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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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September Self Portrait Challenge - Contrast

Contrast1 sp by marisol diaz

I think this is such a great prompt! CONTRAST, for me it allowed for the exploration of texture and focal point. I for one like to play with the focal point NOT being in focus and admire that capability in many photographer's work. It It is a technique that is definitely not easy to conceive of! In this pic the hair is so extremely in focus - yet I hoped the eye was still the focal point. In addition, I don't think I ever paid too much attention to the texture of my hair before- it has a mind of its own!! It was also fun to play with the black & white contrast.


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Love the hair being in focus, but the focal point still being the eye. Great composition, too! Great take on this month's theme!

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Wow, I love this one, great texture contrast you've discovered, right in front of your eyes!.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulieZS

This is quite a remarkable portrait. I love the contrast of the hair and your face; the DOF is perfect!

Your comment on my picture made my day, just so you know!

I agree, your hair has a bit of a wild look to it! Such a great contrast with the steadiness of the eye. Nice work!

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

this is a beautiful shot and the emotion that comes forth from your eye is so captivating. i got a chance to "meet" you through your site and your work is so inspiring.

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

Framing is a technique where by you draw attention to one element of an image by framing it with another element of the image. Framing gives an image depth and draws the eye to a point of interest in the image.

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Wall Art

Wow. Fantastic.

First, I find the images that have all shades of gray represented from the whitest whites to the blackest blacks are both the most compelling and the most harmonious. Particularly, the fact that your hair has so much going on with it due to the various ways light is hitting it: even your hair has depth, and not just from variations in depth of field.

Second, I find the "device" of contrast to have the most impact in grayscale, when color is not an additional piece of information that my eye and brain have to process.

Third, the focal point of your eye being slightly blurry and your hair being sharp creates not only a tension technically, but contributes to the overall sense of the picture (steady slightly upward gaze, wild hair in front of the face) being ominous, pregnant -- some shit's about to go down, whether it be seduction or violence or a winning hand at poker...though I see seduction.

Maybe this was just a study, but I'd buy it if you sold it.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalgon

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