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Those Teenage Years
Those Teenage Years

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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Branford, Connecticut
Date: Nov 28, 2007
Galleries: Self Portrait, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2007

Yes, I'm a young one... but I love photography and that's why I'm here! I'm PRAYING for something above a 5! (I haven't done so well so far... but I'm definitely still learning!)

I didn't really do anything to this picture except crop, resize and clone out a few spots on my shoe and the (don't laugh) staples in my pants... (I'm 5'1 so pants tend to be a little long and I've found that stapling them is an efficient way to not destroy them till I can hem them... or get my mom to! =D) So, I'm not too keen on the crop on my head, but I was using a chapstick to hold my camera up and I guess it wasn't QUITE high enough...

Any comments are welcome! Help me improve, I promise I won't take them offensively! Thanks! I hope I do well!

Place: 147 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.4140
Avg (commenters): 6.0500
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Votes: 314
Comments: 24
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12/12/2007 10:40:43 AM
Like with yellowish, college-ish would be an adjective hinting to a somewhat college feel of this shot. I don't know why I thought this would be a college instead of a house, maybe because of the jeans (if I girl in my place has these kind of jeans, she'd definitely be in college), or maybe becuase of the empty floor. It could have been the sad face (I think it's sad because it feels homesick, and it feels homesick because it's looking out of the window).

I'l like to recommend again what Michael has said: experiment with lights. I guess you can get a couple of compact fluorescent table lamps and place them behind and sideways, so as to paint the scene with light. The point is seeing the light. A good (and very difficult) excercise would be getting rid of the reflections. Can you put a light source outside?
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12/11/2007 08:57:24 AM
You should have removed some of the yellow
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12/10/2007 05:35:58 AM
I think your image portrays the title well (it tells a story), I like the depth of field, and the use of the window to show your reflection. Some simple things I would change to make this picture pop would be the lighting, levels and contrast.

With the lighting I would add some lighting behind you. That would add an interesting effect with the wall behind you lighting up but without any shadows of you on it. I don't know what that would do to your reflection however. Might have to experiment with that.

I would adjust the levels and contracts to make the whites white. The baseboard just doesn’t appear to be a true color.

Overall I think it is a great picture. Good luck in the scoring.
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12/09/2007 10:08:35 PM
Great camera angle and composition. Plain lighting and minimal PP add to the mood. Left hand pose seems contrived (shutter release cable?) Bumping up to 8.
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12/09/2007 07:04:25 PM
Good composition. Work on the color cast.
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12/09/2007 03:45:29 PM
Interesting perspective and the way the subject matter is presented reminds me of the work of Nan Goldin. I think the title is a bit overkill though. This is an image that is speaking for itself.
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12/09/2007 09:22:31 AM
interesting aov
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12/09/2007 09:08:05 AM
nice shot
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12/09/2007 02:58:19 AM
Very college-ish, although, since shoes are already on my face, don't get me wrong, I don't mind it, but, since something is already so strongly there, why not having some other photos on the wall as well? Its emptiness bothers me. I like the expression on the face, I like it a lot.
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12/08/2007 09:44:47 PM
Nice perspective. Moody feel. This would look a lot better in B & W.
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12/07/2007 10:05:54 PM
Idea and composition are nice. Colors are not giving me the feeling in this photo as much as the subject. I think I rather see the face focused more than hands. Good story, sad but it is there.
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12/06/2007 03:41:26 PM
You need someone to make you smile when you're taking pictures. Sorry, had to say something about your expression. I like this angle and pose; it's kind of like a "mouses eye view"! BB
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12/06/2007 01:41:18 PM
You obviously lack the necessary lighting to make this look really good, but all the ingredients are there for a great shot - your creativity and composition are very good. Keep it up!
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12/06/2007 09:10:07 AM
nice perspective and emotion - check your dof
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12/06/2007 06:23:38 AM
Nice perspective.
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12/05/2007 10:49:54 PM
Great perspective, and I love the reflection looking back at you in double.
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12/05/2007 08:15:47 PM
This is great. I remember feeling like that as a teenager. Well done.
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12/05/2007 06:17:59 PM
Nice capture of mood.
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12/05/2007 05:04:51 PM
I love the pic
only things I'd check is the white balance & levels, especially on the face
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12/05/2007 02:23:09 PM
Nicely moody, w/ a touch of the old "Keep on Truckin" motif.
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12/05/2007 11:48:55 AM
I think the DOF works nicely on your SP. The lighting seems to be a bit off on the face, but the expression and idea is great. Nice job.
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12/05/2007 11:11:11 AM
way to really capture a true moment
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12/05/2007 07:33:03 AM
There is a guy in another picture you need to meet. Put on a great big smile and order a pizza!
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12/05/2007 05:12:00 AM
why the sad face? I'd love to be a teenager again! I'm missing some sharpness on the face.
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