Alexis Yobbagy 11/30/2009 1:47:54 PM

This is one of the best portraits I've seen in a very long time. Huge Kudos to you for knowing that a dramatic shadow should fall on the side of the face nearest to the lens. That gives this stunning drama and dimension that you've created. AWESOME! #1211033

Hal Bambrick 11/30/2009 2:02:46 PM

Best one I`ve seen too!!!. This is stunning in every aspect I can think of! Kudos on a great piece of work!! #8179975

Douglas Perry 11/30/2009 2:03:44 PM

Another very well lit shot. And I fine being able to set this up in a shot of yourself remarkable. Well done again, Marta. #8179976

Marta Alvira-Hammond 11/30/2009 2:26:38 PM

Wow, thanks for all the wonderful comments, everyone! The original in color is a lot smoother - in Photoshop what I wanted to do was bring out as much of the texture and natural contrasts in my skin as I could (without looking horrifying, of course). The funny thing is that this was the last shot I took, almost as an afterthought and without any sort of setup, I was getting frustrated not getting the shots that I'd had in mind... Good thing I didn't erase it! #8180017

Julianna J. Collett 11/30/2009 4:51:45 PM

Fabulous!!! #8180290

Marta Alvira-Hammond 11/30/2009 9:11:20 PM

Thanks Julianna! #8180852

Dianna Murphy 12/2/2009 8:38:27 AM

Congratulations on your feature in Photoflash this week. #8185131

Marta Alvira-Hammond 12/2/2009 10:32:55 AM

Thanks, Dianna! That was exciting :) #8185480

Douglas Perry 12/15/2009 4:18:10 PM

Congrats Marta. A well deserved Finalist! #8219040

Dianna Murphy 12/15/2009 5:11:27 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your wonderful finalist, best of luck in the Gold round. Dianna #8219440

Marta Alvira-Hammond 12/16/2009 1:38:53 AM

Thanks guys! #8221677

Beth Broadaway 12/16/2009 6:38:26 AM

Congratulations on the finalist; great self-portrait; #8222552

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Another self-portrait, taken in color, converted to B&W. Used Photoshop to bring out as much texture and natural contrasts in the skin as possible.

Shutter 1/400
ISO 400
Aperture priority setting
Natural light, taken at window

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 27.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Uploaded on 11/30/2009 11:18:24 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist

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