<< Previous Next >>

Selftimer 'Self'

Selftimer  'Self'
Photo Information
Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-18
Categories: Experimental, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Silver Tulip Award, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 6:04
Viewed: 3036
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Study: 'Self' on the selftimer.

Lately I am reading a lot in my PS Cs2 book and instruction CD rom, and here this chapter,Portraits!
Working with flash-bounced lights-over and under exposure, close ups selftimer etc. etc.

(Booked a special course 'Photoshop soon )

To cut a long story short: did not have a model 2 days ago, so used my ugley self.

Well TL, my first self!
How did I do. pleasse tell me ..
In here I used a soft F filter
(and photo is for 3 special friends :-)they know!)

Thank you for your time
and have a nice day


two proverbs combined to one:

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Practice does not make perfect but a perfect practice makes perfect.

Josine, lucbus, JohnTulip, PierreFrigon, Silke, shelbeesmom, kokos101, moli, Silvio2006, Juliet, cstathoulis, Pops71, c_rapp, chrisJ, vsinopoulos, Viking, CallMeMaria, appalcarp, DAM, harpya, orbiter, MLINES, orkhan, macgarret1, tomek_wap, Marylou, Dingo has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Viking: Zaaaaaapppvandana2923 1 02-21 14:53
To moli: Hello therevandana2923 1 02-20 14:16
To rewshearer: THANK YOU Rewvandana2923 2 02-20 13:56
To pablominto: thanksvandana2923 1 02-20 13:00
To shelbeesmom: Dear Linvandana2923 2 02-20 12:45
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Wow Van, girl you have nerves! :-) lol, but why not, you look smashing! TFS and BIG hug

  • Great 
  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2007-02-20 6:28]

Hi Vandana,
You did right ! With that background, the light is just perfect on you and the colours look very good. I think the picture is a little bit out of focus, very slightly, but enough to notice it. Maybe the short deep of field created it. But that little thing is saved by the presence of the model herself ! TFS.

  • Great 
  • phil1 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (14)
  • [2007-02-20 7:21]

great for a first time shot..nice skin tones and of course a nice smiling face..the background blends in well with the photo and you done very well here. the pose is excellent and i like this a lot..phil

  • Great 
  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-02-20 7:27]

Hello Vandana,
This is a very nice autoportrait and I like the lighting and the colors, Your pose is excellent also with the inclusion of one hand which is always interesting. My only nit pick is the focus, it's very important in a portrait that the focus be on the eyes. In this one it is just a little bit behind.
This is a great first autoportrait.

Fantastic Vandana! Very nice produced.
I do read of 'focus' ..??? Well to me it looks good! I see you used 'soft focus' .. good choice..!
Job welldone! TFS

Hi vandana,
First of all, you are not ugly, but rather very beautiful.
I like this capture and great exposure with the bounce of flash.
You face looks kind of slightly out of focus because you probably ran a brush tool or something. I only know this because your hair in tak sharp,you smile is just very pleasing and the catch-light in your eyes do tell us about the flash.
Nice ski tones as well.

Not an expert on portraits but this is great.
No unwanted shadows. The tone is very good.
I think you did a very good job here.

hi vandana,

reading and trying. not bad for a first time. like to comment:
make the same pose again without the right hand, print both and see with one you like best after a week. (my guess: without)
use powder to avoid any gloss on the face
use a flashlight that is not on the camera but somewhere left or right.
try artificial light (adjust the ISO on the camera - who cares about some noise if there is with the D70s ) in stead of a flash and let the light come from upright or up left.
continue the series and post your results on TL ...
regards frans

  • Great 
  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-02-20 9:13]

Brilliant work Vandana. I love the composition and the lighting of this.It's also super to see what I will be able to do with *my* new camera! (Still just getting the basics.)

A natural beauty you are Vandana! You did an excellent job here! You are NOT ugly...HAHA!...watch out, you will now have hundreds of trekkers trying to get a date with you!
Wonderful pp work!

hi vandana!!
you have very beautiful model :-)
excellent self portrait.

Hello Vandana,
A fine portrait of an attractive woman!
The optimistic expression is well captured, good details and fine natural colours...
A brave venture well carried out!
Pablo -

Hi Vandana
Well, first things first - you're gorgeous! You make a beautiful subject, you're so lucky that you can be your own model.

