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My first experiment with self-portraiture (profile pic not counting!) and lighting.

I took several shots last night in my room. There was me sitting on the bed, the camera sitting on a tripod - flash disabled, and my little bendy clip-on reading light (the type you clip onto a book while youíre reading in bed) shining a little light on my face from the right.

When I looked at the shots on the computer, they were mostly all black. But once I pushed lightness (not brightness) up to 100%, I appeared in the picture. Just barely, though. I fiddled with gamma correction and contrast and liked what I ended up with.

It looked - to me - like someone hiding in a basement from, say, a hostile alien invasion. Or just someone hiding from any threat closing in, really.

Iím thinking of doing a short series on these. Gonna go fiddle with the other shots now and see if I have anything there.

Hope youíve all been having a great weekend!

Andrew

Title:They Are Coming...
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:10 Sep 2006 - 10:39 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
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BigBenn
BigBenn  8
10 Sep 2006 - 11:04 AM

I Like the idea. If your going to go along the lines of someone hiding in a basement, maybe try having a slit of light, either vertical or horizontal, as if it were coming in from the edges of a door, and maybe have a little more expresion on your face. I look forward to seeing the next ones. Alex

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 11:10 AM

very ominous and emotive, worked well!

jo

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Alex. So nice of you to take the time. Although, I'll be honest...I wasn't going for a basement thing or anything! (lol)

I basically thought I'd try my hand at self-portraits and low light and see what happened. The moment I arrived at this final image, my first thought was someone hiding in a bunker. But I didn't wanna give the pic a war slant and so I went with someone looking out a basement window at menacing creatures closing in.

But I'm so glad you mentioned the slits of light...'cos I'd like to try that as well as light coming in through my blinds.

As for the rest of this series, most were poor and so I chucked 'em.

There are two I'm happy with (one not so much but it'll still go up) so those will go up tomorrow and Tuesday.

Thanks again, Alex.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 12:26 PM

Thank you, Jo! I like that you found it ominous!! I wasn't sure how it would go down it being so dark 'n' all...but it lost too much when I tried to brighten it.

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andrewrobson
10 Sep 2006 - 1:20 PM

Very well done on your first self portrait... I like it. Also just read your PF: welcome back to the magic of photography and keep at it.
Andrew

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 1:43 PM

Awww...thanks so much, Andrew.

And now that I'm done thanking myself...

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BruceC
BruceC  9171 forum posts
10 Sep 2006 - 2:13 PM

Subtle - very subtle.

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PatrickSmith
10 Sep 2006 - 4:11 PM

There is a certain aura of mystery in this portrait. Who know what lurks off to the left of the frame!
Patrick

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PLCimagery e2 Member 877 forum postsPLCimagery vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 7:53 PM

great effect!
pete

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 - 8:09 PM

Great 1st portrait... lighting effect worked really well added to the mystery of puzzling what you were looking at lol Smile
Karen

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 11:30 PM

Thank you SO much for all your comments. So encouraging!!

Although, the rest of the shots I took were pretty useless (except for one other)...but hey, 2 out of 7 ain't bad. Besides, it was fun trying it out.

Ok...gonna upload the other one now!

Andrew

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MarieL
MarieL  7
11 Sep 2006 - 4:48 PM

I think this photo is great.I agree with you that photography opens your eyes to the world around you.It's great you've rediscovered it.I agree this is a smashing site and offers loads of encouragement, inspiration and advice to novices like me.Thanks too for your support.
Marie

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2006 - 8:34 PM

I gotta tell you, Marie...for a novice, you have a fantastic sense and feel of light. The pictures of your niece, your bro and Hamish illustrate this.

Looking forward to more from you!

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vlaaitje
vlaaitje  7 Netherlands
4 Feb 2007 - 11:32 PM

gorgeous...perfect expression

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