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Artyste


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Challenge: Self-Portrait III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
Date: Feb 10, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2005

Not much to say about the shot itself, it's a self-portrait.. of me holding the instrument of my passion.

Photo was taken with an external flash unit, bounced off the ceiling. Post-Processing was done mostly with Levels, with some minor dodging (for the eyes), and clone work. Also a touch of USM, and of course, cropping and re-sizing.

Also, due to KDO's untimely rant about her disqualified photo.. I'm hoping to *hell* that this shot doesn't get voted down as a subsequent victim to any backlash concerning bright, washed out backgrounds. I shot this against a sheet of white posterboard, and dodged, cloned, smudged, *nothing*.. simply changed lightness levels. I understand that this won't be known during the challenge.. but man.. if I get any comments of the like, I'm going to be a little upset.. but I'll have to live with them.

here's to hoping that it doesn't work that way though.

AFTER CHALLENGE: Update

Ok, I've had a day to get over being bitter and such, so I want to say a few words. I *am* honored to be counted among some of the top photographers on this website in this challenge. I am very proud of my entry, and it truly is the best self-portrait I've ever taken.

I want to heartily thank each and every commenter on this shot for giving me such a rush during the challenge, and for all the kind and encouraging words.
You've helped give me some enormous confidence.

This shot is a milestone in two ways.
#1. It's my highest rated shot now.

#2. It recieved the most ever comments during a challenge at 37.

I really am happy to have placed as high as I have, and while top 10 is always fun, I certainly didn't miss it by much. Tiberius, I took away a red ribbon from you in the School Days challenge.. kudos on taking 10th away from me :)

Thanks again to everyone for your support!

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 247
Avg (all users): 6.7540
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.4868
Avg (non-participants): 7.0062
Views since voting: 3542
Views during voting: 557
Votes: 313
Comments: 50
Favorites: 2 (view)


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04/27/2007 10:10:07 PM
just read one of your critiques on a snow scene ... excellent critique .. and i've learned quite a bit from reading it, esp f-stops etc ...
i came back to your portfolio and this one caught my eye ... obviously everyone else loves this photograph and its easy to see why ... it looks like it will be a total pleasure having you in the b&w, coz not only do you appear to know wot you're doing, but you will tell it like it is (as you see it!!) and hopefully we'll all learn heaps from your comments ... :)
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04/21/2007 12:34:23 AM
This is an amazing shot! (Just now viewing the past few weeks worth...) Love the feel of this photograph. The composition and focus are perfect. Absolute black and white and all the shades in between. Great job on the eyes as well. A truly beautiful photo!
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02/27/2007 02:31:20 AM
ok, my bad - should not have gotten confused between you and the guy in bear's photo... totally different! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30861/thumb/471806.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30861/thumb/471806.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

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12/09/2005 05:10:14 PM
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by Artyste:

...of me holding the instrument of my passion.


And your other hand is holding your camera.


bahahahahaa.

Good one.
12/09/2005 05:03:52 PM
Originally posted by Artyste:

...of me holding the instrument of my passion.


And your other hand is holding your camera.
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07/19/2005 07:39:45 PM
I think this is a GREAT shot. I love the high key feel to it - the composition is excellent. I guess I should have picked a shot I could find some areas to improve on though, huh?!? Cuz I'm having difficulties finding them on this one. Really nice job.
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03/01/2005 03:17:11 PM
you look different without the telephone pole! :o
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02/21/2005 05:01:51 PM
I've posted a new After Challenge write up, since I've had a day to get over my disappointment of not hitting top 10 :)

Feel free to read it. As it says, thank you to everyone who commented.. there were some wonderful, encouraging comments from a huge number of really talented people that I admire and respect, and that, I think, beats a top 10 any day.. and don't worry.. you'll see me around in the future.. if another challenge comes up that kicks me in the head for an idea :)
02/21/2005 02:55:50 PM
Artyste, stop being so sensitive, you're not a woman! :)

