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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
A little vain creativity.

For you photoshoppers out there, the next time you make a black and white photo, play with the following adjustment. (Make sure your photo is 8bit) Layers> Variations. Set the fineness to the middle setting or lower and select midtones. The array of images given for you to choose have a small degree of color change. You choose the one you want and go from there.

The function was created to fix color casts before WB filters became amazing. Don't use it for that. Use it to impart emotion and subtle color to your BnW photos. It is amazing.
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moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: December 9th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is okay for you to be vain, sexybunnyman.

Double your pleasure, double your fun?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't I know it.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 9th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a great self-portrait.
Have you ever seen Norman Rockwell's famous self'portrait? Where he paints himself sitting at the eisel, from the back, all scruffy, with a mirror on his left and a canvas on his right, and in the mirror you can see his nerdy, scruffy face, and on the canvas he's painting this smooth, Bing Crosby-like portrait? I love that painting because it is so revealing about the artist.
For some reason, this photo of yours is very revealing, it's artsy and goofy and serious all at once, and there's some emotion there, too. Plus the photo clarity is great.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done plenty of doctored vanity shots over the last few years. I's a good skill, being able to make someone look good, but I wanted reality last night. I was in a somewhat depressed and non-self-deluding modus operandi. Thus, this one, when I knew I only had harsh lighting and lots of stubble.

How is it goofy?
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 9th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um...maybe I'm projecting. Anything I do involving a camera pointed at myself - especially if it involves a mirror - requires a modicum of goofiness of my part.

Whenever people see pictures of themselves, I think their eyes go strait to the places that make them feel self conscious. For example, when I look at pictures of myself, the first thing I look at is my upper arms and waistline to see if I look fat, and then my nose and face, to see if it looks piggish and round. Nobody else zeros these things when they look at pictures of me.
When I first saw this shot of you, I didn't even see the scruff until you pointed it out. Actually the first thing I saw was your ear, because that's what meets on the glass so it butterflies, and looks neat. Then your eyes, because the angle of the shot doesn't create perfecty symmetry with the mirror - which I like, I don't think I'd like it so much if it did - so your two gazes are slightly different. And though the eyes are haloed with shadow they still stand out, and in the black and white the iris' are just light-swallowing black; I don't know if that was intentional or not but if gives this view of a hungry soul, someone who is pulling in and doesn't have much to give back at the moment (which, if you were depressed, was probably true, I guess). And then the next thing I looked at was your mouth. Your mouth just has a great shape, and the mirror caught it from two perspectives and makes it doubly intriguing.
The face on the left seems to be lifted slightly up, as though studying something, possibly searching for something. The face on the right seems to be looking directly across, as though given up, and spacing out. Anyway that's my perspective, that's why I think it's so revealing, a great shot.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 9th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I haven't talked that much about what I saw in a piece of art since sophomore year when I went to the Chicago Museum of Modern Art and was trying to impress my date, sheesh!
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it when people deconstruct my pictures. It is so cool. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
You tryin' to impress me, babeh? Woohoo!
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 9th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, butterflied ears get me going every time.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: toovey Date: December 13th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, nice. I'd like to be your friend... do you mind if I add you?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 13th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
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