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Self Portrait

By Annabel_Lee
This my personal favorite in a series of self portraits that I took a few days ago. I was trying self-portraits for the first time. What I was going for was a somewhat sad, yet hopeful look, and I wanted to get across that it was very cold out. My fence was the best background I could find, so I used that.

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Lynamick 14 2 31 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2011 1:18AM
I think that this photo was well thought out and it is a very good try at a hard task. Portraiture is always open to a lot of different opinions.
Personally I like to crop in tight making the sitter the only point of interest, unless I am trying to show character by including a work place.
My mod will hopefully show you what I mean. I have brought out the catch-lights in the eyes to give more life. Also I lightened the hair a little. The face with the way the light falls on it is marred a little around the nose, otherwise I believe that you have achieved the look that you wanted. Well done.
I hope that I have been some help.

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4 Dec 2011 2:19AM

Quote:I think that this photo was well thought out and it is a very good try at a hard task. Portraiture is always open to a lot of different opinions.
Personally I like to crop in tight making the sitter the only point of interest, unless I am trying to show character by including a work place.
My mod will hopefully show you what I mean. I have brought out the catch-lights in the eyes to give more life. Also I lightened the hair a little. The face with the way the light falls on it is marred a little around the nose, otherwise I believe that you have achieved the look that you wanted. Well done.
I hope that I have been some help.



Thank you for viewing and for critiquing! I don't have much experience, so any advice and critique is welcome. I see what you mean about the tighter crop being preferable, and I like your modifications. Smile
Thanks again,
Annabel
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 169 England
4 Dec 2011 7:18AM
Hi Annabel, welcome to EPZ! Smile

A gorgeous self portrait - I find them really difficult to do! Just a tiny bit soft in the eye area. When you've processed your image and have resized it for upload, just give it a little bit of a sharpening (resizing does tend to soften details). This is a lovely initial upload and I shall look forward to seeing more.

Because you have ticked the 'Critique' box we are not allowed to vote on this image, but you will get some honest and in depth opinions - I would have voted for this one if I could! Grin
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
4 Dec 2011 7:51AM
A fine attempt at a self portrait. It does appear that your skin tones are a little washed out which suggests that you have not exposed for the skin, I have tried, perhaps not too successfully, to correct this is a mod. Karen is correct about the sharpening.

Albert
paulbroad 9 117 1075 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2011 8:03AM
Self portraits are difficult. Technically, this is rather good, but I would crop - even tighter than the mods. There is something to be said for what you have presented using a lot of space to suite the theme - however, the stronger image is a tight crop with top, left and bottom trims, (too much jumper) to concentrate on your face. Retain the landscape format.

Paul
MrsS 10 4.5k 18 England
4 Dec 2011 8:33AM
Hi Annabel, welcome to EPZ and the Junior Gallery from me too Smile

You have had some great critique and modifications, I hope you think they're helpful Smile

So I won't add anything except that I would describe your expression as wistful - definitely a cross between hope and sadness, so you certainly achieved what you set out to do here Smile

Fran x
Section Editor, Junior Gallery

PS - I would have voted for this too, if I had been able! Grin
4 Dec 2011 4:57PM
@KarenFB: Thank you for the welcome! I have already found that, as you said, self portraits are very difficult. Still, I only have myself and family as models at the moment, so I work with what I have! Thank you for your suggestion about sharpening; I will remember it. What photo editing software do you use? At the moment, I use Picasa and occasionally Gimp. I am saving up for Adobe Photoshop Elements, as it seems to be the most popular program.

@fentiger: Thank you! I'm afraid I do not know what you mean by "exposed for the skin." I haven't been into photography very long and there are a lot of terms I need to learn. Could you give me some tips, or links for tips, on how to do this?

@paulbroad: Thanks for the tip! I have been looking at other photographers' portraits, and find that most of them are cropped more tightly than my photo. I will remember that.

@MrsS: Thanks for the welcome! Yes, I do find the comments helpful - I'm glad to hear from more experienced photographers! I'm certainly glad I joined this website for that!

Again, thank you all!
~ Annabel
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3555 Canada
4 Dec 2011 6:56PM
Ive looked at this shot a few times, and although its been well critiqued, and theres a number of mods, self portraits like this are so difficult I had to add a mod of my own, and some comments that I hope dont repeat anyones prior.


Its first off very good, and conveys the feeling you want.

Ideally the background needs to be more out of focus.

Sharpen your re sized image before you upload, as your face/eyes are a little soft.


That said, - I like it, and loaded a mod, a little complex treatment of the background to make it not look like a fence, and to accentuate the feeling of cold.


I hope you like it, and the square crop.


If you want to know anything about how the background is done, just let me know.



Regards


Willie
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 169 England
11 Dec 2011 6:30PM
I am really sorry for not coming back sooner!!


Quote:What photo editing software do you use?


I have heard the free ones you can download are good, but I've never actually looked at them. I use Photoshop Elements 9. I must admit I've had no lessons on using Photoshop, so anything I do is very basic! There are lots of tutorials on EPZ though and I'm sure I'll improve with time! Smile

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