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I thought that I would post a photo that is a bit out of my comfort zone, with no fuss, no frills, and no glamour. Here I am after a day at the office, with no makeup and my hair pulled back in an untidy bun, the real me.

Camera:Canon Digital Rebel, 450d
Lens:Canon 50mm 1:1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:bare
Username:beckas beckas
Uploaded:21 Jul 2009 - 4:55 AM
Tags:General, Portraits / people
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 5:55 AM

Love the "Real" you,excellent light and toning in all,number 2 best for me.
Tom.

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StephenBrighton

Version 2 really works well because, for me, brings out your eyes beautifully

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ToothPilot
21 Jul 2009 - 8:10 AM

I love the tonal value of V2.
Very pleasing image, with nice contrast between browns eyes and green background.
Hendrik

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Trout_Man
Trout_Man  5 Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 8:38 AM

To say what I see ! you look sad in this one ! V2 for me lovely eye contact and more detail Smile

Geoff.

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freybird
freybird  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 8:47 AM

Very brave sp! Geoff

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2009 - 9:06 AM

Great shot, i allso like V2 the best.
Dave

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andmolliethedog
21 Jul 2009 - 9:07 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I find this totaly refreshing and one of the most beautiful self portaits I have seen on here for years..has a warmth and softness that just gets to you.
The head tilt and eye contact just works so far past the norm it hurts.

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woodsman
woodsman  6 England
21 Jul 2009 - 9:15 AM

A natural beauty,

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 9:35 AM

Very brave indeed, and still works very well - pose and lighting are excellent, and v2 is my favourite.

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 9:53 AM

Have to agree you do look sad, but your still gorgous.

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angie44
angie44  5
21 Jul 2009 - 11:37 AM

hi becks v2 for me , and good for you girl , great portrait . angie

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seanslevin
seanslevin  10 Ireland
21 Jul 2009 - 12:03 PM

Love this , love your work , but this is my favourite , stunning .

Sean

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User_Removed Junior Member 7 England16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 1:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Each of these versions has its own merits, although V2 does make you stand forward more. What I am seeing here is a very beautiful, very natural looking, gorgeous lady. The expression is very open, sensual and divinely feminine. This is so much more than a great portrait; it's a deep and intimate insight into a very real person. Thank you for sharing this wonderful capture of YOU.
Andrew

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andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
21 Jul 2009 - 1:31 PM

Nice work V2 works really well
Andy

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Phil_L
Phil_L  5 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 1:51 PM

A sensitive and very engaging self portrait. Excellent.
Phil

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Landlord
Landlord  725 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 1:56 PM

"with no makeup and my hair pulled back in an untidy bun, the real me" - but still gorgeous.

Andrews comment is spot on.

What I did notice was how your eyes follow you around the room...take a look.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2803 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 2:16 PM

This for me is such an open and honest shot, I really like it.

This could be a new digital category called RAW!

Of the three, V2 has more depth.


Willie

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 2:47 PM

Naturally beautiful and evocative portrait and you don't need all that make up/glamour to look great. I agree with most people, v2 is the best. Deserves an HC at least.

regards
Yung

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom86 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 2:49 PM

HI R
Great portrait!
You are right I do really like this.
Enigmatic, sad but sensual , showing a vulnerability which is very appealing.
For me v2 is the best because the other two lack enough contrast.
Its one of your best.
Martin

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BreadandShutter

B eautiful
A rtistic
R aw
E nigmatic

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GeorgeMSmith
21 Jul 2009 - 3:28 PM

We all wish we looked that good after a hard day! V2 !

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hellsbells8868
21 Jul 2009 - 3:33 PM

Naturally beautiful, love v2..

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 4:26 PM

Thanks all! I really appreciate your clicks, your comments, and your user awards. You all have made me very happy today. Smile

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alfieB
alfieB  7 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2009 - 4:49 PM

What a brilliant portrait of the real you!!! You have beautiful eyes.

V2 for me like it a lot

lol

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Mounters
Mounters  784 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 5:13 PM

V2 for me too. Stunning!

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woodrow
woodrow  7153 forum posts Scotland
21 Jul 2009 - 6:02 PM

a penny for your thoughts?? an interesting series of images that show true beauty, v2 has more contrast and is my preference

good work

Paul

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rossi
rossi  10142 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 6:35 PM

no 2 for me, natural and beautiful, and as always, technically excellent.

Ian

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 6:47 PM

This is so much more appealing than a glamour syle shot. V2 has more immediate impact but the harder edge introduces a hint of challenge so my preference is for the soft gentle look of V1.

Eric

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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 6:57 PM

Very simple, natural, and beautiful

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 7:29 PM

Good for you, sometimes it's nice just to look at the canvas instead of the painting. I like it.

John Smile

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 7:42 PM

sincere and emotive

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 8:38 PM

just lovely.... V2 for you V1 for BG is my preferance :-0)

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backbeat
backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 8:44 PM

bravo becks....just as beautiful as the rest of your images.

phil

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liparig
liparig  10233 forum posts United States
21 Jul 2009 - 8:46 PM

excellent and beautiful
Joe

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andy210966
21 Jul 2009 - 9:08 PM


Quote: Each of these versions has its own merits, although V2 does make you stand forward more. What I am seeing here is a very beautiful, very natural looking, gorgeous lady. The expression is very open, sensual and divinely feminine. This is so much more than a great portrait; it's a deep and intimate insight into a very real person. Thank you for sharing this wonderful capture of YOU.
Andrew

I really couldn't have put it anymore eloquently than Andrews comment.

