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Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2007

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Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/03/2007 02:34:39 PM
a most interesting shot...a pose meant to intimidate, and yet in the eyes is the fear of not really being able to stand-up to his own needs...the eyes hold the truth and for this reason it is all that much more interesting...
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05/03/2007 12:37:12 AM
First thought: the author is experimenting. What looks like an unusual perspective is not really unusual. The shift in the colour hue takes away personality from this shot, making it decorative. I can imagine seeing something like this hanging in the Gap; it looks trendy and somewhat glamorous in the Calvin Klein way. The purpose of the heavy black frame is unknown, as this shot won't work for an obituary.
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05/02/2007 11:25:52 PM
First thought from thumbnail - Terminator. Or maybe the Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno era). I think it's the line of the brow that cinches it. On full view, I'm feeling kind of thwarted by the shadow over the eye, despite the fact that it makes for a dramatic and sinister caricature. I feel like I want to take this, apply shadow/highlight, and then maybe re-concoct some shadows and ambiguous malice around the eyes, but I'm talking about a knowing, Victoria's secret kind of revelation, not this man in the iron skivvies.. er.. mask.
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05/02/2007 10:06:15 PM
This is a bit creepy..like a mad crazy stalker...except your eyes seem to betray you. There isn't any cruelty there.

I am a little distracted by the bright spot on the right top corner.
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05/02/2007 08:09:32 PM
Like a photo taken by those secret cameras inside bank ATM machines. It looks more like an invasion of privacy than some sort of self-portrait.
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04/28/2007 07:05:26 PM
(from forum)

Damn, I was going to try to do some work, then I saw this one. I'll do this one then I'll do an hour of work :)

This image is striking to say the least. If you were trying to make the viewer feel that an unhappy guy is invading his/her space, you did it well. I'm assuming this is a self-portrait, at least from what I saw on your profile. You could scare young children with that look.

This is one of those images where the thumbnail is almost better than the full-size version. It just feels like some of the technicals aren't quite there. To pull this off, you need an angry look (check), harsh (hard) lighting (check), selective focus (check -- is that the filter on the image's page?), and some sharply in focus eyes (almost check). I really, really want to see the eyes in super detail (and the appropriate part of the face/nose as well, which is close). That would give the feeling of someone getting so close you can't focus on anything but his eyes, and he is close enough you can see the pores on his nose. The right eye, in particular, seems soft, but the left does too.

If this is a self-portrait, than yeah, that focus is hard to get because you can't line it up. If you are taking a photo of someone else, switch to a single focus point, focus on their lower eye, reframe, and shoot. Alternatively, that might be due to a shutter speed that was slightly too long and the model moved.

Other things that could improve the image: I feel the face is a bit overexposed and the eyes are too dark. The overexposure works well, actually, and I think you should keep it. If you took it again try to get a smaller tonal range by increasing the fill light around the eyes (maybe a piece of paper reflecting from under the camera?) and expose everything a little less. The paper/reflector also might put a nasty little glint in the eye too. Then apply the overexposure to the face in post-processing using curves if desired. It'd just give you a little more flexibility in processing if you don't blow the highlights out.

If the out of focus regions are from a soft-filter, keep it -- it is working really well. Just preserve the eye focus because that's where your viewer will be looking.

Other comments -- the background is appropriate -- I actually like it darker on the right and lighter on the left. Are you holding the camera with your left arm? The border bugs me because it is uneven... silly, I know, but it'd be nice if it was the same size all around.

Summary: so, yeah, I said a lot, but lets be honest -- the picture is really close to perfect as it is. Very unsettling.

Message edited by author 2007-04-29 14:26:05.
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04/26/2007 04:06:55 PM
This is creepy. Particularly creepy is the fact that I can see part of the right eye but not the left eye. That is very disconcerting, and adds interest to the shot. In fact, that's my favorite thing about the shot, the most original thing.

Not quite as blindingly original, but still great, are the shadows which you leave good and dark. They form interesting shapes which really add to the composition, and subtly work against the symmetry (which is dull. symmetry must always be fought against).

Also creepy is the smooth, oily way the narrow DOF works. The subject seems to slide out of focus in an oozy way.

I sense potentially dangerous insanity rather than malice. The one-eye effect keeps me from imagining a peaceful resolution to his thoughts.
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04/25/2007 09:53:02 AM
It's soft which is fine. It tempers the gravity of your look. The eyes are enough in focus to convey a message. Well done.
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04/22/2007 07:32:15 PM
Very moody and sinister (spell?)!
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04/22/2007 06:16:18 PM
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04/22/2007 06:15:51 PM
this does look like a still from a film. i like the tight crop on your face and the lighting is working really well to enhance the mood of this picture. very nice.
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04/22/2007 06:10:38 PM
This is great, could be a still from a movie. It's both moody and interesting which I think works well.
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