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Self Portrait Mary Mac

By MaryMac
Having listened to my husband singing Carly Simons Your So Vain all the time I was trying to take some half decent images this is the best I can do ! This has been a challenging task as I hate having my photograph taken at the best of times plus I have been quite ill with the flu for the last 2 weeks so its not very adventurous
I will put up the colour version as a mod

Camera Nikon D70s
Shot in Raw converted to Jpeg
Resolution 3030x2014
Flash used
Focal Length 70mm
35mm equivalent 105mm
Exposure time with remote 0.017s (1/60 )
ISO 200
Metering Mode Matrix

Tags: General Black and white Close-up and macro

Voters: helenlinda, taggart, CarolG and 22 more

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Jul 2009 7:50PM
Two lovely self-portraits, have to go with the colour version, with those glorious blue eyes. Carol

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Artois 12 405 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2009 8:11PM
I like the mono version. It has character and is an attractive image. The colour version shows your eyes off well. Your smile shows a relaxed portrait. The gold at the top of your head is distracting. A cleaner background would enhance this image. You may be able to clean that up in photoshop. The skin tones are good and natural. Two good images that show a friendly attractive face off well.

26 Jul 2009 10:36PM
You make a fine subject Mary, I like both, but the blue of your eyes is beautiful, well captured, Adrian
26 Jul 2009 11:11PM
hi and wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww , beautiful s.p , hmmmmmmmmmmm im the same with the flu thing , hope taking this shot has made you feel better , beautiful natural shot very well done . angie , oh and i like both .
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 12:16AM
lovely images.. what amazing eyes you have.. have you tried making it mono but keeping the blue eyes
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
27 Jul 2009 9:01AM
Very relaxed and natural Mary, attractive also. Ron.
Kool_Kat 12 166 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 1:59PM
OHHH no where has my mother gone ! you dont look like our mother in this shot its beautiful
MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 7:35PM
Ahh Thanks Sis xxxxxx
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
27 Jul 2009 8:12PM
Well difened lines here, well done
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
28 Jul 2009 9:56AM
Fine self portraits particularly the mono version V1.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
28 Jul 2009 4:22PM
Thar'l do for me lass !

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
29 Jul 2009 1:04PM
you've done a really good job - I think firstly you've done yourself proud with the pose. An open, inviting and friendly smile with sharp, wide eyes is always and engaging pose.

Mono is my favourite choice for portarits too. I think you see more of the person and less of the colour.

I've menioned this on another shot, but it's often best to shoot at a quite wide angle when doing portraits so you then can choose many crops - though I think you my be a bit low in the frame, i don't think it's such an issue here.

Also, just be wary of backgrounds - can be tricky to avoid distractions when you're not looking through the lens, so maybe use a sheet or something - maybe a plain wall. Here you've got a white strip down the right of the shot which does stand out from the darker backdrop.

nicely done though - hope you enjoyed the challenge
MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2009 5:01AM
Thank you for the critique on my shot I agree about the background the strip is the curtain against the wall I didn't see how messy it was till it was pointed out and will try some cleaner backgrounds later overall I am happy with what I did but still don't like having my photo taken !
Its been a good learning curve though and a good challenge
Pinny 12
31 Jul 2009 9:27PM
NAHH u dont luk like the mother inlaw
madbilly 9 1 4 England
1 Aug 2009 5:00PM
Rather than comment on the technical issues mentined by the others I'd just like to say beautiful portrait of a beautiful lady.


MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 5:10PM
Thanks Bil You have made my day !
Regards Mary
madbilly 9 1 4 England
3 Aug 2009 6:29AM
If you got it flaunt it and you have it. Most people dont like their photos taken but you did it so well done you and the others are right you have amazing eyes.

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