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I must apologize for not being around much lately. I'm having terrible health problems. I also apologize for not commenting too much, I can't really be of much help. i hope my votes mean something though.

I wanted to do something very dramatic on my first self portrait. Maybe to portray a fierce, rugged look, or maybe this is just the way I'm feeling lately. Sorry if is not good enough for portraiture.Tongue

Just used one light to bring up a dramatic look and give the skin a more rugged look.

Hope you like it. It's my first one. Critiques welcome and also your modifications.

Enrique

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:35.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Feb 2012 - 5:26 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Fierce
Username:enricopardo enricopardo
Uploaded:3 Feb 2012 - 5:24 AM
Tags:Portraits / people, Selfportraiture, Specialist / abstract
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 5:31 AM

A very good self portrait of the serious kind. Sorry to hear you haven't been well. Hope it improves soon.............Sandy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 6:08 AM

I am no authority whatever on portraiture, but I think you have achieved in this first self portrait what you set out for.......the rather fierce, perhaps intimidating look, the low side lighting and the gaze off camera both contributing to that. The fact that there is no b/g whatever, just your face appearing out of the darkness adds to that end too.
Even as a thumbnail, this is a striking image to my way of thinking.
Others on site who are more versed with this genre of photography will I'm sure offer you a more professional crit.
Sorry to hear of your health problems, Enrique, from which I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
Regards, Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 6:24 AM

A stunning portrait, Enrique, superb lighting, an image to be proud of. I do hope that you will soon be feeling a lot better. Carol

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
3 Feb 2012 - 6:53 AM

Cracking candid portrait ,very well taken..........Grin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 7:07 AM

Very dramatic and effective portraiture here. I have uploaded a couple of mods just playing with the colour to effect a slightly different mood. They are not better, just different.

I hope your health issues are resolved soon.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 3 Feb 2012 - 7:07 AM

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 7:49 AM

Sorry to hear about the health problems, hope you recover soon and feel much better. I think you achieved what you intended to get, it's a powerful portrait, I also like the black background which enhances the seriousness. Well done!

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franken
franken e2 Member 113054 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 7:55 AM

Impressive self portrait.

Ken

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 8:14 AM

A very dramatic image ...
Everything about this has done what you wanted.
Great tash!!!
Sorry to hear about your health problems . I sincerly hope they will improve.

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enricopardo
3 Feb 2012 - 8:31 AM

Thanks everyone for your support, I really appreciate it! Grin

I love the modification Lynne, especially the way you cropped it. Many thanks again.

Enrique

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 8:37 AM

Well worked with the lighting here Enrique, sorry to hear that you are have a few health issue
Regards Richard

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 9:25 AM

Self-portraits take courage... I like the strength and resilience in this, it says defiant rather than fierce to me. Maybe that's a response to your problems? I hope that your health improves soon.
Lynne's crop is classically more correct, I guess. But it also reduces the 'Here I stand' impact of central placement.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 3 Feb 2012 - 9:26 AM

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 9:59 AM

Strong and determined in adversity, an intrepid polar explorer in the Shackleton mould. So the monochrome and the steady gaze are essential; the single light-source ditto.
Excellent tones, detail and mono conversion.
Sorry to hear about the ill-health: getting over the problems is more important than commenting on our photographs!
Bill

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 432 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 11:02 AM

Very dramatic portrait - hope your health improves soon - Carole

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iconik
iconik  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 11:07 AM

a great sense of drama created by the strong use of lighting. I particularly like the contrast in textures that you've achieved between the skin and roughness of the beard

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 12:33 PM

I cannot take as good a portrait shot of someone else, let alone myself. I think it's brilliant mate. Hope you start to feel better soon.

Barry

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twelvemegs
3 Feb 2012 - 2:15 PM

Outstanding self-portrait.
I like the Tones, lighting and expression.
Hope you start to feel better soon.

David

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2798 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2012 - 5:19 PM

Hope you feel better Enrico. Its a shot that does what you want, - though needs to be sharper, and I loaded a mod.



regards


Willie

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
3 Feb 2012 - 5:50 PM

A great dramtic light , I do like this self portrait . Very well done and I hope that you will get better

Peter

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Chinga
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3 Feb 2012 - 6:00 PM

It's a great portrait! I am happy to be number 30th voter!
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
IB

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2012 - 8:55 AM

well it is full of drama, the dark tones and high contrast add to this effect. Hope you feel well soon.

Linda

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gonzalito
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4 Feb 2012 - 4:01 PM

for a first self portrait, it's not bad Wink !
well done!

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gonzalito
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4 Feb 2012 - 4:03 PM

oh ... and dont' worry about the comments; i'm personally not too bothered about either votes or comments. it's nice to get them and they are very welcome but it's just as ok not to get anything - most important is to enjoy what you doing, i think!

Hope you get well soon!

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2012 - 6:06 PM

The lighting works well with your title and has had the desired effect. I hope you will recover soon from whatever is causing you health problems.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4521 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 3:30 PM

Great self-portrait !!....brave fella' !!!........lovely dramatic lighting to accentuate the 'mood' !!

The only thing that I would add to the previous comments is to add some catch-lights to the eyes !, particularly your
left eye, which is a black disc....& catchlights would really give the shot a touch more 'oomph' ?????

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enricopardo
5 Feb 2012 - 7:22 PM


Quote: Great self-portrait !!....brave fella' !!!........lovely dramatic lighting to accentuate the 'mood' !!

The only thing that I would add to the previous comments is to add some catch-lights to the eyes !, particularly your
left eye, which is a black disc....& catchlights would really give the shot a touch more 'oomph' ?????

Thanks Keith and everyone. Fact is I don't even know the vocabulary yet, like the types of lights. Honestly, I need to get more info on lights, but you are right. I can see the problem with the eyes. I will try again when I get more lights and know more about it.

Thanks for all the feedback!

Enrique

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6 Feb 2012 - 7:54 PM

An excellent self portrait Enrique, I hope your health improves, all the best, Ed

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BURNBLUE
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7 Feb 2012 - 10:58 PM

Good mono.. get better soon.

Si.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 8:51 PM

I hope you are feeling better.
I like your portrait here -- very nice, deep B&W tonalities.
-=\Walter

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Suehh
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17 Feb 2012 - 7:18 PM

I know nothing of portraiture (or not much else to be honest) but I do know when I like something and this I really do like, very much.

I hope you feel better soon. Sue

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