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Miyka'el
Miyka'el
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Challenge: Self-Portrait III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Den
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Aperture: f1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2005

Trying to make a better showing than I did in the last self-portrait challenge. I know this shot doesn't have the 'WOW!' factor necessary to score in the 6's, but I sure hope it can least get into the 5's... Anything is better than the last shot I did for self portrait. I mean, gee whiz, what was I thinking!

Used my new manual focus(!) Nikkor NAi 85mm f1.8 lens for this challenge. It's a portrait lens, so what the heck. Sure was though getting a shot in focus at f1.8!

Post processing was not too extreme. Adjusted levels, converted to Lab and captured the L channel, adjusted the curve slightly, did some dodging and burning, cleared up a few loose skin flecks, resized and sharpened.

Expected Gigs: "Too much shirt, not enough portrait", "Tip of your nose is fuzzy", and my fav, "Yer head is chopped off mate!"

Statistics
Place: 68 out of 247
Avg (all users): 5.8675
Avg (commenters): 6.9333
Avg (participants): 5.7793
Avg (non-participants): 5.9490
Views since voting: 746
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 302
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
05/02/2005 06:33:39 PM
Hey this really is a good photo. I bet it took some shots to get the focus just right. People vote down borders, just say no to borders. :)
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02/21/2005 04:14:51 AM
Sympatique! nice to see the face behind the glass
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2005 11:13:32 PM
An honest representaion with very good framing and head placement. The expression is casual and the look very sincere with the half twisted smile which adds an immediate deeper meaning to the character study. Cool. Bumping up. Returning for final bump.
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02/20/2005 10:16:06 PM
Nice composition, very soft.... (resemble Bill Gates just a bit).
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02/20/2005 09:11:55 PM
I like the DOF control and lighting. Well done.
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02/19/2005 01:46:09 AM
Bill Gates, yes? Well, even if you're not, this is a very instructive portrait. First because the crop gives it an intimacy that it would not have if your whole head was in the shot. And second because of the effective use of limited depth of field. Great all-round photographic skills, employed with subtlety and confidence. 8.
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02/17/2005 07:26:28 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.

excellent work. the focus, lighting, expression, and composition all come together to make this image. the eyes looking over the glasses are perfect--they go hand in hand with the hint of a grin. you look like you were actually having fun doing this. very well executed, i hope this does well for you.
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02/17/2005 02:24:28 PM
great angle! smart blurring..
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02/16/2005 08:17:49 PM
Outstanding self-portrait, just love the selective focus on this shot. Also, from the facial features seems like you are a polite and reserved person. Good Luck
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02/16/2005 12:04:49 AM
Great composition. I think this needed a bit more contrast. It is a little overall gray, but otherwise wonderful.
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02/15/2005 10:51:28 PM
this is awesome. the shallow depth is very effective in highlighting your face. the border's not my favourite, but it's not awful either. Magnificent lighting. very little reflection on the glasses...just a little on the rim above your right eye...a difficult feat indeed. well done.

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02/15/2005 10:39:12 PM
love the way you've cropped this -- very nicely done.
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02/15/2005 04:43:57 PM
Very nice. I like the clear of the face. Good work
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02/15/2005 03:38:27 PM
this would be a lot better if your eyes were as sharp as your mouth.
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02/15/2005 02:30:35 PM
Border is a bit destracting.
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02/15/2005 01:37:47 PM
I can feel your warmth coming through the photo...
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02/15/2005 12:44:16 AM
Little soft with the focus. Interesting composition though. I like the lighting as well. Nice job.
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02/14/2005 11:34:46 PM
Very nice composition.
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02/14/2005 02:47:27 PM
Cool (9)
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