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By enricopardo  
I must apologize for not being around much lately. I'm having terrible health problems. I also apologize for not commenting too much, I can't really be of much help. i hope my votes mean something though.

I wanted to do something very dramatic on my first self portrait. Maybe to portray a fierce, rugged look, or maybe this is just the way I'm feeling lately. Sorry if is not good enough for portraiture.Tongue

Just used one light to bring up a dramatic look and give the skin a more rugged look.

Hope you like it. It's my first one. Critiques welcome and also your modifications.


Tags: Specialist and abstract Selfportraiture Portraits and people

Voters: Daisymaye, RonnieAG, CarolG and 43 more

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Feb 2012 5:31AM
A very good self portrait of the serious kind. Sorry to hear you haven't been well. Hope it improves soon.............Sandy

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Feb 2012 6:08AM
I am no authority whatever on portraiture, but I think you have achieved in this first self portrait what you set out for.......the rather fierce, perhaps intimidating look, the low side lighting and the gaze off camera both contributing to that. The fact that there is no b/g whatever, just your face appearing out of the darkness adds to that end too.
Even as a thumbnail, this is a striking image to my way of thinking.
Others on site who are more versed with this genre of photography will I'm sure offer you a more professional crit.
Sorry to hear of your health problems, Enrique, from which I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
Regards, Ronnie.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Feb 2012 6:24AM
A stunning portrait, Enrique, superb lighting, an image to be proud of. I do hope that you will soon be feeling a lot better. Carol
Ayoob 7 Australia
3 Feb 2012 6:53AM
Cracking candid portrait ,very well taken..........Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 7:07AM
Very dramatic and effective portraiture here. I have uploaded a couple of mods just playing with the colour to effect a slightly different mood. They are not better, just different.

I hope your health issues are resolved soon.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Feb 2012 7:49AM
Sorry to hear about the health problems, hope you recover soon and feel much better. I think you achieved what you intended to get, it's a powerful portrait, I also like the black background which enhances the seriousness. Well done!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 7:55AM
Impressive self portrait.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 8:14AM
A very dramatic image ...
Everything about this has done what you wanted.
Great tash!!!
Sorry to hear about your health problems . I sincerly hope they will improve.
enricopardo 6 5 2 United States
3 Feb 2012 8:31AM
Thanks everyone for your support, I really appreciate it! Grin

I love the modification Lynne, especially the way you cropped it. Many thanks again.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
3 Feb 2012 8:37AM
Well worked with the lighting here Enrique, sorry to hear that you are have a few health issue
Regards Richard
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 9:25AM
Self-portraits take courage... I like the strength and resilience in this, it says defiant rather than fierce to me. Maybe that's a response to your problems? I hope that your health improves soon.
Lynne's crop is classically more correct, I guess. But it also reduces the 'Here I stand' impact of central placement.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 9:59AM
Strong and determined in adversity, an intrepid polar explorer in the Shackleton mould. So the monochrome and the steady gaze are essential; the single light-source ditto.
Excellent tones, detail and mono conversion.
Sorry to hear about the ill-health: getting over the problems is more important than commenting on our photographs!
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 11:02AM
Very dramatic portrait - hope your health improves soon - Carole
iconik 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 11:07AM
a great sense of drama created by the strong use of lighting. I particularly like the contrast in textures that you've achieved between the skin and roughness of the beard
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 12:33PM
I cannot take as good a portrait shot of someone else, let alone myself. I think it's brilliant mate. Hope you start to feel better soon.

3 Feb 2012 2:15PM
Outstanding self-portrait.
I like the Tones, lighting and expression.
Hope you start to feel better soon.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
3 Feb 2012 5:19PM
Hope you feel better Enrico. Its a shot that does what you want, - though needs to be sharper, and I loaded a mod.


jaktis 14 84 Sweden
3 Feb 2012 5:50PM
A great dramtic light , I do like this self portrait . Very well done and I hope that you will get better

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 6:00PM
It's a great portrait! I am happy to be number 30th voter!
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2012 8:55AM
well it is full of drama, the dark tones and high contrast add to this effect. Hope you feel well soon.

for a first self portrait, it's not bad Wink !
well done!
oh ... and dont' worry about the comments; i'm personally not too bothered about either votes or comments. it's nice to get them and they are very welcome but it's just as ok not to get anything - most important is to enjoy what you doing, i think!

Hope you get well soon!
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
4 Feb 2012 6:06PM
The lighting works well with your title and has had the desired effect. I hope you will recover soon from whatever is causing you health problems.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 3:30PM
Great self-portrait !!....brave fella' !!!........lovely dramatic lighting to accentuate the 'mood' !!

The only thing that I would add to the previous comments is to add some catch-lights to the eyes !, particularly your
left eye, which is a black disc....& catchlights would really give the shot a touch more 'oomph' ?????
enricopardo 6 5 2 United States
5 Feb 2012 7:22PM

Quote:Great self-portrait !!....brave fella' !!!........lovely dramatic lighting to accentuate the 'mood' !!

The only thing that I would add to the previous comments is to add some catch-lights to the eyes !, particularly your
left eye, which is a black disc....& catchlights would really give the shot a touch more 'oomph' ?????

Thanks Keith and everyone. Fact is I don't even know the vocabulary yet, like the types of lights. Honestly, I need to get more info on lights, but you are right. I can see the problem with the eyes. I will try again when I get more lights and know more about it.

Thanks for all the feedback!

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Feb 2012 7:54PM
An excellent self portrait Enrique, I hope your health improves, all the best, Ed
12 12 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 10:58PM
Good mono.. get better soon.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
8 Feb 2012 8:51PM
I hope you are feeling better.
I like your portrait here -- very nice, deep B&W tonalities.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
17 Feb 2012 7:18PM
I know nothing of portraiture (or not much else to be honest) but I do know when I like something and this I really do like, very much.

I hope you feel better soon. Sue

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