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View Poll Results: Self shot with camera in mirror for avatar - height of nerdiness or coolness?
It is a sign that you are a serious photographer 21 12.50%
It is a sign that you are a complete nerd 60 35.71%
Its something that beginners do to feel like they belong to some elite club (of nerds) 41 24.40%
you couldn´t decide on which of your truly great photos you would use as avatar 46 27.38%
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Old 01-26-2009   #81
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I think what I like about Al's risque pic is that it's pure sixties ... who cares who shot it it's a fine, very atmospheric photograph.

I can't say your body turns me on though sorry Al ... but I do think the generous thing to do would be to send an autographed copy to Heldur!
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Keith, are you suggesting that it might turn Heldur on? That seems to be the consensus amongst those who've sent emails and private massages to me.
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Heldur, if you'd read the caption that was with that photo you'd know that it was NOT a self portrait. Another person made the photograph. Linking to the photo directly rather than to the blog posting of the photo together with the caption takes it out of context. Still, I suppose that some women and certain men might find it appealing. Perhaps you'd care to purchase a print? Enjoy!
Yes I saw later that it wasn´t a self portrait, apologies.

But after reading some of the other posts though it is like being back in high school here lol
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I agree, newsgrunt. Heldur should have done exactly that. I'd posted the photo elsewhere, he's the one who decided to shock everyone with the link. Without that link you wouldn't have been shocked! You probably would never have run across the picture to begin with.
Actually you placed the link to the blog containing the photo.
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The Greeks were far ahead in some respects...

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I was waiting for Heldur to join the contest, as it would have been great for him to submit the winning mirror self-portrait image, but no, so ...

... the winner is Keith! IMO, his image has great tones, great hands, great hat, and a mystery to it that makes it the most interesting of the pictures submitted.

The (small) prize is a roll of Kodak Infra-red EIR Ektachrome film.

Kudos go to Steve's tribute to Fenninger, historisist's vunerable self-image, Ken and photodave's colourful abstracts, and Nick's wild hair-doo.
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I was waiting for Heldur to join the contest, as it would have been great for him to submit the winning mirror self-portrait image, but no, so ...

... the winner is Keith! IMO, his image has great tones, great hands, great hat, and a mystery to it that makes it the most interesting of the pictures submitted.

The (small) prize is a roll of Kodak Infra-red EIR Ektachrome film.

Kudos go to Steve's tribute to Fenninger, historisist's vunerable self-image, Ken and photodave's colourful abstracts, and Nick's wild hair-doo.
Great little contest and a nice prize.
Good job Frank!
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actually Kieths´ photo invoked images of a hardened miner who had just finished a hard days work, with worn but tough hands, and a almost oily shirt. Or maybe a 70s vietnam war correspondent fresh from the battlefield.
(although the reality may have been more like someone who just returned from chess club and wanted to see how he looked in his new mail order Indian Jones hat)

I liked PeterM1's shot. To me it has a raw honesty feel to it, the look of concentration of a photographer composing his shot, seems to be looking deeper into something.

No I didn't contribute, I have offended enough people so probably better to hide under a rock. I have too much to learn.
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actually Kieths´ photo invoked images of a hardened miner who had just finished a hard days work, with worn but tough hands, and a almost oily shirt. Or maybe a 70s vietnam war correspondent fresh from the battlefield.
(although the reality may have been more like someone who just returned from chess club and wanted to see how he looked in his new mail order Indian Jones hat)

I liked PeterM1's shot. To me it has a raw honesty feel to it, the look of concentration of a photographer composing his shot, seems to be looking deeper into something.

No I didn't contribute, I have offended enough people so probably better to hide under a rock. I have too much to learn.

Sorry ... never worked in the mines but have worked outside for a lot of my life so my hands are somewhat hardened and battle scarred I guess. Missed the draft to Vietnam by not much with the then ballot system in New Zealand. I don't think that shirt has much oil on it but I may have to check. As for my hat I bought that twenty years ago and when I'm outside in the Aussie sun my head would fry without it due to lack of hair but sadly the hat is very near the end of it's life span so I may have to get another ... do you happen to have that mail order contact you mentioned?

