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It's Just Me...

It's Just Me...
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Copyright: Pamela DG (fotofreak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 145 N: 421] (1763)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-01-10
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Portrait
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, 35-280mm, @ ISO 200
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Self Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 16:48
Viewed: 4155
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been into photography ever since I was a little kid, usually being the one behind the camera. I can say that there are very few photos of myself that I actually like. My mother complains that she never has photos of her girls (my sister and I). There is even a time span of about 3-4 years in my teens where there is not even one photo of me!

Anyways, in between the 100 shots of the bubblegum photo I posted yesterday, I had to give my jaw a break from chewing! I took just a few photos using a tripod, and this was probably the only one I thought looked decent.

I was sitting on the floor in our laundry room, the white background is the washing machine. Only flourescent lights were used.

**Post Pro**
- made a duplicate layer of the image
- the bottom layer was left in colour
- changed the top layer to B&W using Image> Adjustments> Channel Mixer> then clicking on Monochrome
- cloned out a few stray hairs
- selected a rectangle of my hair and sweater (on the colour layer), and feathered it at 200 pixels
- copied and pasted selection on top of the B&W layer, creating only part of the image to be in colour
- flattened, resized, sharpened, saved for web

Dingo, albreca, starkey666, JennHen, tucancr, WALTERito, laine, CVTJan, jpdeloof, fotofrancis, afrota, lancegreen, gtinatl, emanuela, OT12, drackness, fuaty has marked this note useful
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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-01-12 17:01]

A strange picture to look at, at first. But I really like the gradient colour shift to b&w, Pamela. A pity that your face looks so pale, though.
All in all a very good auto-portrait.
I don't see why you are so camera-shy (at least it appears to be that way), IMO you're very photogenic.

Hi Pamela, amazing picture and excellent PS work.
bye alex

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  • j0sh (48)
  • [2005-01-12 19:24]

very nice shot

Very ncie portrait Pamela, I like the touches you made with color.

Hi Pamela, what I like with this picture is the left and right edges are monochrome and the center in color. The overexposed face is acceptable here because the background in the left side is also white. May be the white face would not have been OK if the background had a different color. I am wondering if other people follow me and agree with me ??

I just looked through your photos, and you look like a creative sort! You obviously enjoy photography, and have an artist eye for details... maybe that's why you are so critical about how you look in front of a camera? You look great here, and added your own trademark creative twists, too, to personalize your self-portrait. Well done. I've added your gallery to my favorites list, as I think I could learn to experiment and play with photography from you!
(P.S. I think you're fortunate to share this passion with your mother.) -Jenn

Whatever you did with this picture, don't forget to print one out for your mother ;-)
I don't see the purpose of the coloured patch...
Otherwise good portrait.

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  • laine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 355 W: 37 N: 107] (885)
  • [2005-01-13 2:10]

Sharp anc clean picture and a bit strage use of colours, which is very interesting.
This is very good self-portrait, Pamela!

Hi Pamela,
I just want to point out that I like how the partial desaturation reflects the mood which is transported in the picture. Very good and again creative work !!! Yours, Jan

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-01-14 9:19]

Colours: nice done !
Your expression, so beautiful,
what a nice photo, Pam, great work from you(rselves)

bonsoir Pamela
Beaux jeux de couleurs pour une photo en N&B ce qui donne une touche de chaleur ŗ ce beau blanc du visage.
Jolie photo

Realy stricking work Pamela. I just finished looking at your first self portrait. And the work you have done on this realy shows that you have been thinking about this so since then. Wish I had half the skill with PS as you do. Well suppose must get a copy soon or a later. (Will gladly visit this again tomorrow to give points.)

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  • Pamela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 394 W: 46 N: 24] (1294)
  • [2005-01-21 15:42]

You looks a little sad here. I hope i mistake.

Beautiful portrait, I like how you left a few colors in a well done desaturated picture. Excellent portrait.
You have talent.

Beautiful portrait. Technically flwaless. I really like the photoshop effects. Good contrast and perfect clarity. Best wishes!

realy nice shot.

Technically perfect. I add that a superb subject is a great contribution for a shot...
Very nice expression


This is absolutely beautiful! I love the subtle color choices you have made. You have a wonderful face and eyes judging from your other photo concentrating on your eye. Stunning work. I do like the pale effect because it gives it a porcelain feel. Thank you for sharing your art skills with us here at TL!

All girls are like that I think, every time I manage to take some shots of my girlfriend or my future sister-in-law they manage to smuggle my laptop and delete all of them because they hate every picture. Almost all girls hate their own picture, I don't understand why. :) I hope you don't mind me saying this but even this picture is not very revealing in terms of your face, most of it is hidden behind your hair, which is beautiful but I think I personally would like to see the face and features more prominently. The rest of your face that's included in the shot, you've brightened it up to an almost plain white. A full visible self-portrait shot would make you look great I think. But as far as this picture goes, it's good. I like your PP, the selective de-saturation works well for the shot. The composition is good too. Everything Iíve written here is just my personal opinion; I hope Iíve not offended anyone. TFS. :)


Love the eyelashes here and contemplative look. You really make for a nice subject for your own self portraits. Good work.

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  • wck Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 36 N: 423] (3851)
  • [2005-09-26 1:36]

Great work! I like the way the color it fade! Presentable!


ciao ,
nice portrait pic cool effect of light , white and colours. love green.

Beutiful work. Interesting mood and PP.


a very interesting way to bring colour back to an image.

I tend to go B&W in the same manner as you, but have recently being playing with an action set that I borrowed from this chap on PBase. For Hi-Key images such as yours, the manual approach is best and you did very well. Please don't tell me that this isn't hi-key because there is too much contrastw ,hich is the normal reply... the best way to describe you image is to say that it is Hi-key.

Anyway, there is a mood expressed here that is enhanced by the careful use of colour. Could one say that in this image you were looking a "little off-colour"? Perhaps.

The day-dream mode, not quit here, not quite there also demands shift in collour.

So, from where I am standing, I see that you have used selective colour to express where you go when you dream. The residual colour is what you left behind and what will ultimatl;y bring you back.

Sorry, didn't mean to ger all philosophical, just liked you photo, that's all ;-)


This is gorgeous!!


lokks beautiful...

Very nice portrait, Pamela. I like the pov and composition. And nice effect the b/w mixed with colour. It gives a nice mood. I must say, you have beautiful eyes.

Best regards,


first i say that you are a very beautiful woman, second, this shot is impressionan, if i cold be give you more than 2 point i will do... TFS

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  • fuaty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 382 N: 62] (529)
  • [2010-02-20 16:46]

Bu kiza bayildim 8:)

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