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This picture is yet another proof that in photography often the simplest solutions work the best. Before I comment on it let me say that after having a brief look at the rest of Sharpnel-14's portfolio I'm very much impressed with his style, very intuitive and at the same time formally very sound. I see it as a very masculine kind of photography, with wide tonality, strong lines and bold compositions and, last but not least, a knack for square frames which I personally also like a lot. There is structure in this gallery, and a very visible search for strong form.

All these features are also present in this particular self portrait, but also something far more important: atmosphere. You could say it has to do with soft lighting, shallow contrast or relatively narrow depth of focus - true. But to me it's all in the character and emotion. It's in the tremendous eye contact and in the perfect timing of this exposure. I admire the fact that the author further emphasised this effect by removing what's irrelevant - most importantly the colours, but also the clothes. The crop is just right, although the balance in lights and shadows could be slightly improved (I'll come back to this). All in all, this is a firm, strong picture you can hardly get your eyes away from.

One comment for the author: I think you sit on a verge here, between pure "portrait" genre and a "beauty" shot. You caught an entire spectrum of emotions and feelings - curiosity, fragility, but also determination. On the other hand, the technique you use shows your interest for plasticity and depth of human body. You have a good skill, yet there is nothing that can't be improved. A few small remarks:
- your highlights have been washed out. Apparently you tried to recover it in post production but there is still a lot of detail missing and it looks a bit artificial, especially with this shallow contrast. This can still be corrected, to some extent, in photoshop. Please contact me if you want to know more details on how to do it. A tip for the future - if you stage a self portrait, you can still use a BIT of makeup, at least some foundation
- your dominant eye is sharp, but not quite sharp enough. your sharpness has been set for the right eyebrow rather than the center of the eye. Yes, I know, it's virtually impossible to get right sharpness when self-shooting from a tripod, but the answer to this is: take a couple hundred of pictures and select the sharpest.
- the picture lacks real whites as well as true, deep blacks, which is also the effect of postproduction, or your camera being at it's limits, or BW conversion. It's not a big disadvantage though, this effect fits the mood very well.

Despite these few technical details I do believe this portrait is photography at it's best. My complimets, regards, Tom.
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Loochi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful portrait.
OliviaMichalski Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I featured your beautiful artwork(s) in my newest Square-feature!
Check it out and please give it a favourite :heart:
Have a nice weekend!
KingaagniK Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Photographer
Your wonderful artwork has been featured here: [link] Hope you like it! :icontinyheartplz:
Sharpnel-14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much! :)
thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Photographer
Your wonderful work is featured in my"Soulful b/w feature" -> [link] :heart:
PokieBear94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
...This LOVE it!
MirtKlaar Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Complimenti Andrea, la luce č morbida e la profonditą di campo perfetta!
L'espressione del viso sembra molto naturale.
Dai commenti, vedo che hai fatto una strage di cuori ;)
SeptemberDawn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
You are beautiful.:)
RecycledDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Oh wow, this is beautiful. Nicely done.
Charlie-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Bellissimo ritratto :)
Jay-Snaps Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
This is a fantastic shot, the pose doesn't seem forced at all, it looks so natural. I think it was a good decision to do it in black and white too because it emphasises the intensity of the piece, while keeping things simple.
mehrmeer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I really like the feeling of this shot... it's so meaningful and emotive. Very nicely done! :heart:
liobambi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured♥ [link]
KiraTakuto Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   Photographer
You uploaded it ><

But you're still handsome :iconkissmeeplz:
Lionique Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Handsome :heart:
escaped-emotions Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, this is amazing
seneleth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I already told you how much I like this picture!

Good job :]
tste Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
wow. that's striking! :heart:
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