From perspective of the lighting - it's good, especially in regard to the bounced light for your hair, that works beautifully and does a lot to bring out the curls of your hair in front of that perfect black background. The front-on light is a little harsh, I presume it was fixed to your camera: I've given up trying to use my camera's flash for portraits. (If ever you're interested, check out my lighting setup. It's very cheap and very basic but it works!

Regarding pose and composition - it's nice. You look a little tense, even anxious - waiting for the timer to go! But that is simply a case of being more relaxed in front of the camera. (That means more self-portraits please!) The shoulder adds a lovely sensuality to the portrait. I'm not sure about the hand/arm - mostly because it has reflected more of the flash than your face, and so risks dominating the shot.

The soft filter is undoubtedly flattering but you're beautiful enough to survive a portrait without it. I'd like to see the honest truth in an autoportrait (but that's just my personal preference.)

I hope all of this is useful, I'm quite passionate about portraits and I think you have done a lovely job here!


  • Great 
  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2007-02-20 14:10]
  • [+]

Hello Vandana.
Very nice autoportrait.
"If we don`t succeed, we run the risk of failure."

Best Regards!


Hi Vandana, great selfportrait, splendid expression, very well done, Ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2007-02-20 15:26]

Hi Vandana,
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! The lighting and focus are fantastic. Well done and TFS Julie

  • Great 
  • sleger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 55 N: 177] (3549)
  • [2007-02-20 16:11]

Hello Vandana

You should use this self portrait as your introductory picture in your profile. The lighting is well balanced and the image is sharp but soft at the same time.
It must be hard in a self portrait to get the focus where you want it so I consider this portrait very good.

Regards, Sylvain

You made lovely job of it Vandana, a touch of the soft-focus technique I think works very well in this situation. A good choice of background, and the lighting, though subdued and a little flat, suits the situation and pose very well. Next time perhaps, direct the chair at a 45+ degree angle to camera axis so that you have to turn your head and shoulders a bit to look into the lens. Try this and see if you like the outcome.
Finally: My compliments to the beautiful model!
Best wishes

Hi Vandana
Very nice portrait.Good smile and Pose.TFS.


Hi Vandana,

WOW.! I think you did very well in this portrait! Ah..there's nothing like reading a good book like photoshop over a fireplace! (^_^) Still, the only way we learn is by experimenting & reading!

Well done

Hello Vandana.
For my not a study but a very good portrait. It's fine to see you. I know who Vandana is when I write a comment.
Have a good day


  • Great 
  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-02-20 21:26]

Hi Vandana,
This is a very good autoportrait of my fiancee. You would be a perfect model. :-)
Very nice colors and lighting.

Great self portrait Vanada! I would never risk my new camera taking one of me!!!
Well done, great subject, lighting, focus and composition, thanks for sharing!

Absolutely stunning self pic. Love your hair and what a beautiful smile. Gorgeous! TFS

Hi Vandana,

After all this there is not very much to say (except agree with shelbeesmom).
It's all very pleasing and well executed.

  • Great 
  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-02-21 4:02]

Hi Vandana
Good to see you.
Verry nice portrait in good light.
Gr Jos

p coming

  • Great 
  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-02-21 4:07]

hey, nice to meet you, you "ugly" Vandana !


  • Great 
  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-02-21 4:34]

Hi Vandana ;)
...beutiful portrait and model...
Have a nice days...
J ;)

Nice picture of a verry nice model. Portraits I find it difficult to make and judge. I think you did a great job especially with a selfportrait.
Well done Vandana.

Grtz Pim

It's really nice to meet you Vandana. This is a great self portrait. Well done.

  • Great 
  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-02-21 11:05]

Hi Vandana

Good portrait with excellent dof & reasonable sharpness. Superb colour, contrast & lighting, with a good facial expression. Tfs!

Hello Vandana,

Excllent Portrait of your self, excllent composed and capured photo well done, I really like this POV alot, excllent Job, Great colors, excllent Job, Oh yea you are a a great looking woman, TFS Kyle

Hi Vandana,

Excellent self-portrait, it is very difficult to get the right composition, but you managed it very well! Natural skin tones, very good exposure and sharpness. Needless to say that the model is beautiful!!

Great self portrait!

  • Great 
  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2007-02-21 13:46]

Portrait assez naturel et bien éclairé.
Bonne journée.

Vandana, if I get changed to the Mormon religion,
will you be my third wife? What a beauty you are,
peewwww:-) Great posting, fantastic! A wink and bye

Hi Vandana,
Lovely self portrait you present here. I like the contrast of the skin against all the black (BG, hair, eyes...).

