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Shy by Nature by cuttheredwire Shy by Nature by cuttheredwire
This is a shot of me, Red. The goal was to make it as dark as possible. The photographer (who we won't talk about) put thier finger over the flash to make it dark. That had the side effect of the red hue. It took several tries to get the effect I wanted. For me, this was an experiment, as I had never tried it before. This image was eventually cropped, gray scaled, and adjusted to use as a portrait in other places.

Keep in mind that there was no photomanipulation done to this picture. This is the unedited version. Also, I'm beyond amature at this, so go easy on me. I know it's off center, and there are other things that could be fine tuned. I'm open to ideas, tips, tutorials, a helping hand, or just what ever comes to your mind.

Speacial shout out to ~whyteshadow who requested to see the original version of this shot. She's awesome. :aww: The edited version on can be seen on my modblog page: [link] :and other places may be added soon. I might upload it for compairison sake. It's sort of a " by recomendation" thing, you could say.
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:iconbabysista:
babysista Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
i love the cane. it rocks. there's definitely an aura of mystery to it, and seeing as how you like black so much, it's definitely you :)
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
Thx hun. ^.^ I'll have to add a clear shot of the cane so that ppl can see it. It really is a cool lil thing.
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babysista Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
yea you shold. the cane looks really cool. i'd love to see it :)
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antisaint Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2004
Hm..

You know, now that I'm thinking about it, I'm not sure I have a single picture of you. You shy little fuck. :P

I have seen the edited version, and to be honest, I like it a little more, but this shot, on the whole, is very well done, especially for the first time out the gate. :nod:

Sweet stuff, man.
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Streetfire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
is that a dude with a strap-on tied to his head???
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:iconcuttheredwire:
cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
I don't know what perverted gutter your mind crawled out of, but it's a cane in front of my face. Hence the "There's a cane in front of my face. :laughing:" above, which you must have missed.
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Streetfire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2004
i come from the perverted gutter of my mind i mustve missed the cane thing. hey that gave me an idea do you mind if i use "perverted gutter" as a title for a poem???
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imperfecttears6 Featured By Owner May 11, 2004   Writer
I cant see it very well
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
Nope. Ironically, that was what I wanted. ^.^
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2004
It makes me want to pull you out from the shadows =) Good start hon-- keep it up!
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2004
Pull me out, or come join me. I know it would be better with you closer. :hug:
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2004
:hug:
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shutupjuice Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004
i like it
or maybe im jst getting a bit too emo nowadays.

maybe if taken with a different focal or shutter speed
it would turn out slighty clearer
and you would still be able to have the red hues
cos as you said .. the photographer placed his finger on the flash.

cos when i saw the piece
i only saw a face hidden by what i thought was a masquerade mask held by a hand.

i love it. the mystery and personal emotions tht this piece brings is wonderful.

is it jst me?
cos i find it ironic tht your nick is red as well.
:)

anyway .. tht's my 2 cents.
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
emo... hehehe... /me likes emo :D

Ya, it is a little rough around the edges. I should look into some touch up stuff. It would make all the difference. Can't do much with the shutter speed (cheap digital camera), but that's omething I would play with in the future. Think I should have gon faster or slower?

Not worried about the red hue. That was an accident that I thought looked cool. It ironic though. That it part of the appeal, even though I never needed the coloring.

Ya, it does look a little like a mask... which might make a good idea for another picture. Another sigh that it needs a touch up. It sacrafices vision so much that it lacks clarity. You have to know me already to appreciate the glimmer of me it shows. It could use a little somehting for the general audience.

Finaly some possitive feenback. :aww: I know it can't all be good, but ya need a little to encourage you. Other wise it's all :raincloud: and negativity. Thanks so much, hun! :kiss:
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shutupjuice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
heh. np.
i like the red hue anyway.

maybe you should've gone with a faster shutter speed
i like distorted pictures anyway

:hug:
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
I wonder is some filters on the flash would work out? Something I'll have to try. Maybe I can get some different shades of red. =P I wonder for greys would work out? More experimenting to do. :aww:

Thx for the tip. Wish I had some speed control. I have access to a better camera, but it isn't digital. Digital is a lot cheaper to experiment with. :P

I wonder if a tripod to secure the camera would help? Should cut down on blurring, don't ya think?
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aysel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
what's going on with your eyes? do you have glass flowing out of them? or atleast out of your sunglasses? can't make out what's going on...

but, er, yah, cool beans.
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2004
There's a cane in front of my face. :laughing:
You can't even see my eyes. :aww:
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aysel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004
ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! after staring at if for a little while and turning off the lights I finally saw it. hehe. mysterious! :giggle:
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004
Always remember that Red rarely uses light. :D The brightest thing in my room is this computer screen. :evileyes: I take the whole darkness thing rather seriously. 8)
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aysel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004
haha, zombie/vampire dreams?

weirdo=P :giggle:
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
Hey, I'm cute when I'm evil! :aww: :evillaugh:
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aysel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
lmao. OK! whatever you say... :lol:
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2004
Whatever I say? :evileyes:

OK!

Right hand on Red! :evillaugh:

:boggie:
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blondebabe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, you're silly Red =P Hey, nice to see you're still alive too ;)
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2004
Ya, I'm still here. Quiet as usual. 8) I see you're still around too, which is always welcome. :aww:
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wastedbreathv2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
...I need a new monitor because I'm sure I'm not supposed to see just a black rectangle. :P
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2004
Couldn't see it, huh? Turn out all the lights, up the contrast or brightness, and set it to fullscreen (to kill the brightness of you os gui). Then you shuld be able ot see more. 8)
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sryo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
interesting, but... i cant see you :P

im not a big fan of dark colours, but this one's nice ;)
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
This may sound crazy, but that's the point. ^.~
I don't want to be seen to the point or recognition.
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sryo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
but now i've adjusted the levels in photoshop, and i can see you :P

:evillaugh:
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2004
Ya, I can see ya needing that. Think I should mees with a manip of this?
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stOOpidgErL Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
too dark.... too minimal... i feel nothing... sorry.
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cuttheredwire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
That actually is what I was going for (mainly the dark, but arguably minimal) so cool. 8) Emotions, well, they're hidden, so if you didn't even realize that, I may have done too well with it.

Btw, no such thing as too dark for me. :evileyes:
That also means if it isn't your tastes, it's fine.
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