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Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2006

Viewed: 1249
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

Thanks to everyone for your comments!

about the "cracked face" -

Really all in the setup. Started out with a facial mask base (white). Then slapped myself a couple hundred times with flour. As you all know, flower and water (or anything in liquid form) makes a heavy, glue like paste. after about 25 mins of shooting and lots of touchups (touchups done by dabbing finger in water and placing finger on trouble area.... then slap yourself with flour ;-)) You get the look you see here.... and alot of mess! To bring it out in the photo a bit more, just a little burning, it can be easily overdone... as i've found out in the past ;-)

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09/16/2006 05:19:27 PM
Cool idea and executed well. Nice texture, really brought out by the B&W. A slightly tighter crop would have been interesting as well.
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09/03/2006 12:51:26 AM
This is great! Wow. I love it, the BW, the cracked face, and the white insanity crawling up into your hair. Your eyes look a tad bit blue, strangely. I don't know if that's what you were going for, but I think it adds to the conceptualism.
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09/01/2006 10:58:28 PM
Wow amazing piece, I love how your eyes just grab the viewer. Wonderful work.
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09/01/2006 09:32:13 PM
VERY cool shot! Love the contrast and expression. Great tones and the centered composition works well. Good job!
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07/28/2006 11:57:43 PM
Really cool looking. The only thing i would change is black border. I would get rid of it. Just my two cents though.

Message edited by author 2006-08-03 17:04:09.
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07/27/2006 04:04:23 PM
heey this gives me a de-ja-vu (check my profile page "Twisted")

I love the black negative space around you, this adds a bit to the creepy-and weirdness. details must be stunning on the original. maybe use a bit of USM to get them back on this size?
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07/27/2006 03:59:32 PM
LOL this is awesome! I love your expression, its almost like "the things I do to get a good photo".. I don't mind that your are centered, but maybe crop a little bit of the black from both sides?.. Ohh yeah I think B&W was perfect for this!
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07/27/2006 02:45:53 PM
:-) I just got finished making pancakes with my 13 year old son. He kind of looked like that -- interactive cooking.

I agree with everyone's suggestion of making the photo off centered to the right. I'd stick with the horizontal layout as the portrait will diminish the black backgrounds effect. You've mastered the black background very well.

In your "Photographer's Comments" section let us know what you used for the cracked look. Inquiring minds will want to know.
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07/27/2006 02:13:19 PM
Great Photo!!! I love the eyes!
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07/27/2006 01:47:19 PM
I'm not sure what I think about the crop, but I don't think it'd have the same punch if it was in portrait.
The whites of your eyes look not-quite-completely white to me (I know you were shooting this for the B&W in colour challenge) but I think I'd completely desat the whole thing so your eyes aren't still slightly coloured.
Anywayz. =) Me likes.
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07/27/2006 01:40:40 PM
REALLY cool Idea just amazing stuff.. i like the face expression alot, the shoulder fade at the bottom just a very well done picture. Nice work!!
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07/27/2006 01:35:52 PM
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07/27/2006 01:22:54 PM
I like it. I am not sure if I agree with everyone about off-center being better - i kinda like it that way - but I think maybe a little closer would look better and give more details on your face.
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07/27/2006 12:59:32 PM
Very cool, what did you rub on yourself? Looks like it could be an ad for a horror movie. Personally I like the crop because the overwhelming amount of black ads to the freakiness. You should post another one with your eyes completely blacked out ;)

Message edited by author 2006-07-27 13:00:30.
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07/27/2006 12:54:37 PM
Nice image, but in my view calls for portrait orientation, or, as some have suggested, a different composition. Also, as for the "makeup", how about leaving the goop out of your hair? Might look neat...
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07/27/2006 12:43:23 PM
Very cool. I like it a lot. I also think a different crop would work better for me. I would go portrait orientation, pretty close, fairly off center. I played with it a little, and I kinda like a 4 degree CCW rotate on it as well. Great pic!
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07/27/2006 12:40:10 PM
GREAT job, esp. for your first self portrait. Your eyes really stand out. Agree that an off-centered crop would make it even better.
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07/27/2006 12:39:57 PM
I agree with doctornick. Maybe try a re-crop to have you off centred a bit. Nice overall contrast. Well done!
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07/27/2006 12:32:44 PM
Cool shot, B & W conversion is well done. Only nit pick is the centered composition...Might be better slightly off centre or completely centered with a square crop.
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07/27/2006 12:31:38 PM
Hauntingly beautiful. I like it!

edited to say: It's even WAY more impressive after reading that you didnt use a remote for this. great job!

Message edited by author 2006-07-27 12:33:12.
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