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Challenge: Self-Portrait III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Abstract, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2005

After long giving up on trying to shoot the most stock footage-ish shot, i decided to take of photo in a unique style.
4's here i come =)

Place: 81 out of 247
Avg (all users): 5.7453
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 5.6076
Avg (non-participants): 5.8813
Views since voting: 2072
Views during voting: 522
Votes: 318
Comments: 36
Favorites: 14 (view)

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08/26/2007 09:02:53 AM
Followed up on this photo, based upon your request in the forum. This is a very creative, artistic and unique photo. Those who have already commented on this photo, give you their honest opinion, and the reason why it didn't rate higher in DPC. There is a "look" that rates high in DPC, and this was not that look, but it is an amazing photo.

I would recommend you find a photo club in your area. You are talented, and could benefit from critique and feedback outside of DPC.
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06/25/2005 07:32:40 PM
(Just read your post in the forums asking why this didn't score higher) Wow, I totally overlooked this one. Now that I really look at it, I must say I really love it. Artisticly, I think it's a 10 (if it's possible to assign a numerical score to anything artistic!). Technically, I think it's just fine, and an artistic shot like this is *above* technical criticism, anyway.
To answer your question about why it didn't score higher, I'd have to agree with the others about it being too "artsy" for DPC.

I'm adding this to my favorites.

Message edited by author 2005-06-29 21:56:57.
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05/01/2005 10:57:41 AM
I just discovered this beauty. This is really amazing work. Thanks for doing what needed to be done! If you keep this up, you won't win many DPC ribbons, but your name will still be remembered as a great photographer in 200 years.

Message edited by author 2005-05-01 10:58:34.
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04/12/2005 12:19:52 AM
Something is in sync here. I'm happy to admit that I don't know what it is.
Everything I thought I've learnt, is off somewhere, irrelevantly afloat, sifting through lesser work it can get a handle on.

My people, look at this photo! It is so unassuming, it had to be created according to its own laws.

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03/11/2005 10:53:56 PM
I agree with Imagineer. This photo really caought my breath and time just stopped. It make me want to be related to the subject in the photo. How come I didn't see this photo when I voted? I would definitely give it a 10.
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02/23/2005 05:53:40 PM
:: Hello from the Critique Club ::

Well, I looked at this and immediately had a flashback to an another era - like a surrealist from the 40s, perhaps even, dare I say, a Bill Brandt. For all the obvious (and deliberate) flaws and bucked conventions, this shot proves to be very memorable.

The pose for me shows a side of you that is slightly anarchic and resistant to the regular - which would not haved worked if the subject were to conform to the usual rules of cropping and composition. As such it has an indefinable X-factor which stands it apart from the crowd.

And more importantly, I like it!

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02/21/2005 10:00:14 AM
Serenity and discomfort, defying gravity or a poise for eternity. Great ambiguity in this image that makes it both troubling and captivating.

And since when, in this environment, does one get public gratification for ambiguous photographs, young man?

Though I violently disagree with Arnit, I agnowledge this picture did deserves higher consideration.
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02/21/2005 07:18:49 AM
You should have placed in first!
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02/21/2005 06:06:35 AM
Like ubique, this was my only 10 of the challenge. There were other wonderful photos and I gave many 9's, but this photo blew me away. As I scrolled the results and got passed 20 or so, I thought this must have been disqualified for some reason. There was no other explanation for it not to be up there. Then finally here it was. Boo on the DPC voters (most of them anyway).
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02/21/2005 03:03:04 AM
Thank you all very much for the comments and kind words. I'm glad some of the photographers i enjoy most found this image interesting. Thanks again!!!
02/21/2005 01:59:20 AM
Adam: This was my only 10. It has an artistic purity and durability that is by comparison so pitifully absent in most of the images that finished higher, including my own. I hope you will be consoled (if indeed you require any consolation) by the fact that several of the most discriminating commentators in the DPC community recognised the quality of your photograph. I am not of course referring to myself, but if you examine the comments list below, you'll quickly pick them out. Then again, I guess you already have; it takes one to know one!
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02/21/2005 12:49:19 AM
Perhaps the most under rated image in this challenge.
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02/21/2005 12:32:12 AM
Very nice--I really like the graphic feel, but the pose to me is a bit more awkward.
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02/21/2005 12:14:38 AM
this was one of my 10´s, should have placed wayyyy higher!
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02/21/2005 12:14:05 AM
This should have placed better...plain and simple...regardless, still a powerful shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2005 03:31:20 PM
Great shot...I hope this does very well...your orientation is intriguing, it's hard to look away from this.
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02/20/2005 01:41:38 AM
like the pose in the frame. stylish side profile.
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02/19/2005 01:40:50 PM
Wow! Simply amazing. This should be hanging in a gallery somewhere. It looks like the painting of a master.
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02/19/2005 06:37:48 AM
A striking profile, in repose - but not resting.. Appears an awkward position, but composition really works. Beautiful simplicity.
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02/18/2005 09:52:17 PM
Almost a Picasso! Excellent.
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02/18/2005 07:35:32 PM
Very interesting profile shot, great B&W with interesting softness and slight grain. The angle between body and head is pretty strange, but that makes it so interesting.
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02/18/2005 07:34:12 PM
i don't know anything about portraiture, so i'm using your image to try to figure out what i think i would or wouldn't do in this situation, as well as what i notice and get out of your image.

this is a very interesting image you've turned in here. i'm really not sure what to make of the pose. the lighting and soft focus put more of the burden on the imagination of the viewer than a more traditional portrait, which may be exactly what you were after. good luck!
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02/18/2005 06:16:13 PM
Great photo. Looks like a painting.
Took me a minute to understand the pose, but I think it's a wonderful portrait!
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02/17/2005 04:33:01 PM
A classic image and one of the more powerful efforts because the end results gives this image a very impressive graphical effect while maintaining full integrity. Indeed one of the most impressive images in this challenge. Bumping up.
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02/16/2005 07:14:01 PM
A very artful portrait. Beautiful piece. Hope you’re in the top ten.
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02/15/2005 08:00:04 PM
interesting take on the challenge... like the POV
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02/15/2005 06:57:39 PM
Returning for comment. Creative composition, good capture of facial expression. Good luck in the challenge.
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02/15/2005 04:03:01 PM
The awkward pose seems uncomfortable, but somehow appropriate -9
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02/15/2005 01:36:12 PM
I love this shot of you: the black and white color, the side profile, the texture of your sweater. You really made an awesome self-portrait. 10!
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02/15/2005 04:42:29 AM
This is clearly on of the best pics in this challenge....you get my 10 !
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02/14/2005 08:10:42 PM
One of my favorites in this challenge. The contrast is just spot on. It is simple but yet very different. Excellent work. If it were for me to decide you would get the blue ribbon.
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02/14/2005 07:41:21 PM
Terrific portrait. Original and visually arresting pose, great composition/crop, nicely executed in both camera and processing. No suggestions for improvement. 10.
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02/14/2005 10:36:06 AM
The grain here actually work quite well. I love the composition too. It's clean & simple, yet very interesting. Great textures too. I would want it to be more sharp though. but it's top10 here. 9
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02/14/2005 12:43:04 AM
This is excellent! Very creative. 10.
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02/14/2005 12:31:49 AM
I love this, it's so cool! The title is perfect, coupled with the tones and the way your skin ends up being the lightest tone in this photo...the pose is different, but looks awkwardly natural (?). You've done a great job with this one!
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02/14/2005 12:21:53 AM
Interesting composition. I like this photo a lot!
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