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Self Portrait with Go To Hell Hat
Self Portrait with Go To Hell Hat

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Portrait (Classic Editing)
Collection: DPC Entries
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: My fantabulous basement, Indianapolis, IN
Date: Dec 29, 2002
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2002

About the photo: I had no one to pose for me, so I took matters into my own hands. I tried a bunch of different shots, but nothing really stuck me. I started to throw the hat off in frustration while snapping a shot, and found that I liked the shape of that image. So, 50 or 60 more takes, and here it is. I've got about 6 versions of this photo that I wanted to submit. Dang!!

About the title: My grandma has, for some reason, always referred to bucket hats as "Go To Hell" hats ("If they don't like it, they can go to hell!!"). So, anyway, I thought it fit.

Dear critiquer: I would appreciate comments about the cropping especially. I was trying to do something different.

Place: 47 out of 90
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Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4225
Avg (non-participants): 5.1600
Views since voting: 3979
Votes: 96
Comments: 7
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/12/2005 02:57:21 PM
"When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..."

This is a great self-portrait! I was rambling through some older challenges and remember stumbling upon this photo eons ago. What I enjoy about the crop is that the profile of the face is *almost* centered, but the viewer's eye travels around the 'P' shape made by the arm, getting the overall feel of the comp. Just had to make a drive-by comment =D
07/24/2005 11:42:57 PM
Okay, who besides me, has looked at this photo and thought... Rob Thomas! Are you sure your last name is Elliott?! ;-)

And just to be sure of what I was seeing, had my sister, my mom and 2 of my nephews check it out. We all agree....

BradP isn't the only famous face here apparently! :D

 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/31/2002 01:34:20 PM
i like the letter box format.
12/31/2002 04:59:08 AM
I'm not sure what the part about the hat means, but I like the shot. I like the lighting, and the composition is effective, though there is almost TOO much negative space for me.
12/30/2002 06:05:07 PM
LOL that is some hat alright. Like the pictures, creative and good focus.....why so far away??
12/30/2002 05:39:23 PM
Interesting choice
12/30/2002 01:18:59 AM
Gilligan's island hat.

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