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Challenge: Freedom II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: basement studio
Date: Jul 10, 2004
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Emotive, Action
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2004

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Place: 14 out of 140
Avg (all users): 6.0170
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7162
Avg (non-participants): 6.2353
Views since voting: 1421
Views during voting: 319
Votes: 176
Comments: 24
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/25/2004 09:01:55 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This is a very good self-portrait. It's striking but has a light-hearted feel. I'm not sure if that was the effect you intended but that's how I see it. It could be because I've grown familiar with your self-portraits which generally seem to be done with a certain amount of humor.

The greys have a pleasing, warm tone. I particularly like the warmth and detail of the skin texture that you managed to capture on the left arm. I'd like to see a bit more detail in the left arm. Perhaps a bit more detail to the darks at the top of the frame so that the hair isn't totally absorbed into the black background. I think perhaps a little bit more light on the left side; not so much as to lose the mood--just enough to bring out a bit more of the eye. Looking at it in PS, it is not quite as dark, so it might just be the differences in monitors. What I see on DPC is a startling highlight in the eye but much of the rest of the detail is lost in darkness.

Really, this is a pretty great photo. The things I've mentioned are just nitpicks after carefully perusing the photo for an in-depth critique. I'm not really sure how much I'm supposed to discuss how well the photo met the challenge. When I saw this during the voting, I felt it met the challenge in a creative way but was perhaps a bit challenging for the average voter. I don't think that has much bearing on the quality of the photo, which is quite good.

Thanks for sharing it.

07/19/2004 02:07:41 PM
I really thought this would of been in top 5, very orginal and creative!
07/19/2004 12:45:45 AM
I really thought this was headed for the very top. It is a fantastic picture with grit and humor. Congratulations on your high placing.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/18/2004 11:55:54 PM
Wonderful use of the challenge theme...hope you didn't damage your pearly whites on that chain! :o)
07/18/2004 10:30:35 PM

If you are expressing something, it is lost on me.
07/18/2004 06:51:28 PM
powerful image, like the use of b/w
07/17/2004 08:01:07 PM
Man I really love your work, I give it a 9, the lighting on your right arm are bit too much.
07/17/2004 04:20:17 AM
love it, totally bizzare 9
07/16/2004 09:43:52 PM
if you put yourself in all the pictures people know who you are. I like the one in th emiddle of the road in the snowstorm or the candid self protrait from 2 weeks ago better.
07/14/2004 08:14:24 PM
Very original and well done.
07/14/2004 08:13:44 PM
This is hi-larious. Sometimes you just feel this way brotha. I love the chains, great job, made me laugh :P 10
07/14/2004 01:49:39 PM
Very good.
07/13/2004 02:47:15 PM
Awesome. Original. Bizzarre.
07/13/2004 12:27:42 PM
Freedom or insanity? I think this is over the top for the challenge.
07/13/2004 04:38:09 AM
This face looks familiar, I just can't place it. Must have been when I was drunk at a party or something :))) Good one Mehmet !
07/13/2004 12:46:38 AM
hahaha. your self portraits are the best. i can't image how big the collection you have of them will be in a few years. you'll have to start your own museum or something. i love your experimentation with expressions and moods. they are often meaningful and whimsical at the same time. keep up the great work.
07/12/2004 05:47:59 PM
freakin cool....!!!!!! this is or has to b one of the top.
07/12/2004 03:12:31 PM
hmmmm that title...
07/12/2004 09:37:55 AM
hi mehmet...yes this is scary but beyond that....................I love the form and the contrast on the face. From left to right it is almost as if there is a split personality going on, although they both look psychotic. This is most definitely a thought provoking image. Awesome. 8.
07/12/2004 04:05:48 AM
Easily the best pic of the challenge - well composed and extreamly good lighting. Dramtic and effective. 10 and I hope / think you will win!
07/12/2004 12:34:09 AM
07/12/2004 12:27:28 AM
This is just insane, I love it!
07/12/2004 12:26:05 AM
Very storng impressive picture, great job - 10 :)
07/12/2004 12:23:30 AM
Great job! 9

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