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Self Portrait

By bwillis81  

Tags: Portraits and people

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mcgannc 12 389 3 England
10 Mar 2009 9:41PM
I'll try and give some constructive feedback, although I'm by no means an expert !

I think the mono conversion has worked well, great focus on the eyes (which are quite piercing by the way!). I think the crop could have been a bit tighter on the left side and bottom. A strong image though, well done.

Hope this helps, new to all this myself!

Shroomer 14 14 167 England
10 Mar 2009 9:53PM
More a wildlife person myself but agree with the crop tighter on the left and would be improved if you selectively reduced the overexposed lawn as it detracts from the main softness and great tones of your skin.
Superb mono work
IMAGESTAR 15 7 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 10:03PM
Superb Portrate.
Goggz 14 2.3k 72 Wales
10 Mar 2009 10:04PM
You look yummy Smile
Nice mono too.

I agree about the lighter bits of the image dragging the eye, but it's very easy to come back to the centre of interest!

If you've done any processing it is nice and subtle, especially the eyes which some tend to turn into white lasers, but you haven't. The shadow under your nose is quite subdued and so it doesn't distract at all.

Pretty good effort overall I'd say Smile
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 10:12PM
great expression, fantastic eyes and the sharpness in the eyes is everthing holding eye contact in a shot like this is vital.

the thing that bothers me a little is the background being full of highlights and yet detail still distinguishable is a little distracting,

to show what i mean, i uploaded a mod, i didnt take a lot of care just a quick mod to show that a little gaussian blur on the selected background (simulating the use of a wider aperature) which would make the focus on the face more pronounced, i also cropped a little tighter, burned in a few dark areas and pulled a slight s curve in curves,
there is a lovely portrait in here busting to get out, it needs a little post processing thats all.
silburkp 17 3 England
10 Mar 2009 10:17PM
An eye-catching self portrait that works really well in B&W. I agree with comments about the crop and the distracting background, but all-in-all I think this is very good.
10 Mar 2009 10:40PM
My two cents: Before you crop anything, you must first have a decent image from with which to work...

I'd say you managed that quite well! :o)
Now, just a smidgen or two of fine tuning and your there.
Keep it up!
GrahamNobles 13 9 4 England
10 Mar 2009 11:16PM
Then get it onto your pf!
11 Mar 2009 1:35AM
Wow, amazing eyes! this pic is fine as it is, no mods needed
Wellspring 12 86 37 England
11 Mar 2009 10:43AM
I really like this photo - it as an attractive feminine appeal to it.

I find the background distracting though, but feel the photo loses something if it is cropped out. So I changed it in my mods above. I cloned out the darkest areas and darkened the brightest spots.

I felt that your face had very soft lighting which did not compete well with the stronger background, so I increased the contrast to darken the dark bits on your face and brighten the lighter areas.

I liked this but felt that I had lost some of the feminine softness, so I decreased the contrast back again but just on your face using a mask.

I have enjoyed playing with this photo - thank you for giving such good material.

Keep putting up your work.

FredF 15 1 France
11 Mar 2009 10:57AM
Great black and white self portrait with a good light from the top. great eye contact and need to be cropped more.

GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
11 Mar 2009 8:15PM
What can I say...You are very beautiful... but your portrait is nice too. Smile
kombizz 16 601 1 United States
12 Mar 2009 6:45AM
do you have it in colors, love too the color of your eyes
12 Mar 2009 1:22PM
I agree with everyone's critiques about the distracting background, which is actually my driveway. I had my 9 month old son playing in the yard with me and didn't consider my background when I shot the photo or edited it. Thanks! It really makes a difference. I learned a lot from all of you.
13 Mar 2009 4:55PM
Very nice photo! I would have used a bit more contrast... but you know me! Great job, you are, of course, beautiful as usual.


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