Chiaroscuro by nicolecampbell

Chiaroscuro

Okay I am totally outside of my comfort zone.

I decided to take part in the 'Challenge8' and picked (with my eyes closed as we were instructed to do) dark and bright as my challenge. @aspada suggested that this challenge would fit well as Chiaroscuro. After some investigation online I discovered that a lot of these photos were of naked people.

Here lies my comfort zone issue and as you can see I took the step to do a self portrait. This is my first nude self portrait for the 365project. This was a very difficult challenge because I couldn't get the lighting right. On the positive side I did get to use my new tripod and I now know how to use the self timer on my camera, something I haven't had to use previously.

I'm not sure if I am happy with this photo but the whole point of the 365project is to challenge ourselves, learn new techniques and become better photographers. To do this we need to learn from our mistakes and as they say practice makes perfect.
the lighting turned out beautiful! and you look wonderful. congratulations for a bold challenge to yourself. a great result :)
September 3rd, 2011  
oh and you could tag it for the skin challenge too? xx
September 3rd, 2011  
@izzymathie - thank you so much Izzy for your nice comments. You know as you get older you worry more about how you look to others and aren't as confident as you once were. I appreciate your thoughts. And thanks for the tip on the skin challenge, I will have to investigate.
September 3rd, 2011  
well done, it's totally out of my comrort zone too, and you've done a great job on it.

the tag for the skin challenge is monday-sp - the thread is Me Every Week (or Monday) and it's a different subject for a self-portrait every week, this week it's skin
September 3rd, 2011  
@shanne - thanks so much Shanne and thanks for the link as I couldn't find it. :)
September 3rd, 2011  
Very tastefully done. Beautiful shot and I think you're very brave. I still haven't, and not sure if I ever will, pluck up the courage to take a nude shot. I think the lighting is perfect xx
September 3rd, 2011  
Bet you a guy came up with "Challenge8" :-) Nice use of B&W.
September 3rd, 2011  
Beautiful! I know how you feel, I've done 2 nude selfies for the project (both for challenges) and I must say, it get easier (as long as i don't show all the bits and pieces) ;-)
September 3rd, 2011  
this is beautiful, the light turned out perfect, really great shot
September 3rd, 2011  
@psychographer - thanks Lisa, I did a bit feel a bit funny to start with but by the end of it I was getting used to it. Needless to say my husband wasn't allowed to watch!

@mwarren365 - it wasn't a guy but it is a good challenge. I think sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to see what we can achieve.

@elke - thanks for your encouragement Elke. Not showing the bits and pieces is quite hard and also the lumps and bumps :)

@luvthyclassics - thank you so much Jesse, I really appreciate your comments.
September 3rd, 2011  
CK
Wow Nicole! Congrats on this brave step ad what a fab result. I am a long way from contemplating a shot like this so really impressed you pushed yourself to do this! Big congrats!!
September 4th, 2011  
@clarek - thanks Clare. Sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and go for it. My main purpose for doing it was for the lighting but that didn't work too well. Have a good day.
September 4th, 2011  
brilliant Nic. & congratulations for tackling this challenge, well done.
September 4th, 2011  
@ltodd - thanks so much Lyn. I can't tell you how many photos I took but that self timer certainly got a work out! After 90 minutes I gave up. :)
September 4th, 2011  
@nicolecampbell - LOL - great result, of which you should be quite proud!!
September 4th, 2011  
@ltodd - not sure yet, I have mixed feelings about it.
September 4th, 2011  
Gorgeous selfie Nicole! The mood and lighting us brilliant well done
September 4th, 2011  
@naturalp - thanks Sarah, we both know how this feels! Big congrats to both of us I think :)
September 5th, 2011  
CK
Wahoo - top 5 in the tag challenge! Way to go Nicole, well done!!
September 6th, 2011  
@clarek - OMG I didn't know! That is amazing and totally unexpected! Thanks for letting me know.
September 6th, 2011  
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