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It's been quite a while since I've done an SP - but I've been so fascinated lately by the winter light coming through our windows - I couldn't help but set up the camera and tripod today.

Canon EOS 5D
1/500s f/2.8 at 100.0mm iso50 full exif

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Jay Levin14-Dec-2012 02:18
I happened to find this tonight for the second time, Jenene. Since more than 3 1/2 years have passed since my earlier comment, I'm changing the fraction to 1/64. :-)
Bartosz Kotulski17-Nov-2008 21:01
nicely done. great facial lighting.V
Jim Coffman31-Jul-2008 01:32
Excellent work! V
Guest 07-Apr-2008 11:50
Michaelangelo would be jealous
Of such beauty sculpted with light :)
Jay Levin13-Mar-2008 18:44
Perhaps one of the most enchanting SPs I've seen on Pbase. Seeing as we can see only a bit more than half of you, I should only look 1/8 as good. :)
Robyco05-Mar-2008 11:50
The lightplay is perfect ~!!~ (V)
Tim May03-Mar-2008 17:15
I feel a connection with the flame profile image and this one - pictures of an intensity that is powerful.
Phil Douglis29-Feb-2008 20:19
The shadows that gather around your head are more cohesive now that you have remove the stray highlight that was at the lower left. A small thing, with large effect. I love Dave's comment, too -- he notes a human profile in the shadow that darkens your skin, just as I saw myself reflected by my glossy monitor, making us into a composite. His quote from Shelley's poem "The Earth" makes a wonderful companion to this haunted image.
Dave Wyman29-Feb-2008 18:07
In a way, the shadow that runs diagonally across your face looks like the shadow of someone else - there's the sloping forehead and a nose and jutting jaw across your mouth. Perhaps you've been confronted by your shadowy doppleganger.

"Ere Babylon was dust, / The Magus Zoroaster, my dear child, / Met his own image walking in the garden. / That apparition, sole of men, he saw. / For know there are two worlds of life and death: / One that which thou beholdest; but the other / Is underneath the grave, where do inhabit / The shadows of all forms that think and live / Till death unite them and they part no more...."
Ann LT29-Feb-2008 05:06 the light caresses your face.
Incredibly beautiful,Jenene.
Cindi Smith28-Feb-2008 22:54
This is superb work! You are a beauty and I love the light!
shatterbug28-Feb-2008 22:32
The one eye revealed really grabs your attention...compelling portrait!
Sue Robertson28-Feb-2008 21:23
Excellent!... What Phil said.. :)
Lee Rudd28-Feb-2008 20:20
powerful eye looking out from the frame of hair and nose
Phil Douglis28-Feb-2008 19:52
It is the degree of abstraction that makes this self portrait so absorbing, Jenene. The darker the image, the stronger the eye becomes in contrast. Remove the light on the arm in the lower left hand corner if you can, and watch the image become even more expressive. There is feeling a utter loneliness here that prods the imagination of the viewer. Amazingly, you invite me to become part of the portrait --I have a glossy monitor surface, and I see the reflection of half of my own face within the dark portion of your face, making us one and the same. It is an eerie effect.

I think you can learn much through self-portraiture, Jenene -- the model comes free, and no matter how hard you push her, she will do your bidding without complaint.
Roe..28-Feb-2008 14:38
I am loving this..perfect title..magical light and most of all you :)
dane28-Feb-2008 12:36
The artist at work... wonderful. v
Ray :)28-Feb-2008 12:26
Feel the force!
Nice to see a little more of you :)
saltzman4028-Feb-2008 12:07
Wow, you really do look spellbound. It is as if your eye is staring at me but no really.