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This my personal favorite in a series of self portraits that I took a few days ago. I was trying self-portraits for the first time. What I was going for was a somewhat sad, yet hopeful look, and I wanted to get across that it was very cold out. My fence was the best background I could find, so I used that.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jan 2012 - 3:56 PM
Focal Length:25.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.3
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Self Portrait
Username:Annabel_Lee Annabel_Lee
Uploaded:3 Dec 2011 - 11:17 PM
Tags:Portraits / people, Self portrait
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Lynamick
Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 1:18 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think that this photo was well thought out and it is a very good try at a hard task. Portraiture is always open to a lot of different opinions.
Personally I like to crop in tight making the sitter the only point of interest, unless I am trying to show character by including a work place.
My mod will hopefully show you what I mean. I have brought out the catch-lights in the eyes to give more life. Also I lightened the hair a little. The face with the way the light falls on it is marred a little around the nose, otherwise I believe that you have achieved the look that you wanted. Well done.
I hope that I have been some help.

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Annabel_Lee
4 Dec 2011 - 2:19 AM


Quote: I think that this photo was well thought out and it is a very good try at a hard task. Portraiture is always open to a lot of different opinions.
Personally I like to crop in tight making the sitter the only point of interest, unless I am trying to show character by including a work place.
My mod will hopefully show you what I mean. I have brought out the catch-lights in the eyes to give more life. Also I lightened the hair a little. The face with the way the light falls on it is marred a little around the nose, otherwise I believe that you have achieved the look that you wanted. Well done.
I hope that I have been some help.

Thank you for viewing and for critiquing! I don't have much experience, so any advice and critique is welcome. I see what you mean about the tighter crop being preferable, and I like your modifications. Smile
Thanks again,
Annabel

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84283 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 7:18 AM

Hi Annabel, welcome to EPZ! Smile

A gorgeous self portrait - I find them really difficult to do! Just a tiny bit soft in the eye area. When you've processed your image and have resized it for upload, just give it a little bit of a sharpening (resizing does tend to soften details). This is a lovely initial upload and I shall look forward to seeing more.

Because you have ticked the 'Critique' box we are not allowed to vote on this image, but you will get some honest and in depth opinions - I would have voted for this one if I could! Grin

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 7:51 AM

A fine attempt at a self portrait. It does appear that your skin tones are a little washed out which suggests that you have not exposed for the skin, I have tried, perhaps not too successfully, to correct this is a mod. Karen is correct about the sharpening.

Albert

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 8:03 AM

Self portraits are difficult. Technically, this is rather good, but I would crop - even tighter than the mods. There is something to be said for what you have presented using a lot of space to suite the theme - however, the stronger image is a tight crop with top, left and bottom trims, (too much jumper) to concentrate on your face. Retain the landscape format.

Paul

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 8:33 AM

Hi Annabel, welcome to EPZ and the Junior Gallery from me too Smile

You have had some great critique and modifications, I hope you think they're helpful Smile

So I won't add anything except that I would describe your expression as wistful - definitely a cross between hope and sadness, so you certainly achieved what you set out to do here Smile

Fran x
Section Editor, Junior Gallery

PS - I would have voted for this too, if I had been able! Grin

Last Modified By MrsS at 4 Dec 2011 - 8:34 AM

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Annabel_Lee
4 Dec 2011 - 4:57 PM

@KarenFB: Thank you for the welcome! I have already found that, as you said, self portraits are very difficult. Still, I only have myself and family as models at the moment, so I work with what I have! Thank you for your suggestion about sharpening; I will remember it. What photo editing software do you use? At the moment, I use Picasa and occasionally Gimp. I am saving up for Adobe Photoshop Elements, as it seems to be the most popular program.

@fentiger: Thank you! I'm afraid I do not know what you mean by "exposed for the skin." I haven't been into photography very long and there are a lot of terms I need to learn. Could you give me some tips, or links for tips, on how to do this?

@paulbroad: Thanks for the tip! I have been looking at other photographers' portraits, and find that most of them are cropped more tightly than my photo. I will remember that.

@MrsS: Thanks for the welcome! Yes, I do find the comments helpful - I'm glad to hear from more experienced photographers! I'm certainly glad I joined this website for that!

Again, thank you all!
~ Annabel

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 6:56 PM

Ive looked at this shot a few times, and although its been well critiqued, and theres a number of mods, self portraits like this are so difficult I had to add a mod of my own, and some comments that I hope dont repeat anyones prior.


Its first off very good, and conveys the feeling you want.

Ideally the background needs to be more out of focus.

Sharpen your re sized image before you upload, as your face/eyes are a little soft.


That said, - I like it, and loaded a mod, a little complex treatment of the background to make it not look like a fence, and to accentuate the feeling of cold.


I hope you like it, and the square crop.


If you want to know anything about how the background is done, just let me know.



Regards


Willie

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84283 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 6:30 PM

I am really sorry for not coming back sooner!!


Quote: What photo editing software do you use?

I have heard the free ones you can download are good, but I've never actually looked at them. I use Photoshop Elements 9. I must admit I've had no lessons on using Photoshop, so anything I do is very basic! There are lots of tutorials on EPZ though and I'm sure I'll improve with time! Smile

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