Hi Vandana, it's a great shot, the lighting turned out very good on you and there is not a bit of oe to complain about! TFS your 'self.' Good pov and dof. You might try looking at another object for a future shot and cropping to the right or left or doing a 'partial.' Experiment around for sure, you're very photogenic!

hie hie
This one turned out just fine with very good eye contact.

Hello Vandana,

This is the very nice autoportrait, which I can speak plus, it is perfect, his basic course of Photoshop, revealed that you nor needs him more, it can already create beautiful pictures.
Your poses is excellent, glance, his skin, light smile is wonderful that here.
Fantastic Vandana!


  • Great 
  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-02-22 11:04]

hi Vandana. beautiful self portrait and good to see you. :)
Thanks for sharing.


  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-02-23 14:08]

Hello Vandana its a lovely self pic fine expression great skin tones and well composed I think a nit pic would be to try mounting the flash off the camera for a less central illumination well done pretty model :-) tfs rgds Necip. sorry P.T. been busy

Hi Vendana,

Just one thing that's not quite right here I'm affraid my friend. You use the word "ugly" in your note. This is definately wrong as you look beautiful to me and I bet your boyfriend thinks so too (he's a lucky fella) :)

The CS2 book is obviously teaching you well as this self portrait shows, the lighting is very good but perhaps your right arm is catching a little too much of it. As Rew says.. it is at risk of drawing our eyes towards it and away from you, as you are the subject.

I've done a quick WS for you, I hope you don't mind and like the result.

Very well done on your portrait shot here vandana, a great first attampt. I should really do a self portrait on myself for TL but being far from the best looking bloke on the planet I'd need all my CS2 skills to make me look any good :)

A good place to learn more about CS2 and its different features is here Radiant Vista I've known about this place for a while now and have downloaded many (60+ I think) video tutorials which have been very helpful. There's a new tutorial each week, just click on The Photoshop Workbench.



Hello Beauty.
Gorgeous 'selfportrait'.!
A reall pleasure to look at. As most girls from India, the kindness is on your face. In the middle east I did work with many Indian guys and met some of the wifes too. Their hospitallity was great. Good memories i have.
Thanks for your comments too.

You have nice features to be a model as yourself! Lighting was indeed soft, perfect for a portrait!
Nicely done vandana! TFS


  • Great 
  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-02-26 15:07]

Nice to see you Vandana, you have done a beautiful portrait to this beautiful model, well done! :))

Lovely self-portrait shot Vandana, just a touch soft but being in front of the camera is harder than being behind it.. well done


nice girl hot look hehe greetings ed-lin

  • Great 
  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-02-27 15:20]

Hi Vandana. Excellent self portrait. Well arranged but natural pose and lovely skin tones. A great result. Interesting notes. TFS. Murray.

Nice selfportrait here, Vandana.
Nice to see your pictures. I know you from John and now I have more time to spend time on TL, so I will visit you more often. Well done with the selftimer. John didn´t lie.

Best regards,


  • Great 
  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-03-03 12:19]

Good work & you had a pretty model! :} Maybe I will try one but will have the camera to my eye! :} Don

  • Great 
  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2007-03-10 15:41]

Nice autoportrait . I should also try and retry for my self !

Yet another nice self shot.

Sometimes it's pretty hard to achieve a great self portrait, one that one will like, and brave enough to post it.

Nice and even background, and simple framing.


  • Great 
  • smena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 154 W: 94 N: 14] (483)
  • [2007-07-17 5:51]

Nice to meet you :)
You have a beautiful galley.
Thank you.

Hi Vandana :o)
Really nice portrait ! You managed very well ... light, sharpness and expression are great. Good job ! I like it :o) TFS
You are a nice woman, really ;o)

My dear Vanny,
How could I ever have missed this gorgeous self portrait? Blame the Baron!
The most beautiful TL-member with number 2923....shame, shame, shame......mea culpa maxima!
Well no more words needed I think, a outstanding and beautiful portrait!

:) Later.....

  • Great 
  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2007-11-26 14:31]

This is a very different Vandana than the one Ann and I met in Belgium and Holland - and I have photos to prove it ;o)).

Excellent auto-portrait, Vandana. Very glamorous, but not overdone. I particularly like your casual pose. Light is fine too.
TFS. Will show this to Ann tomorrow.

Calibration Check