<<< o >>>does my nose look big in this? 26 comments + add yours

This continues the theme of 'portraits shot through other materials' that I started the other day. It's of this daughter who I haven't photographed for a while – as she's fond of pointing out ;-) – and was taken through a plastic, gel-filled CD holder.

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5.26pm on 3/3/05
Canon 20D
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3x2 + children
comment by Tony S. at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Nice effect, I wonder how it would look if she was looking straight at you and each section of her face would be in a different segment of color.

comment by Joseph Spurling at 09:33 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Heh, what a crazy idea - but it worked!

Much better than any filter could have managed!

comment by peter cohen at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Oh, I really like this one!

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 09:51 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Great colors. Love cyan =)

comment by justin at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Hey, this is cool.

comment by Adrian Hudson at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Am I allowed to say I don't like this one Dave. Sorry. It's technically an interesting photograph and has merit in itself... ...but such a shame to do this to your beautiful daugher.

I'm sorry...

comment by djn1 at 10:20 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Adrian: I should, perhaps, have added that she thought this was pretty cool, in a light-hearted sort of way. It's not flattering, and it's not much of a portrait, but we did think it was fun.

comment by Andrew at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Your photos are incredible!! I love your photo an I hpe one day mine will be as good as yors. Vistit me maybe: www.straupisz.blog.pl

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

I have to honestly say, its a little to 'modern' for me? The colours are good...but as for a portrait...I cannot tell there is a person behind there except for maybe pinoccio? (no offense, but all I see is a big nose) Colors are good, but not a good portrait. And for the record, I thought 'Clean' was a better example of your 'though materials portraits'.

comment by Tanner at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Actually..I like this one A LOT more than clean. It's more interesting, in my opinion. There was a lot going on in clean, and not much to focus on..my eyes were really left wandering and i found myself not looking at it long.

I like this one a bit more, but still wish SOMETHING was in focus. It's better than anything I've made though, awesome stuff.

comment by djn1 at 11:56 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2005

Fellow Eskimo and Tanner: much as I hate to admit it I'm not sure which shot you're referring to by 'Clean'. Do you mean this one:

Photo Friday: Clean

comment by djn1 at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

OK, I've spoken to Eskimo and she was referring to a long way away. The 'clean' bit, as some of you will have noticed, is appended to the filename of all the main image pages - this is a legacy from when the site had two views for each image, one that included the text and comments, and the one I have now. Since I abandoned the other view quite some time ago I suppose I could re-code my current pages, but this would break a lot of external links, so I'm going to leave them alone. On which irrelevant note I'm going to bed ;-)

comment by miklos at 12:52 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

Hrm, I'm now moving chromasia from my "photoblogs" category to my "graphic art" category. Or maybe under "photoshop tutorials" :)

comment by djn1 at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

miklos: lol – FYI, there wasn't a great deal of post-processing done on this shot: an increase in contrast, a slight change to the colour balance, and that's about it ;-)

comment by kate at 01:59 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

this is nothing short of spectacular. i love the split profile and the light bursting from her bottom lip like words wanting to be shouted! the green color there appears negative and i love the way it transitions to a splat of magenta "breath".
the mood is perfect for the split and abrupt colors. the strong angle of her nose and nostril flare, the abstract smudgy forwards stare of her eye and flatness of her cheek.
if i was her, i'd be thrilled to have a dad open to capturing such expression. brilliant!! congrats to you both! :))

comment by kate at 02:07 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

meant to say the green color at her lips appears like a photographic negative ;)

comment by Hungaro at 03:55 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

wonderful, creative...very well done
not sure though your daughter will appreciate being in this portrait...., but maybe she'll like something different

comment by Adriana at 07:38 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

Well, I really think that all your daughters are beautiful. I saw the picture when there was no comments, so I didn't want to post the first one to say that this is not my favorite work from you Dave. Yes it is funny and is a lightening to know that your child thought it was funny, cause after all, I think this is all about, but I still prefer the old style. :)

comment by John at 08:00 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

Dear Miklos

I think if you put this into a graphic art category then it will stand out even more. Graphic art usually contains a combination of image and text and serves some purpose to inform.

This isn't one my favourites as well but I just see it as an experimental peice of photography which produces a chance image. This is really always going to produce an image that people will like or not.

Secondly, and this is not aimed at you Miklos it is just a general observation and food for thought. Many great artists produce work where the light has been exagarated to unreal proportions. They also paint trees and grass and skys in a completely different colour to the one that they saw.

It is purely a matter of individual taste as to how much post processing an individual photographer performs on each image.

comment by pierre at 10:43 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

That's a clever idea.

comment by russ morris at 12:20 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

experimentation is a good thing, david. i think that's what photography is all about. i like seeing this kind of image. keep playing.

comment by Nick at 01:04 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

Very clever, it has a surreal sci-fi look and I think it has a slight "edge" to it.

comment by Jason Wall at 04:38 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

How very pschedelic.

comment by Du at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

Nice effect.

comment by picturegrl at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2005

I like the colors. I think you could do something really neat with this object, but I don't care for the nose. Just not my favorite. Still, I think the CD holder (?) has a lot of potential as an object to shoot other things through.

comment by djn1 at 12:00 PM (GMT) on 5 March, 2005

Thanks everyone.