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Full Critique "i" - self portrait

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The theme for my breakaway photography group was "Self portrait". I struggled to think of anything original (I'm not a people photographer), so I looked for those things which might define a person as a particular individual amongst others. The result was the fingerprint, and the iris. The fingerprints are of my left hand (but low quality so cannot be used by criminal masterminds) and my left iris.
It's different, and probably stretches the boundaries of what is a self portrait, but there you go.
The frame is one of @Isac 's photoshop actions which I think helps to ground the shot.
Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but comments will, of course, be welcome!

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What imagination! Liking the presentation very much and brilliant eye photograph. Surely the winner!
 

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What imagination! Liking the presentation very much and brilliant eye photograph. Surely the winner!
Thank you Edward!!
 

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Clever, I like it a lot Pete.
I have attempted to get shots of my own iris before and never gotten anywhere near that level of crispness. Plus no reflections either, how did you manage that?
 

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Clever, I like it a lot Pete.
I have attempted to get shots of my own iris before and never gotten anywhere near that level of crispness. Plus no reflections either, how did you manage that?
Cheers Ryan! I had the camera on a tripod, with 100mm macro lens and 44mm extension tubes, meaning that focus was pretty close to the lens. I sat down in a corner so I didn't move much, and shot tethered to my laptop, which meant I could check the shots without moving. Shutter speed was 1/100, and f11, with auto ISO...which, in this dark little area I had picked was 12800...
I illuminated my iris from the side only, and the light was resting on the margin of my eye socket, and just slightly behind the eye. Then, a long cable release, and I could get a shot, readjust either where I was looking, or the angle of the light, and that's what I got. Obviously, I cropped the iris into a circle (it was a little oval shaped)
 

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That’s really good....you were definitely thinking out of the box....and good application of techniques not often exercised. This could make a really good project....maybe a group of friends or a family group perhaps....it would be interesting if you could recognise genetic traits coming through in a family group. I like stuff that makes me think
 

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That’s really good....you were definitely thinking out of the box....and good application of techniques not often exercised. This could make a really good project....maybe a group of friends or a family group perhaps....it would be interesting if you could recognise genetic traits coming through in a family group. I like stuff that makes me think
Thanks Brian - a family thing was not something I considered, but I could see the potential for the above as radiating petals, or something like that. Great idea!
 

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radiating petals
That phrase reminded me of something I saw on Facebook recently.

YourHerefordshire asked: You know you're in Herefordshire when?
Someone responded: Your family tree is a spirograph
 

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The theme for my breakaway photography group was "Self portrait". I struggled to think of anything original (I'm not a people photographer), so I looked for those things which might define a person as a particular individual amongst others. The result was the fingerprint, and the iris. The fingerprints are of my left hand (but low quality so cannot be used by criminal masterminds) and my left iris.It's different, and probably stretches the boundaries of what is a self portrait, but there you go. The frame is one of @Isac 's photoshop actions which I think helps to ground the shot. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but comments will, of course, be welcome!
That looks amazing Pete! Gets my vote so all those in favour, say "Eye". I guess the eyes have it! and thanks for the plug for the action - appreciated. I haven't seen the actions get that look before, how did you get it to look like that? It looks like it didn't work as it should.
 

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That looks amazing Pete! Gets my vote so all those in favour, say "Eye". I guess the eyes have it! and thanks for the plug for the action - appreciated. I haven't seen the actions get that look before, how did you get it to look like that? It looks like it didn't work as it should.
Thanks Greg! I just clicked on "double matte" and this is what came up as a result!
 

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Thanks Greg! I just clicked on "double matte" and this is what came up as a result!
Thanks for that Pete. It looks like the result you might get by not having the image @72 PPI. When you run the action "Isac Images QUICK Double Matte" you will get 2 Pop-Up Messages that have instructions for image size recomendations and colour selections for the inner and outer mattes.
Message #1
For best results, use an image that is between
3000 and 5000 pixels on the longest side
and set the PIXELS PER INCH to 72 (PPI).
Message #2
Please Select your matte board colours:
Inner Matte = FOREGROUND Colour.
Outer Matte = BACKGROUND Colour.
I just ran it with an image 3500px high @ 300 PPI and it turned out similar to yours.
The same size @72 PPI looks like this with colours grabbed from the eye.Quick Double Matte.jpg
 
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@Isac...yep, had another go, and you are right (of course, since it's yours!)
 
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