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This is my only other one from my self-portrait experimentation this weekend which made it through (barely). The rest (5 other shots) were poor and found their way swirling down the virtual sinkhole.

Title:Into The Light
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:10 Sep 2006 - 11:38 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
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fresh_orange
11 Sep 2006 - 12:01 AM

Nice one. Not easy to do decent self portraits

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Sus
Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 12:03 AM

I think this is almost there for me, but not quite. I really like the lighting on this, the texture and detail great. The highlights on the nose and cheek are a bit too strong though. I think it looks as though you will have a very interesting portfolio - will keep an eye on it!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 12:11 AM

Thank you so much, you two.

And Sus, yep, I know what you mean. This is just 'almost there for me too'. In fact it almost didn't go on. A bit too harsh. But I decided to upload it anyway.

Thanks again for the comments, both of you. I love learning and the encouragement helps a lot too.

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carlyn
carlyn  8
11 Sep 2006 - 12:12 AM

good lighting & expression!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 3:39 AM

Thanks, Carlyn. I've just been looking through your portfolio and it is AWESOME. I've bookmarked it and am looking forward to seeing more of your brilliance.

[why does it look like there are more than two 'l's in 'brilliance' there?! - I think I need some sleep...]

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JohnHorne
JohnHorne  91023 forum posts
11 Sep 2006 - 12:43 PM

Interesting treatment which has given an almost metallic look. Might be inclined to move the subject a bit to the right within the frame, but still worth a click.

John

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 1:17 PM

Thanks, John.

I WAS fighting with myself BIG TIME over the crop. The original was in the middle of the frame and it stood really well like that.

Then I thought I'd cut off the left to give the sense of me having moved through the dark up to the source of the light - which could be a window or something.

The metallic look was from lots of fiddling with lightness, brightness, gamma correction and contrast.

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tarara
tarara  8
11 Sep 2006 - 1:23 PM

I like it. The starkness works for what you have created. Have you tried moving the image down toward the bottom right corner a bit to give the light farther to travel? Yvonne

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 1:42 PM

Hmmm...that's a possibility too, actually. I was trying to go for a different composition from the previous pic and therefore didn't wanna place it in the bottom right. BUT, you're right - that would work here too. It'd be like I was sitting in the corner and looking up at a high window across the room.

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BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 4:58 PM

Thought invoking image, well thought out!

Simon.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 5:01 PM

Thank you Simon!

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uggyy
uggyy  82104 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 5:18 PM

Works well for me, Im undecided on the title on the picture but thats my personal taste.

Techicaly the picture works well, agree with more impact if slightly more central but not much more..

Tommy

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YvonneKTurner
11 Sep 2006 - 5:31 PM

Into the light we all become white. Light is a common grounding factor for everyone so I quite like the title. Lovely tonal quality so well done Chiliman and thanks for clicking on mine. Yvonne

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 6:01 PM

Hey Tommy...what would you have titled the picture?

"Into The Light" was the first thing which popped into my head and so I (probably from laziness or just tiredness from having worked on that pic to make it lookable-at!) just went with it.

I'd really like to know what you think, though. I love alternative viewpoints.


And Yvonne, thanks for what you said about the tonality. Hope Harry's happy and bounding about.

Andrew

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TopsyTopping
11 Sep 2006 - 6:44 PM

Lovely texture to this shot andrew, it works well in the left of the shot but i would like to see it over to the right a bit more with more space on the left!

Topsy Smile

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
11 Sep 2006 - 7:09 PM

A lovely capture with great lighting.
Christine

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2006 - 12:51 AM

Spacepn the left is how I frost thought of this image need more canvas on the left, what has really impressed me is your use of color on the face-- fantastic manipulation there! Excellent! jennnnnnnn

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2006 - 7:10 AM

Thanks so much, ladies.

And Jen, the only colour I used was blue! (lol) I pushed that a bit and it somehow did things with my skin colour. The rest of the manipulation was a whole lot of pulling and pushing with lightness, contrast and gamma correction (don't know what that is but it makes things darker or lighter in a nice way).

Andrew

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Chocwendy
Chocwendy  8 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 - 9:28 AM

Andrew, i can't fault this! Love all of it!
Well done and thanks for your kind comments!
Wenz

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 - 9:11 PM

I like this one more than yesterdays.... love the way you've manipulated it to create the focus on the main areas of the face, well thought out and great presentation.
thanks for all your kind comments on my pics.. interesting reading Smile
Karen

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2006 - 9:18 AM

Thanks, Wendy and Karen!

Andrew

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2006 - 3:59 PM

I really like the look of meditation and serenity on your face,brilliant lighting and exposure.Take care.AnnSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2006 - 4:05 PM

Wow...thank you, Ann!

Andrew Smile)

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
13 Sep 2006 - 4:19 PM

Cracking image Andrew, well done

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2006 - 12:45 AM

Cheers, Alan. I was pleasantly surprised by how this turned out.

Andrew

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User_Removed
16 Sep 2006 - 9:03 PM

this shows a peacful face enjoying the rays of light, what a soft gentle expression, Andrew.

thanks for the comments

dianne

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2006 - 3:05 AM

Aw, what a nice comment. Thanks, Dianne.

Andrew

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malarszk
malarszk  825 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2006 - 7:48 PM

thanks for your comments...really appreciated....and this is a great portrait too.....the lighting is superb especially with the slight blue tinge!

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8439 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2006 - 9:35 PM

sorry i missed this 'next one' you did, i prefer it to the first as it has a much more serene feel to it Wink

jo

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ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2006 - 4:32 AM

Thank you both!

Jo, people seem to prefer this one but I've always liked the other one!...lol


Andrew

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