Self Portrait

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  1. starving4rtist

    starving4rtist TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone...

    I keep going back and forth about this picture. I like the fact that I got the exact results that I expected while setting it up, but I just can't put my finger on what I don't like about it. Anyway, I'd love some honest outside opinions. I'm not too attached to this picture yet, so be as brutal as you want.

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  2. Nikon Fan

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    Quite an interesting shot...I really like the composition but the light growing from the back of your head is a bit distracting. You could try cloning it out in PS. I think the other thing that detracts from this a bit is the lighting. It seems blown a bit in some areas. I am a sucker for black and white self portraits, and I think this would look even better bw. It would be a great high contrast image b/c of the lighting as it is, and I think add even more to the mood you've created! Adjust a few things and I think this will be a wonderful self portrait :)
     
  3. JonMikal

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    since you said you got the exact result you were aiming for, i won't suggest anything but to remove the light fixture growing from the back of your head.
     
  4. starving4rtist

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    Just for fun....I changed it to b+w and got rid of the light. If nothing else, it seemed to make the blown out areas a bit less extreme.

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    Thanks for the input so far.
     
  5. Nikon Fan

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    Excellent work removing the light ;) I like the black and white alot...but the color without the light would also be good too :lol: I know I'm a girl and can't make up my mind :lol: Guess it all just depends on which you prefer!
     
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    Oh, much better! Great job on the clone. I like the black and white better as I found the color version to be a bit on the red side.
     
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    no no no !!! do it back to colour!!! the one without the light growing out of your head but in colour!!!!
     
  8. JonMikal

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    good cloning effort. IMO, it works better in colour.
     
  9. JohnMF

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    I agree with amanda and elsaspet on this one, think BW works better, the colour one had too much hard light.

    I could also see it working in colour if it was desaturated a fair bit.

    Just an idea
     

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