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I took this shot in my bathroom, as there are no windows to allow any light in. The camera was set for a 15 second exposure at f8.
Having light switch & camera within reach, I turned off the light, opened the shutter, popped the flash manually at arms length in front, then turned around & popped the flash again.
It took a few attempts to get it right!
Just a little touch of lunacy creeping in...

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D60 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Aug 2012 - 11:02 PM
Focal Length:36mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Self Portrait 2
Username:RichardMc RichardMc
Uploaded:23 Aug 2012 - 8:35 PM
Tags:Black & white, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
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pablophotographer
23 Aug 2012 - 9:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi,

I think the first one was a more successful attempt mainly because both faces were of the same size and were looking to the same direction. Are you happy with the pic? Leave it as it is. If you would like to manipulate it slightly, I would have decreased the face on the right so that it ends up looking to the same direction with the face on the left (supposedly looking at the same thing).

Darkness becomes less unknown if you can find your way around it. I ould suggest to use little tricks that can help you position yourself. In this case it could be that the distance from the background is an arm's stretch for example. Your next best friend though could be the light itself, practice the moves whist lights are turned on, if you have no helper to turn on and off the lights of the bathroom. last, your best friend is the camera itself, being digital you don't waste film whist experimenting.

As I had said on the previous picture, it's good to see someone doing the less ordinary. Bravo.

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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53626 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 9:59 PM

Super shot with 2 amazing expressions - love it.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 10:14 PM

I agree with pablophotographer that the first upload was more successful, my thinking being that it appeared less contrived, less posturing. But I love both, and what you are doing. There's a passion and a sense of fun, commitment here. I am bored with careful, correct, play-it-by-the-rules photography, we need more sense of adventure. And again, even disregarding the procedural details, this is seriously good self-portraiture, not an easy genre.
Moira

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RichardMc
RichardMc  3 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 - 11:24 PM

Thank you for your comments & advice Smile
As you can imagine I took quite a few shots, with various different expressions & positions; ending up with half a dozen shots that I considered to be good.
The previous shot that I posted is, of course, my personal favourite; hence posting it first.

I take your point Pablo, about the faces being the same size, but part of the idea was to create the shot with minimal manipulation. I have cropped & obviously converted to b/w, but more than that & I may as well take two separate shots & join them.
The ideas about practising the moves beforehand I like, & I could use physical markers to help get the position right. as that was really the hardest part of the operation!

Again many thanks for your input...Greatly appreciated Grin

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4596 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 3:54 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!.....whatever it is, put it away, or stamp on it !!!!!!!.WinkSmile

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