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    Good lord yesterday was my 24th birthday. Six more years till I am three decades old. Three years after that I’ll be a third of a century old! OK I’ll stop!

    I took this shot right after I tried creating some elaborate composition with a bottle of Absinthe. I got halfway through my process and realized I was trying to polish a turd and threw in the towel. What's worse is that I worked a total of six hours on it including the setup. I learned the hard way of how important having an extra strobe can be. I was so upset with myself. Luckily, I took some spur of the moment shots right after that I actually liked a lot better. I think I prefer myself closer so I can see all the gritty details. This is my one and only suit. It just happens to be the one that I wore to the interview of my first “real job” right after a couple of internships in college. I figure I’ll wear it once a year so why not wear it for the heck of it.

    Pretty simple setup for this. Canon 580EXII slight camera left into 48” silver umbrella. EXIF ISO 200, 35mm, f/8, 1/200 sec. The more I use my flash off camera the more I love it. It improves my photos so much. Thanks to Joe Alisa for kicking me in the ass to learn off-camera flash! I decided to lay off the airbrush style dodge & burn that I’ve used a lot and try something different and more challenging. I would say this is my favorite self-portrait so far. It conveys my personality perfectly.

    Oh yea... for the last time this is not HDR!!

    Featured in Flickr Explore November 10, 2008

    suesue2, semimortal79, Sergio Parisi, and 52 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. postpurchase 100 months ago | reply

      excellent work... who needs the absinthe anyway... stinky old wormwood... enjoy those remaining 20s!

    2. ArtCPhotos 99 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All Lighting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Bahi Mashat 99 months ago | reply

      very nice technique :) love the eyes part,, and the face expression however, not a fan of skin tone,,,

      well done :)

    4. ~EvidencE~ 98 months ago | reply

      WoW very cool

      Hope u had a nice birthday
      all the best

    5. FLICKR.COM/CHRISWEISSPHOTO 97 months ago | reply

      Awesome.. Great post processing.. just fill light, vibrance, and contrast?

    6. Dave Alexander. 96 months ago | reply

      this is insanely good!
      i thought it was a pseudo HDR until i read the description, which makes me wonder, if this ISN'T a HDR, how the hell did you get it to look like this?

      amazing work.

    7. (moved to [deleted] 95 months ago | reply

      dude your work is incredible.

    8. Bandal 95 months ago | reply

      awesome portrait!!!!

    9. mcpeak_michael 86 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called One Million Smiles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. CONOR LEDWITH 86 months ago | reply

      Very impressive, some processing, the fact its not hdr makes it even more interesting

    11. Korzan Customs 84 months ago | reply

      Love the photo what program did you use in your post processing or how did you get the small hdr look

    12. carE. 83 months ago | reply

      youre a badass haha

    13. rella88 77 months ago | reply

      Great SP and processing. Oh, and happy birthday.....

    14. IanLudwig 75 months ago | reply

      Awesome processing.

    15. RileyJoseph 66 months ago | reply

      For not being HDR it sure looks like it has had the shit HDR'd out of it. Too bad because it could be a good photo.

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