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Into The Light

By ChiliMan
This is my only other one from my self-portrait experimentation this weekend which made it through (barely). The rest (5 other shots) were poor and found their way swirling down the virtual sinkhole.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: fresh_orange, Sus, carlyn and 20 more

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11 Sep 2006 12:01AM
Nice one. Not easy to do decent self portraits

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Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
11 Sep 2006 12:03AM
I think this is almost there for me, but not quite. I really like the lighting on this, the texture and detail great. The highlights on the nose and cheek are a bit too strong though. I think it looks as though you will have a very interesting portfolio - will keep an eye on it!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 12:11AM
Thank you so much, you two.

And Sus, yep, I know what you mean. This is just 'almost there for me too'. In fact it almost didn't go on. A bit too harsh. But I decided to upload it anyway.

Thanks again for the comments, both of you. I love learning and the encouragement helps a lot too.
carlyn 12 1
11 Sep 2006 12:12AM
good lighting & expression!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 3:39AM
Thanks, Carlyn. I've just been looking through your portfolio and it is AWESOME. I've bookmarked it and am looking forward to seeing more of your brilliance.

[why does it look like there are more than two 'l's in 'brilliance' there?! - I think I need some sleep...]
JohnHorne 13 1.0k
11 Sep 2006 12:43PM
Interesting treatment which has given an almost metallic look. Might be inclined to move the subject a bit to the right within the frame, but still worth a click.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 1:17PM
Thanks, John.

I WAS fighting with myself BIG TIME over the crop. The original was in the middle of the frame and it stood really well like that.

Then I thought I'd cut off the left to give the sense of me having moved through the dark up to the source of the light - which could be a window or something.

The metallic look was from lots of fiddling with lightness, brightness, gamma correction and contrast.
tarara 12
11 Sep 2006 1:23PM
I like it. The starkness works for what you have created. Have you tried moving the image down toward the bottom right corner a bit to give the light farther to travel? Yvonne
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 1:42PM
Hmmm...that's a possibility too, actually. I was trying to go for a different composition from the previous pic and therefore didn't wanna place it in the bottom right. BUT, you're right - that would work here too. It'd be like I was sitting in the corner and looking up at a high window across the room.
12 12 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2006 4:58PM
Thought invoking image, well thought out!

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 5:01PM
Thank you Simon!
uggyy 12 2.1k 9 Scotland
11 Sep 2006 5:18PM
Works well for me, Im undecided on the title on the picture but thats my personal taste.

Techicaly the picture works well, agree with more impact if slightly more central but not much more..

11 Sep 2006 5:31PM
Into the light we all become white. Light is a common grounding factor for everyone so I quite like the title. Lovely tonal quality so well done Chiliman and thanks for clicking on mine. Yvonne
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Sep 2006 6:01PM
Hey Tommy...what would you have titled the picture?

"Into The Light" was the first thing which popped into my head and so I (probably from laziness or just tiredness from having worked on that pic to make it lookable-at!) just went with it.

I'd really like to know what you think, though. I love alternative viewpoints.

And Yvonne, thanks for what you said about the tonality. Hope Harry's happy and bounding about.

TopsyTopping 12 51 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2006 6:44PM
Lovely texture to this shot andrew, it works well in the left of the shot but i would like to see it over to the right a bit more with more space on the left!

Topsy Smile
11 Sep 2006 7:09PM
A lovely capture with great lighting.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Sep 2006 12:51AM
Spacepn the left is how I frost thought of this image need more canvas on the left, what has really impressed me is your use of color on the face-- fantastic manipulation there! Excellent! jennnnnnnn
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
12 Sep 2006 7:10AM
Thanks so much, ladies.

And Jen, the only colour I used was blue! (lol) I pushed that a bit and it somehow did things with my skin colour. The rest of the manipulation was a whole lot of pulling and pushing with lightness, contrast and gamma correction (don't know what that is but it makes things darker or lighter in a nice way).

Chocwendy 12 8 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 9:28AM
Andrew, i can't fault this! Love all of it!
Well done and thanks for your kind comments!
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 9:11PM
I like this one more than yesterdays.... love the way you've manipulated it to create the focus on the main areas of the face, well thought out and great presentation.
thanks for all your kind comments on my pics.. interesting reading Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
13 Sep 2006 9:18AM
Thanks, Wendy and Karen!

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
13 Sep 2006 3:59PM
I really like the look of meditation and serenity on your face,brilliant lighting and exposure.Take care.AnnSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
13 Sep 2006 4:05PM
Wow...thank you, Ann!

Andrew Smile)
AlanBW 12 20 England
13 Sep 2006 4:19PM
Cracking image Andrew, well done
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
14 Sep 2006 12:45AM
Cheers, Alan. I was pleasantly surprised by how this turned out.

User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 9:03PM
this shows a peacful face enjoying the rays of light, what a soft gentle expression, Andrew.

thanks for the comments

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Sep 2006 3:05AM
Aw, what a nice comment. Thanks, Dianne.

malarszk 12 25 1 Scotland
17 Sep 2006 7:48PM
thanks for your comments...really appreciated....and this is a great portrait too.....the lighting is superb especially with the slight blue tinge!
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2006 9:35PM
sorry i missed this 'next one' you did, i prefer it to the first as it has a much more serene feel to it Wink

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
25 Sep 2006 4:32AM
Thank you both!

Jo, people seem to prefer this one but I've always liked the other one!


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