And yes ... you do have a lot to learn but I don't personally hold that against you ... plus everyone in this world is entitled to their opinion!
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http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkw...romZR40QQ_mdoZ



The following one has a whip with it and only 1 hour to go current price $15.50!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/INDIANA-JONES-OFFICIAL-ADULT-HAT-BLACK-WHIP-PRIORITY_W0QQitemZ320334427044QQcmdZViewItemQQptZL H_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item320334427044&_trksid=p3 286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3 A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

In all fairness, good to see you got a good sense of humour all meant in fun. I lived on the Sunshine Coast for about 14 years so know about that harsh sun!
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http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkw...romZR40QQ_mdoZ



The following one has a whip with it and only 1 hour to go current price $15.50!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/INDIANA-JONES-OFFICIAL-ADULT-HAT-BLACK-WHIP-PRIORITY_W0QQitemZ320334427044QQcmdZViewItemQQptZL H_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item320334427044&_trksid=p3 286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3 A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

In all fairness, good to see you got a good sense of humour all meant in fun. I lived on the Sunshine Coast for about 14 years so know about that harsh sun!

LOL ... damn you gotta love that whip!

Fourteen years here almost makes you an Aussie so I can forgive you for anything ... but, the Sunshine Coast is a bit fast for me.

Sometimes we need to remember that we're here to discuss rangefinders and photography and we should leave the other stuff to people with nothing better to do ... I aplogise for needling you earlier.

I'm normally very tolerant!
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http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkw...romZR40QQ_mdoZ



The following one has a whip with it and only 1 hour to go current price $15.50!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/INDIANA-JONES-OFFICIAL-ADULT-HAT-BLACK-WHIP-PRIORITY_W0QQitemZ320334427044QQcmdZViewItemQQptZL H_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item320334427044&_trksid=p3 286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3 A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

In all fairness, good to see you got a good sense of humour all meant in fun. I lived on the Sunshine Coast for about 14 years so know about that harsh sun!
Heldur, I was in Quito just recently. Check out my gallery for some familiar sights!
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Not going to win any contests, just wanted to stop in say hi!
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yet another great thread. here's my shot in front of an Anish Kapoor sculpture at the Hong Kong Airport:
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This is by far the geekiest thing I've ever done with a camera. My young son was wondering what on earth dad was up to outside with the mirror and the old camera. Well he might wonder...

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This is by far the geekiest thing I've ever done with a camera. My young son was wondering what on earth dad was up to outside with the mirror and the old camera. Well he might wonder...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ex/Rolleye.jpg
That's really good! I'm surprised I've never seen that done before...
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hehe - good one FrankS. Obviously guilty of a major crop on this one!
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It's the only time I get to appear in a family photo. My wife refuses to take photos (of me or anything) with my "complicated" M2! Of course, there is the self-timer but that really is for nerds.
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I was shooting in a movie theatre that I worked in as a teenager that was slated to close for good. I couldn't resist doing a self-portrait in the mirrored ceilings.

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I think that's HP5+ at ISO 6400, I didn't crop it either - that's all the Epson Software got.
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A right of passage! I thought this was going to be a poll to see who has / hasn't done it!
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I got the idea from RFF i.e. it isn't me. A few would know who it is, and probably a lot more recently.
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just because i can...and even better to stir the calm waters of complacency...and hey - it's the last frame on the roll sometimes
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I typically arrange a haircut while on vacation, But I haven't used any of the documenting shots as an avatar.
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The question is, does my photography suck because of my avatar or because I'm a nerd? If I change my avatar will my photography improve and will I be less nerdy?
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Hmm..seems I am a nerd. Don't mind it actually - my wife calls me both geek and nerd all the time (in a loving voice...I think), as long as she does not comment on my more than 50 cameras, I do not really care. But hey - I don't comment on her 4 story doll house either (she is 45)

I do take a lot of self shots in the mirror. Whenever a test a "new" camera (usually after a sever GAS attack or a visit to the local second hand store), I start by shooting into the mirror to make sure which camera I am testing, otherwise it sometimes get a bit confusing when developing 3 or 4 films in a batch.

And wait a minute - my avatar is a mirrored reflection from a computer screen, made at at hi-tech art exhibition that I visited some time ago. Wonder if that counts...
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It is pure geekery, but you have to do it sometimes. I'd never put it on the internet though...unless it had some endearing quality I didn't intend. In the Avatar? Not my thing.
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I avoided this post for over a year... yes, that is a qualifying avatar,
but spending the holiday mostly in bed with a horrendous cold,
I was amusing myself with a digi pns.

MY GOD! Am I really that old (yes) and do I look that bad? (right on)

And this is an exercize that won't be repeated... or published.

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