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Self portrait - finally a good one?

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by Poki, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Lately, I didn't have much time to go out and shoot. Oh, and the weather was pretty bad too ... So tonight, which was a quite cloud free night (but too bright for serious landscapes) I decided to do a self portrait once again. I always sucked at doing selfies. It's not just that I usually hate seeing myself on photos (my haircut always looks kinda strange ;( ), it's also that I'm not a portrait photog at all. But the thing I'm worst in is the thing that's easiest to improve on, right? So I tried again ...

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    What do you think?
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 7, 2011
    Philadelphia, Pa
    Nice photo. I'm in Philly and I believe those bright things in the sky are what's called...stars..... not sure because I haven't seen them things in mega years....

    I see no problems with your hair....looks good from USA East Coast....
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    No stars where you live? Wow ... that must make you feel alone sometimes ...
  4. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    Ya think Philly is bad, come to China. There's no moon here.

    Nice self-portrait. A little cryptic, can't tell what kind of porn you are looking at from your smile. That's good.

    Next time try it without the wig. :p
  5. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio

    This must be the best post I've read in a long time.

    ... On any site.


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  6. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
  7. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    Mar 25, 2013
    Nice work, Poki. I like the fact that you capture both the room and the outside night sky. I guess you must have used a fairly long exposure and low light in the room?

    The only problem as I see it is not the hair but the Mac. No, I don't hate Macs but it's huge and silvery and steals attention from everything else in the photo.

    Perhaps try a new one where you flip the lid down and place your arms over it?
  8. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Yah, it's always hard to smile without looking stupid. Or to get the hair right. ;)

    I added it there just for fun. The group seems to be inactive for years now, so even though it doesn't fit in perfectly, I think nobody'll complain.

    I used the on-camera flash for the foreground, and a long exposure for the background. In fact, I stitched two photos together here. I also took one with a long shutter speed flash sync, but you won't get the face perfect in this case.

    If I had one, I'd have done it using a flash positioned at my laptop to light me up, but not the lid of the notebook. But I don't own any off-camera flashes, so I had to live with this compromise.

    The concept was showing me *working*, not making a cliche picture that just shows me sitting there, staring into the camera. I thought the symmetry and the color combination (red - green - blue) might work well, and I think I was right.
  9. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

    May 22, 2013
    I like it...
  10. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Colin, that was so funny.Poki, at your tender age a selfie can't be bad, cool hair, very retro ;)
  11. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    Poki, I really like the shot. It should't but knowing it's a composite makes it more interesting to me. Perhaps it's because I haven't a clue how to do that.

    You've got a Mona Lisa thing going on with it too. Every time I click on the thread and and I see the pic, it's like you are watching me and from all angles.
  12. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Thanks, I like retro. :)

    Wow, thank you. Luckily I got a good angle there looking at the laptop screen.

    As for the composite - it's a pretty simple one with only two layers (well, if you don't count the curtain backlighting which was the most difficult part here, and other small color correcting layers).
  13. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    You drink Budweiser in Austria ? :eek: Isn't it like having a steak in a Hindu temple ?
  14. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    What? We are the country with the second highest beer consumption per person in Europe (right after the Czech Republic). ;)

    Oh, and yep, Budweiser always is one of the best.
  15. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    This was supposed to say "steak" not stake... Having a phone spelling moment there.

    I always thought Bud was kind of a mass produced pee. May be they make different brews for Europe.
  16. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Really? I think it's one of the better beers - at least from these that are easily available in supermarkets here. And in Prague quite a few people didn't like the Bud from the US, so I guess there's an actual difference.
  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Having had both, there's simply no comparison between our swill and the original from the Czech Republic. I wouldn't even call ours "beer."

    Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.
    — Benjamin Franklin