Frivolous vanity the second

Okay, I listened to y’all who said “too grainy, take more pix” and I made Matthew get out the digicam.

This is the picture I think I like the best from the shoot, but there are others I ended up liking too.

And these ones were with a different background:

They’re obviously not of the quality and clarity one would get from a 35mm camera, but the pic is to be posted to a web site, and not on a print format, so non-crystal crispness is acceptable.

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33 Responses to Frivolous vanity the second

  1. They look great – I think that I like the top one, too.

  2. I like photo #3. You look elegant yet sophisticated.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I like #3 a lot too, but we had some issues with the lighting and had a lot of glare off my face. My skills at PhotoShop aren’t anywhere near what yours are. (By the way, I love what you did with the previous picture. It’s amazing what you made that into!) So I dunno.

      • Yes, I see what you’re saying. The flash on your face lost the resolution. Photo #4 and #5 are nice also, but then again we’re dealing on the dark against dark background. Also, the RGB is way off, the photo gives that bluish, muddy color. Not sure if that’s the scanner or the 35mm print itself. Anyway, you look beautiful as always. Photo #1 is nice too, but I’m not too crazy about the background. SOLID background either white or light color of some sort will bring the contrast/brightness on your face. You have a beautiful face so it should bring out more by using light solid background wearing a sharp color like maroon red, navy blue, or something. Notice the people on the news, women always wear something like bright like red or dark blue against light background? That’s the kinda effect you want on your photo.

        Oh well, I talk too much already. I hope THIS helps.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Goodness, this photography thing is complicated. I remember once upon a time it was just about standing still and blinking away the flashbulb afterimages . . .

          Yes, it does help, a lot. Definitely food for thought for the next time I want to do something like this. I greatly appreciate all the insight and advice you’ve give me!

      • on another hand…

        I’m just thinking, if this is something GOTHIC, the photo #4 or #5 are great, even #1.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Re: on another hand…

          Heh. This time I’m not going for Goth. Phobos is a new SF publishing house/production company. They do everything in the mass media spectrum from books to movies to video games. While Goth is a sub-genre, it’s not their main orientation. But the publicity shots of the authors aren’t that formal either. One of the winners from last year used a picture of him fishing off a bridge, another’s is B/W, so I feel comfortable deviating a bit from the usual.

  3. kittymel says:

    The picture you chose is great and so is #4!

    Congrats on your latest writing accomplishments!

  4. chandra says:

    headshot7 is my favorite. Great pics!

  5. amokk says:

    i think, yah, the, ah… hrm… bust shot is best.


  6. yakdog says:

    Top shot

    Yes, the top shot is best. Kudos to the photographer and the model!

  7. farshad says:

    Agreed, the top is the best. The others, while beautiful, don’t show how stunning you really are.

  8. dwivian says:


    Top pic, by far. Best lighting, best angle, and give the impression that it isn’t posed, but poised. 🙂

    Oh, and the bust thing, but don’t tell my wife. *HAR!*

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thank you! Hmm, you’re the second person to comment on my, err, chest in that shot. Maybe I’ll crop it a bit before sending it to Phobos. Then again, maybe I won’t . . .

  9. silicates says:

    I like #1 and #4…#1 is well-defined, and in #4, you’re looking at the camera…I just like that pose, I guess.


  10. m0nkeygrl says:

    They’re all good, but my favorite is number 4.

    However, number one IS something you’d expect to see on the inside flap of a book jacket. 🙂 It would probably be best for the purpose you need it for.

  11. soyfaerie says:

    I like them all! You’re very pretty!

    What brand and model is your camera?

  12. dude_the says:

    Nod of Approval and a Hearty Thumbs Up

    Yup, the top one of the group is, I think, overall the best. If you pass me the original file from #3, I can see if I can correct the over-exposure. #2 and #4 look like they might be under-exposed too. I like the blind background better than the door. Maybe want to edit out the outside scene that is peeking through the blinds in #1 (Photoshop is a wonderful thing)?

    BTW: heya all. 🙂 First time posting. I’m just some random guy that Eugie knows from back in Central Illinois, and who’s lookin’ to find a job down in the Atlanta area because, well, winter is just an all around bad idea and should not have to be suffered by any reasonable person. Hm, getting off topic here…. Anyway, heya!


    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Nod of Approval and a Hearty Thumbs Up

      Hey, dude!

      Yay! I’ve sucked you into the spirling vortex that is LiveJournal. Mwahahahaaa.

      • dude_the says:

        Re: Nod of Approval and a Hearty Thumbs Up

        Ah… I may have been “sucked in” as it were, but the question is whether it is I who should be worried, or if it is this vortex you call LiveJournal… that should… worry…about me…The Dude. Yeah….

        Hm. It’s the dismount that gets me everytime. 😉


    • agent13 says:

      Re: Nod of Approval and a Hearty Thumbs Up

      Bah. Nothing like a winter spent in Lincoln to put hair on your chest…

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