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A Self-Portrait...Please leave me your comments and critiques. :)

This is an older shot--that I may have had on here before--which I decided to tweak a bit today. It's my usual headless crop and the close, wide-angle perspective has exaggerated the length of my leg...but I really like how it turned out. Though looking at older shots like this makes me realize I have definitely lost some muscle tone lately (due to being busy and skipping workouts)...but that is going to change! I am sticking to my New Year's resolution which is to quit being lazy and skipping things such as workouts! :P
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First of all the body-you have obviously been at this for years and I am amazed at your physique and limberness. The piece as art is beautiful and inspiring and the lighting is superb. I like the composition and I wonder if you might also do another where it is cropped in so closely in on the body which might offer another perspective which would highlight the convex and concave of the musculature? This might offer more of the flowing in and out that the eye desires. Otherwise the eye zips in and zips out and doesn't linger quite as long. Very nice work.
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Digital Artist
You're so awesomely artistic. :D

For some reason this looks like something that folks would use as a desktop wallpaper. It's got the right balance to it.
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful!
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Lurrdoc Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Very impressive stunt, sir, it is no easy feat! Great photography too!
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ArtOfElysee Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Lovely piece.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Hi! your work has been featured [link] :heart:
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Widdershins-Works Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I must say I really enjoy the curl in this one, it makes it very sensual and attractive.
Also once again the lights are beautiful how they play on your body and the ankle gives even more to this sensual atmosphere to me at least.

I could not give you real critique since I love this one into pieces and another fantastic shot you just made. I can't stop adoring this gentle curl in the back so elegant, powerful and yet fragile and even a bit breakable. )
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sarith69 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
That's an impressive ability!
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GeruSadora Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Flexibility unf. I used to be able to do that. Hope that floor wasn't too cold. :D
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Angel0626 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
hit enter before I was done :P Love the tone in your back, just brilliant! Wish I was half that flexible... :D You are great at what you do love!
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Angel0626 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
ouch :P
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mattlenzman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Very nice. I like the way your legs form a perfect diagonal across the frame.
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:iconcontorted4life:
contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you. That was the effect I was going for.
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DangerousGlitterBaby Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really beautiful.
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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DangerousGlitterBaby Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
You are welcome.
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rockmylife Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great pose :) you have made a great job :)
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:iconcontorted4life:
contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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carsonhadlee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Amazingly wonderful body pose. It offers so many angles and muscles to study. This is one worth pulling up a chair to and just oggling for a while.

Nice !

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:iconcontorted4life:
contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, thank you. I don't mind my body being ogled at one bit. ;)
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Aldric-Cheylan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo~~ This is so beautiful! :heart:
I love how the light highlights your body and muscles, and your back is just gorgeous!
Awesome picture!
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'm so glad you like it. Thank you. :heart:
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Aldric-Cheylan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome!
It's really wonderful! :heart:
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Gruffot Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
finally unbound, well done :clap:
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha, yeah. Thank you.
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circlewircle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Love the color pop! I can even see the veins in the back of your knees. And the area where your right cheek meets the floor is flat goodness.
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, 'flat goodness'--I like that! I do have pretty pronounced veins on the back of my knees...and I'm glad you like the color (black and white can get a bit boring sometimes). :)
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siyeh75 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
So, a wide-angle lens made you taller? Hmmm.. I wonder if that would work on me. ;) The muscles in your upper arms and and upper back really pop in this photo. I am guessing they are flexed because they are holding some of your weight?

Anyway - another awesome photo and thanks for posting!
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha, just shoot wide and from a low angle and you can make yourself as tall as you like. :D My muscles are flexed as I am trying my best to arch my back while in the splits. Thanks.
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LadyRhianwriter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Very, very nice!
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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LadyRhianwriter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
:)
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, nice form. Wish I could do a split.
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you...I feel the same way! I had been skipping stretches as well as workouts for a while and now I can't quite do the splits--but I should soon be doing them again!
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm actually starting a workout regimen tomorrow! :nod: Any tips for a beginner who wants to do what you do?
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well I think the best advice for someone just starting out is to start out light and work your way up to more demanding exercises/stretches.

