Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts
    803
    Real Name
    Gretchen

    Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Hey all, Hope everyone is doing well!

    I was alone (what a concept) for a whole day yesterday in a hotel room. I took advantage and walked-around with my camera and did some studying on color and light. As I said before, I'm still confused as I was trained to work with color as pigment and switching to color as light is bending my brain a bit. I've not had the time to do much studying. I also went thru my library and found my stash of color theory books. So, I'll probably have lots of questions in a few days.

    Anyway, among the pictures I took, I managed a self-portrait --what do you think? I don't understand why the head area seems blurry.


    Does this photo make me look fat?  C&C always --

    teehee --taken about 2pm in St. Louis, MO.

  2. #2
    Moderator Donald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Glenfarg, Scotland
    Posts
    19,707
    Real Name
    Just add 'MacKenzie'

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Wonderful idea and very well executed.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts
    803
    Real Name
    Gretchen

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Thanks MacKenzie. I still think it could be sharper towards the shoulders and head. Ah well, it was a fun afternoon, that's what counts, right?

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    South Devon, UK
    Posts
    11,343

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Probably to do with the focus point, Gretchen.

    There is a gradual reduction in sharpness, and contrast, from the feet towards the head.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    189
    Real Name
    Helen Wood

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    To add to Geoff's comment - I assume that this was taken at an angle so that the sidewalk was not parallel to the lens. In that case could it be like a DOF effect where the head is effectively more distant. Would a smaller aperture have helped?

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Provence, France
    Posts
    906
    Real Name
    Remco

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Also, the distance between object and shadow increases towards the head. That will reduce the sharpness of the shadow towards the head,
    unless you really have a point source for your light.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Chandigarh, India
    Posts
    1,541
    Real Name
    Sahil Jain

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    I like the idea of having your feet included in the shot, Gretchen. Nice shot.

  8. #8
    WJT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Darwin, Australia
    Posts
    917
    Real Name
    Wayne Turner

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Great shot and all the better for the feet in the bottom, it gives it a cartoon look. My friend's (ex) girl friend once asked if the dress she was wearing made her look fat. He replied no the dress doesn't, it's all that junk food that makes you look fat. It never lasted, who would have thought.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts
    803
    Real Name
    Gretchen

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Thanks everyone! I giggled after I took this. Having the shoes in the picture came from the story of Peter Pan --he had to sew his shadow to his feet --or something like that. Or Wendy sewed it --I can't remember exactly. I was taking all kinds of shadow pictures that afternoon, the angles intrigued me, then I caught my own shadow and got the idea to make one as a self-portrait. I'll post some of the others if I ever get time for PP.

    So glad you enjoyed it.

  10. #10
    Soozie B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    219
    Real Name
    Soozie

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Quote Originally Posted by ggt View Post
    Or Wendy sewed it --I can't remember exactly.
    hehehe Gretchen, I believe it was Wendy who sewed the ever escaping shadow to Peter Pan. I had the exact scene in my head when I first looked at this. Perhaps I haven't grown up either.

    I love the fact that a photo has recalled a favourite childhood story for me.

    Thank you so much :-)

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    226
    Real Name
    Harry

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    great pic Gretchen, clever idea. thought i would share one of a series of experimental shadow pics my girlfriend and i took recently, this one made me look fat
    Does this photo make me look fat?  C&C always --

  12. #12

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Johannesburg South Africa
    Posts
    2,550
    Real Name
    Andre Burger

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    That question has made good relationships end up in divorce court. I think I will do what is appropriate for a man to do when asked that question - SHUT UP. (Depends on how long he has been married, I suppose)

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts
    803
    Real Name
    Gretchen

    Re: Does this photo make me look fat? C&C always --

    Hazza, very cool! Thanks for posting.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •