idea and a clear thought in your eyes any portrait is bound to remain flat and liveless.
it is a very good studio portrait, but not much more can be said about it - it doesn't soar. still it is a great start and if you bring more of your life, your personality and your feelings into your self portraits then i am sure you can create amazing unforgettable things:)
edited to add: dear Louis, I knew it :D what a happy family reunion!!Message edited by author 2010-05-10 05:24:17.