* Trying to cheer a fellow photographer - got nothing against women, and especially sensitive women (boy, they can get so emotional) :-)) *
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02/21/2005 04:19:22 AM
extremely wonderful shot - i much prefer this to some of those in the top 10. wonderful high key and great sharpness and composition. tones are excellent as well - great job, artyste.
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02/21/2005 12:34:53 AM
Very impresive entry. Congratulations on your 11th placing.
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02/21/2005 12:10:03 AM
Awesome art, and a great score!!! Couldnt happen to a better guy! Congrats
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02/21/2005 12:07:36 AM
11th place...not bad. I expected at least top 10!!! Maybe someone will get DQ'd and you'll jump up there...either way...again, great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2005 07:39:28 PM
A really nice portrait, well lit and the composition works well for me.. Not a fan of the 'clean' look in portraits though.. (Neatimage?) 8
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02/19/2005 06:29:00 PM
wow! outstanding self-portrait! the lighting is wonderful and i love the pose...you look so serious. dahlink, you look mahvelous! :)
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02/19/2005 01:54:45 PM
very well done high key
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02/18/2005 06:30:48 AM
Dude... this is strong and powerfull and a top5 with a score of 10 from me. I love the light, details, choice of camera ;) and the composition. Great photo by a great photographer. Good luck!
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02/18/2005 03:32:55 AM
Great high key, maybe a bit too much neat image? you look a bit plastic :D - 8
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02/18/2005 01:09:39 AM
I really like this. I'm not a huge fan of black and white -- or for highly exposed photographs, but this photograph works very well for me. You clearly have the skills to set the shot up and the looks to be in the shot...one of my highest rated ... definately deserving of a ribbon.
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02/17/2005 04:36:50 PM
One word: Awesome! Mista Artyste :))) (10)
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02/17/2005 04:27:21 PM
A very good study which is bold and neat with exceptional good focus. The composition and framing are tops. Bumping up.
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02/16/2005 10:50:55 PM
Excellent lighting man, I love the high key look...
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02/16/2005 09:08:44 PM
Very nice, crisp image. I wouldn't change a thing. Love the expression.
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02/16/2005 08:46:52 PM
i don't know anything about portraiture, so i'm using your image as a guinnea pig as to what i think i would or wouldn't do in this situation, as well as what i notice and get out of your image.

what an incredibly strong image. ordinarily, i think i would complain about the lighting, but here, the contrast are perfect and the focus is so dead-on that it completely works! great pose, expression, composition--wonderfully executed. 8 from me.
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02/16/2005 11:13:42 AM
I think you may have fallen between two stools here, to my mind. I love the basic idea of it, and the vast part of the execution, but the extreme high-key thing is what bothers me - most specifically on your face; the blown areas seem too arbitrary, areas with and without definition don't seem to follow any particular plan, serving to both mask and emphasise facial shape, bone structure, in different areas. Lots of good stuff otherwise though, like it.
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02/16/2005 10:15:20 AM
What a nice skin ! I adore the softness of the color , the strong looking and the (as always) good composition !
Well done !
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02/16/2005 02:48:58 AM
Finally!! Someone easy enough to recognize! :-)
I love this shot (8). I like those thinking lines in your forehead, the white-clean look of the picture and the details. (You also are a very handsome guy ;-)
The black colors of the camera add the needed contrast to the soft colors of yourself.
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02/16/2005 12:37:27 AM
Damn Art! Great detail and wonderful high key portrait! 9 from me, and I really hope that this does well!
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02/15/2005 11:38:53 PM
The eyes are amazing. The pose is interesting. Maybe a bit too light, but great work.
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02/15/2005 10:43:16 PM
very cool shot. I like how the tilt of your head complements the camera tilt. razor sharp and good exposure. well done!
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02/15/2005 10:29:38 PM
What can I say, you and your Pentax kick some high key ass. Nice Job!
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02/15/2005 05:36:20 PM
Well done..
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02/15/2005 03:17:38 PM
Clarity is superb. Nice choice with the b&w. Love the pose 9
after further review I think this is the best one that includes a camera.
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02/15/2005 02:35:57 PM
wow, intresting texture on the skin, It almost looks plastic. I've very intrested in you post processing.
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02/15/2005 02:05:42 PM
yummy!
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02/15/2005 01:23:26 PM
very good b&w photo, the contrast is great, the focus excellent, framing and crop outstanding and you are a very good model ! 10
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02/15/2005 12:34:01 PM
Cool camera, good catchlights. Maybe a bit too much Neat Image??? Looks mildly plasticized, but it's a great high key photo with contrast. 8
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02/15/2005 12:10:11 AM
I love the picture of your camera.............case. Very well done photo. 5+5=10
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02/15/2005 12:05:04 AM
High key? Very serious or tense mood to this shot, guarded, not appearing comfortable, but yet confident. Nice portrait.
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02/14/2005 09:56:42 PM
Nice image ...strong shot ...well done
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02/14/2005 09:30:55 PM
Nice job. Great choice of color!
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02/14/2005 06:21:47 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again... This is a top-notch professional looking shot. I don't think it could be done any better. Absolutely love the eyes!! Fantastic job. 10
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02/14/2005 04:25:50 PM
love it; this is a stark and revealing portrait!
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02/14/2005 01:38:29 PM
This photo makes me want to buy a Pentax! Nice Job!
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02/14/2005 11:44:27 AM
great pic great lighting
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02/14/2005 02:22:55 AM
lookin good Arty. I'm betting this is your highest scoring entry so far...it deserves one.

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02/14/2005 02:20:29 AM
great contrast and composition
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02/14/2005 01:43:24 AM
Love the high key, and the eyes, and the camera. ;)
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02/14/2005 01:28:47 AM
Well, we certainly know this man!!! And you NEVER looked better! Great, gerat shot.
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02/14/2005 12:15:58 AM
This is a stunning high key portrait. I love the lighting and the pin-sharp focus. Excellent... and you're pretty cute, too!!! :o)
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