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dgarr at Carrera


dgarr at Carrera
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Copyright: David Garrison (dgarr) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1997-03-25
Categories: Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Nikon FM
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Black and White [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-19 21:26
Viewed: 1996
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This self portrait was taken on 35 mm Kodak T-Max Black and White film and printed in my darkroom, then scanned and PP some in PS7. The original print that I scanned for this was the result of hours and hours of dodging and burning in the darkroom. The first 'straight' print I made was very different from this version. The inside of the circular window was very dark, including my face, and the outer wall in front was much lighter than the rest of the image as it was getting the bulk of the light. To get a print in the darkroom that resembled this, I had to dodge back my face to the point that I lost the black details of my eyes and had to use a spotting brush to bring these back to black. I also used the spotting brush to hide some graffiti behind me.

After scanning the original, I evened out the dodging and burning a little, despeckled some areas of my face and converted from grayscale to RGB and gave a slight sepia tone to it.

From the darkroom, this was probably print # 20 or 30 because there were many attempts made to get the results that I was after before settling for this print.

This type of work is MUCH easier using PS7, and once you have the results you want, these can be backed up as a new file (e-neg) for printing in the future.

There are more pictures of this site with more information about the location on page 3 (?) of my pictures.

David

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2007-08-19 22:13]

Nice shot...

This has to be one of the best self-portraits on this site. I am blown away by so many elements in this that converge to create a seriously unique and engaging self-portrait: for one, the desaturation with the slightest hint of sepia gives this a timeless look that also brings out this strange warm silvery quality to the various surfaces in here (the concrete, the skin, the hat); then you have that frame-within-a-frame, but with this worn out concrete circular frame, and the way you have your arms lifted up to lean almost heavily on the back of the frame really gives this a mood and atmosphere; your expression and the cowboy hat is just perfect together, I almost thought at first this was a portrait of a famous country singer ;) haha. The tones that are created with the lighting hitting stronger on the hat brim and the upper part of the torso are very rich and balance each other out well. Wonderful dynamic tones and lighting on the concrete itself too. This is compositionally strong with your face off-center and your body leaning into the near-center. The textures in the concrete make this more dynamic and appealling, and add to the, ehhh, rustic environment in the shot. Where did you find this concrete hole and wall? Excellent post-processing on your face as I couldn't tell there was any before reading your note ;) Only thing I might have to pick on is the lack of sharpness on your face and body, but that's just my two cents. Really stunning David, thanks for sharing!
-Lara

The process you went through to achieve is is amazing ... in justg a few short years we have come to take the digital camera so much for granted.
The portrait is great, some real sensuality and a remarkable magnetism in your eyes here, the sweep of your hat's brim really brings attention to them.
You'll win admirers off a shot like this!
Well done mate, great work.
Rew

Hi David, although I don't post here anymore some days I still browse. So good to see your work again ! Magnificent photograph, great work.

Hope life is treating you well in Thailand.

Marleen

This is classic - Lara has said all and more than one could have said on this portrait.
Just wonderful
Mukesh

I really like the contrast, including the opposition between concrete and flesh. Great work in post-processing; thanks for the detailed description.

Bonjour David.
Bel auto-portrait très sexy mais pas trop.
Très belle réalisation et que dire du modèle...
Bravo !

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