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Challenge: Self Portrait IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Nikon
Location: My Barn
Date: May 18, 2006
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2006

Me looking out of an old window in the barn behind our house. I had to stand on a bucket. I set the self timer on 20sec. I focused on the frame of the window, hit the shutter, then ran over and stood on the bucket.

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A big thanks to everyone for all the nice comments. Thank you all very much.

--Stephen

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 236
Avg (all users): 6.5341
Avg (commenters): 7.4643
Avg (participants): 6.3407
Avg (non-participants): 6.7153
Views since voting: 1867
Views during voting: 474
Votes: 279
Comments: 38
Favorites: 3 (view)


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AuthorThread
05/31/2006 03:37:50 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club. My critiques are generally geared towards trying to help you improve your score within DPC, and not on any true "artistic" merit of the photograph itself, unless it relates to DPC voters and scoring. Please keep that in mind as you read this.

Initial Thoughts
A good shot, but not so much on the choice of sepia, for me.

Composition/Content
Very nice compositionally. The criss-crossing window pane works very well (although the slight off-plane is a bit distracting). I like where you are positioned, but could have worked with you being a little higher as well.

Background
Nice shallow DOF, no distracting elements. A little noisy, which probably hurt you slightly with voters.

Camera Work/Technical
Exposure of some highlights are a little blown. Whether this is in post-processing or not, I don't know, but it is especially noticeable on your cheek, under your left eye. (viewers right). Distracting to me. A little healing brush, or low-opacity burning could have helped that. It's about my only real critical mark.

Digital Processing
Now, this is purely my own taste, but the sepia toning you've used here doesn't really help the photo, I feel. It's just a little too light and yellow, and speaks of photos from old, old newspapers.. yet you have more of a modern look to yourself which would have been better served, IMO, with a deeper sepia. Something suggestive of warmth and a more modern look. Yes, I know that your score suggests that people liked it this way, but for me it just doesn't work, clashes just a little too much. Also, it lacks a touch of contrast to really bring out the blacks and give the image a touch more punch.

Fits the Challenge
Unless it's not you, it fits.

My Opinion of the Photo
I suppose I should have left what I said in processing for here, but it stands both ways. I honestly do believe with a different sepia look, you could have been staring at a high 6. As it is, you have a score anyone would be proud of.. so you did something right regardless of my own tastes. A well done photo, and good luck on future challenges.

Message edited by author 2006-06-01 01:29:23.
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05/30/2006 01:12:51 PM
wow...what a nice pic is all I can say. I am not a professional but I know a good pic when I see one.
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05/29/2006 07:25:41 PM
I really liked this one. Under rated IMHO
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05/26/2006 07:57:58 PM
Very nice - I never realized how handsome you are. Nice color tones too.
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05/26/2006 11:37:02 AM
Nice finish Stephen. I kept going back to this pic. I gave it a 9. Nice work.

Message edited by author 2006-05-26 14:31:11.
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05/26/2006 11:16:04 AM
Such an handsome guy. Really love the composition and use of sepia.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2006 11:52:06 PM
Fun compostion.
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05/25/2006 09:06:52 PM
Great shot, love the colours. One of my top picks. Just bumping up to 10!
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05/25/2006 06:43:12 PM
There is something restful about this image. Hmmm, maybe comforting is a better word. Not sure if its the expression or the tones used. I like both though. 8
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05/25/2006 06:06:31 PM
This entry is an absolute stand out for me. I think you nailed this perfectly and really like your choice of tones. Great job! 9
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05/24/2006 02:46:32 PM
I really like the looks of this one. To nitpick, the tone is a bit too saturated for my tastes, and the eyes seem just a bit softer in focus than I would like. The composition and lighting are great.
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05/23/2006 07:33:41 PM
I love this shot! The tone and clarity is marvelous. 10
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05/23/2006 02:29:23 AM
I'd like to see your face in focus, rather than the window frame. OR, you could step back from the window frame and be more out of focus.
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05/23/2006 12:16:24 AM
This is nice I like the tones and colour 8
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05/22/2006 05:07:36 PM
Nice composition.
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05/22/2006 06:19:21 AM
great image !!
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05/21/2006 03:42:29 PM
I like the sepia treatment here.
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05/21/2006 09:46:59 AM
nice clear shot, good tones
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05/21/2006 05:33:30 AM
Nice sepia tone shot; the window gives you protection; but it also lends a certain vulnerability; I distracts from you face; but also frames it. Nice softer focus too.
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05/21/2006 02:31:40 AM
Great tones, well done
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05/20/2006 11:41:04 AM
Composition is very strong - great natural framing. Sepia toning works very well here. Nice job!
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05/20/2006 09:10:32 AM
The window makes a nice frame for your fact, and the peeling paint works well with this pose and lighting.
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05/19/2006 11:23:44 PM
This is one of my favorit of the bunch. I believe I really get a sence of who you are..... The focus Is perfect and the catch lights in your eyes really bring them to life. Great job. 9
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05/19/2006 07:14:04 PM
very nice
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05/19/2006 03:08:54 PM
Nice pic :o)
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05/19/2006 12:08:50 PM
Nice work, good sepia treatment, composition and lighting, nitpick...the window frame is a smidge unlevel.
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05/19/2006 10:32:02 AM
I like where you positioned yourself in this portrait...it adds character to your image having the window between you and the camera..sort of puts you where you are comfortable..good work.
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05/19/2006 10:28:37 AM
good work...like the duotone and use of the window
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05/19/2006 10:25:55 AM
really like this shot
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05/19/2006 09:39:29 AM
i like the sepia tone.
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05/19/2006 09:02:29 AM
Very nice clean photo, i like the way you used the barn window to frame yourself. good shot
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05/19/2006 08:24:21 AM
Very nice SP ! Nice sepia tones. Very well done.
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05/19/2006 03:54:37 AM
Macho and sharp. Great choice of sepia.
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05/19/2006 03:18:13 AM
Great job! Focus, lighting and the desat/yellow tone treatment make a very compelling image.
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05/19/2006 02:37:27 AM
you're a scorpio too! :) 8
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05/19/2006 02:03:32 AM
Nice. A touch harsh on the lighting on the nose and right cheek, but the composition is good. I sense that the focus is on the X of the frame and not your eyes. Perhaps that was the intent - thus the title. No detractions for that.
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05/19/2006 01:06:26 AM
Very good shot, and the coloring works well with it. Well done!
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05/19/2006 12:09:33 AM
nice feel to the picture. O like the toning. A little hot on the left cheek. 7
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