Some great strength training exercises to start with are pushups, squats/lunges, and pull ups...Just do however many reps you can of each exercise, take a minute break, and repeat for another one to two sets. Start out with these sorts of body weight exercises or light weights and then slowly increase the weight as you find you are able to easily do more than say 15 reps of any exercise. Dumbell flies, lunges, dead-lifts, rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, calf-raises, dumbell shoulder presses, and pushups are all exercises I do fairly often. Never do more than 5 or 6 different exercises in one session, always do a gentle warm-up, listen to your body (pain does not equal gain) and always listen to music that gets you pumped up and enjoying your workout! :D

As far as stretches go, well, gentle yoga is a great place to start. The key really is to start out with light stretching and work your way up to deeper stretches very slowly (something I didn't realize when I was younger and am paying for constantly today). I learned what stretches to do by reading articles online and guides such as "The contortionist's Handbook" (though I found my body could not take the amount of stretching that it recommended). I personally hold my stretches for a max of 5 full, slow breaths (and often more like 1 or 2 breaths depending on the muscle being stretched), and I do about 5 or 6 repeats. The key is to ease yourself into each stretch and try to relax as much as possible as opposed to forcing the stretch--which is never a good thing. I find 2 or 3 stretching sessions a week lasting 1 to 2 hours each to be as much as is really needed.

Anyway, I hope that helps. :D
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:faint: Thanks for that, it should really help! I only hope that I can get stronger and flexible this year! :nod:
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agxposed Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL I have nothing close to "workouts" in my new year's resolutions (no resolutions, in fact), but I'm climbing a lot of stairs voluntarily, which isn't all that bad =p (am able to make it through 6 floors without feeling tired (yay!), but that's doubling up the stairs =p)

I can appreciate the use of light here, lighting from both sides, but enough so that you catch the shadow of one leg and light the other without losing shadows. What I like most about the pose is actually the left leg/torso/arms, they're more evenly-lit without losing detail. The pose isn't a bad one, it might just be how your right leg comes into the picture that is a little awkward, since it's very bright against a dark background (I like the backdrop a lot, btw, it feels a lot like a studio =p) and coupled with the dimensions of your other limbs, there isn't as much depth to your right leg as I'd prefer. =p

Musculature is very very nice on your arms and back especially, the light brings it out well =p Also very intriguing is the different shapes of your butt, there is both tension and relaxation(?) there =p I like the detail of your sole (the line on the floor there might be a little distracting though, you might want to consider cloning it out =p)

I like the colours and tones here (there is a bluish tint to the floor that I especially like too)... okay that is pretty much all I have to say, I think =p Glad to see you're back and posting again!
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Cool, that is a good start--every bit of physical activity counts! :)

I totally agree about the right leg--back when I took this shot, I had the luxury of playing around with the light to get it just the way I wanted (since I wasn't all tied up in rope hehe), but back then I didn't have a full understanding of lighting/composition. If I were to do it again now, I would use the two lights to highlight my body but would feather the light on the right away from my foot so that it recedes more into the background and doesn't draw so much attention. And it's funny that, now that you mention the line in the floor, it jumps right out at me as a distraction, but I somehow just tuned it out before. =P

...And I am glad to be back posting again. I started to miss everyone on here! =P
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agxposed Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, as long as one doesn't stop moving, I guess! =p

Are you still playing around with the light, or will you be focusing more on the ropes? =p (or both, since shoots can all be different anyway =p) Feathering the light away from your foot does sound good to me =p Sometimes I wonder if I ruin the picture for others by pointing out the things that distract me =p

Very awesome, I missed you too! =p
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love the colors in this image. The coolness of the hardwood floor (not to mention how beautifully the wood grain sparkles) really makes the warmth or your skin tone glow. The 'glowing' effect is helped by the lighting.

Overall, this is a very nice photo. Great work!
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contorted4life Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you. The original colors of the floor--as well as wall/door in the background--were kinda fugly when combined with my skin tone, so I ended up doing quite a bit of editing to get a cool, low-key background to contrast with my body. Generally though, I like my photos to be more authentic with only very light Photoshop--plus I am also just too damn lazy to spend tons of time touching up all my shots!
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"too damn lazy to spend tons of time touching up"

Tell me about it. I draw comics and junk entirely in Photoshop, and, while I love the program, I get lazy and post things that I know really could be spectacular had I spent a few more hours.

I see some people who can just work magic with Photoshop. I've tried the popular method of layering colors at low opacity to gain a 'real pain' effect, and while it looks great, I just don't have the patience for it XD
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