A stunning self portrait of a naturally beautiful lady.

Andy

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Craig99999 e2 Member 5Craig99999 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2009 - 10:49 PM

Love the eye contact.

Craig.

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Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 12:26 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I love it! You just keep getting better and better. Keep them coming Rebekah. You are so brave, dont think I would dare. You have such a lovely face.
I too prefer this image and the one where you are lying on your side (a few pics before this one, but with similar tones, think it was called honey), to many of the " glamour" pics.
V2 would be my pick of the 3 for several reasons, it seems more real and fitting with the nature of the image, it has more punch and seems to have less manipulation ( not that there is anything wrong with manip). Even the central positioning works for this image.

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Goggz e2 Member 72301 forum postsGoggz vcard Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 3:04 AM

Oh dear... too much choice - and you chopped the top of your head off, almost as though you meant it Wink

OK, you twisted my arm - V2 overall, but it's close.
CHeers, Goggz

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 7:29 AM

You are very brave to do this not only to shoot yourself but to post it on here & have the world look at you & comment . I applaud you for your wonderful portrait
Tony

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TrevorH  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 10:41 AM

Very good Becks. V 2 for me has the best tonal range. Very brave to come on here with no make up. Maybe more women will do it???? Like all the rest of you PF very good.

Trev.

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Codiac  7304 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 11:35 AM

All been said above Becka, V2 for me Smile

Gary

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2009 - 2:03 PM

Thanks again all! I truly appreciate all of your support. You all are wonderful!

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zed  10551 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Jul 2009 - 2:16 PM

sexy mama!!
z
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kiddsta1  6 Australia
22 Jul 2009 - 4:32 PM

Top class portrait love v2 and thanks for the vote and great comment on my farther time

Paul

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A Booth e2 Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2009 - 7:24 AM

beautiful portrait, nicely cropped composed and presented. My only niggle to your usual standard of perfection are the neck creases.

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2009 - 2:37 PM


Quote: Beautiful portrait, nicely cropped composed and presented. My only niggle to your usual standard of perfection are the neck creases.

Hi Alan. Thanks very much for the critique. I agree that neck creases are not flattering and that my neck isn't creased like that when my head isn't tilted, LOL. I was very tempted to take some of the creases out, but my point with this photo was to leave the skin alone and not to do my usual Photoshop retouching. I am not super young, in fact I have a daughter who is old enough to be a model, so I thought that I would share what is really behind the makeup and Photoshop editing.

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

V2 has more zing, petes mod with your head straight is good too.

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jinstone e2 Member 8jinstone vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2009 - 9:20 AM

Version 2 does it for me Smile

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mjamieson
mjamieson  5
24 Jul 2009 - 5:49 PM

There's one thing missing that stops short of the real you: where is that smile that energizes all your photos? My request is for a version called "Grin and Bare".

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dudler Critique Team 1092 forum postsdudler vcard England262 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2009 - 1:33 PM

This shows it works when you strip a portrait down to the bare minimum... And how wonderful people are before PS!

V3 for me: reminds me of a gentle lith print treatment.

John

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redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2009 - 6:22 PM

Brave and honest, well done for it, a super image.
Jon

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DannyLenihan
27 Jul 2009 - 3:34 PM

gorgeous, as always Bex...

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27 Jul 2009 - 8:27 PM

I am sorry Rebekah I came to see if you had processed your last shoot,
Probably to busy answering emails from overseas,,,(Are they not a pain) Did not know I had not voted on this one

No 2 for me

William

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mikaela4  5 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 - 8:43 PM

Beautiful
Mikaela

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fatherpie  6 England12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2009 - 9:53 PM

Think it's all been said a beautiful and honest portrait of a real person - you.
Regards
Dave

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nothsafoto
28 Jul 2009 - 10:53 AM

Bare is beautiful. V2 for me and the natural look would be the one your lucky man wakes up next to. Great to see you in the flesh so to speak.

Rob

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HuntedDragon
28 Jul 2009 - 9:24 PM

hmmm V2, intresting..

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Moj_o  6 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2009 - 1:28 PM

Gorgeous portrait Smile

Betty

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SoftFocus  7 England
21 Jan 2010 - 1:20 PM

Beautiful as ever

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stoplooklisten
10 Feb 2010 - 10:50 PM

Very brave! Realy like it. Dave

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johnnyboy114
21 Apr 2010 - 7:55 AM

I have just seen this image for the first time. I had 5 mins to kill so had a look at your earlier PF on the back of your last upload (which I love!) and found this. All I can say, hand on heart, trully is that with this, you have shown a true, inner beauty that doesn't need PS. There is an outer beauty too that all women have, but you have captured yours magnificently. I find this image WAY more attractive than any of the photoshopped images as we can see you, nothing more, not hiding. Its special, really quite sensual, but melancholic, dreamy, but resigned, unkempt, creases and all, but showing the REAL you........I don't find this "brave" at all, as has been pointed out many times. I find this is perfectly normal and doing anything in post production is brave......that way when people look at processed images of yourself or others, invariably they say "Wow, you look great", but mean "It looks nothing like you"......why hide when you can be you?

Utterly, utterly stunning, can't believe I missed this and really quite knocked back by this......a staggering piece of photography, self awareness and beauty......if I could give my user award to this, it would get it straight away, no question. Sorry for the rant, just blown away by this really....

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johnnyboy114
21 Apr 2010 - 7:18 PM

Oh and if I had to choose....V2..... Wink lol! Smile

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andmolliethedog
22 Mar 2012 - 11:44 AM

one of my all time favs..just popping back for a spirit uplift

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