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January Self Portrait Challenge: Duality

This month we'd like you to experiment with representing the dual nature of your personality visually by "cloning" yourself in an image in a style similar to that in this article: https://goo.gl/l79ps0 . The style doesn't have to be exactly the same (you don't have to sit next to yourself at a table) but stick with just two parts of your personality being put at odds somehow, and try to keep it simple. You can represent any two differing parts of your personality - juxtapose public/private, inside/outside, at your best/worst, etc... interpret as works best for you.
Extended rules below.

Just post your entry to the “Challenge Submissions” Category in the Art of Self Portraiture Community (can be found here: http://goo.gl/VbVTm4). If you’re not a member, you just have to join the Community to post, which is easy and we are happy to have you!
Art of Self Portraiture Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ

At least 10 submissions from eligible participants must be received in order for judging to commence and prizes to be awarded.

If you’d rather/additionally like to enter on Facebook, you can find the event posted on our page here: https://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture/
January FB Event: https://goo.gl/VsIolz


Tips & Inspiration

Make sure to view the article that prompted this challenge theme: https://goo.gl/l79ps0
Check out this flickr gallery of duality self portraits: https://goo.gl/H8wyB8

Help with "how to" create this kind of image:
https://feltmagnet.com/photography/how-to-make-a-multiple-self-portrait
http://photographytricks.com/step-by-step-multiplicity-photography-tutorial
http://software-tips.wonderhowto.com/how-to/clone-yourself-gimp-291008

Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired.

If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything. 

Thanks to moderator +Joanna Koziara for letting us use her fantastic image!

Prizes

~1 Year +SmugMug Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features
(or comped value on current account)
~$150 Gift Certificate (restrictions apply*) for +BorrowLenses http://www.borrowlenses.com 
~+Think Tank Photo A Suburban Disguise 10 https://goo.gl/o5yvpu
~+Capturing Couture Gift Code in the amount of $42.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com

Please follow these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :)

There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen.

At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :)

Please Remember These Rules:

~Enter Only Your Own Work
~Enter Only ONE Photo
~Only SELF PORTRAITS
~Must adhere to this month's theme.
~Photo Must Be Tasteful/Artistic
~No Graphic Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes or Otherwise Offensive Content
~Photo Must Be Taken in January 2017 (composite elements can be taken at other times, but self portrait element must be current)
~Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months
~No More Than 3 Wins Total
~Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact
~Follow Our Prize Sponsors
~No Trickery or Spamming
~We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants
~Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A Participant

*Borrow Lenses Gift certificate codes applicable only to orders placed before their expiration dates. Gift certificate codes are for rentals only, are not transferable, are not valid on “for sale” items. Gift certificate codes are not stackable with any other coupon unless you are a BL member. http://BorrowLenses.com rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card.

#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge #duality #personality

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An interesting chance to run with the Orphan Black concept (oh this isn't gonna be dull with you lot get started).

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coffee: it makes you
a different person, but
which one’s more human?

I had fun making this one today, for the theme, "Duality" (find out more about the challenge and enter here: G+: https://goo.gl/nWCzie) I can't win because I host, but I love making time to do some creative work with these monthly challenges. Give it a try! You still have about 2 weeks to figure something out and submit. :)

#selfportrait #duality #coffee
#haiku #poem #poemaday2017
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The one on the left seems to have that "Why yes I'm still drunk from last night" smile .And the one on the right is channeling Garfield the cat. 

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#SelfPortraitSunday This Weekend - January 8th!

Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: Not So Serious
If you would like to share an image that doesn't match the theme, that is fine, too. As long as it was captured within the qualifying timeframe.

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF (For “old school” participants, please note that this has been recently revised!)

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)
You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (January 7th, 2017).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, January 2nd up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social #notsoserious #SPS
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Missed , your pictures 👍

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Paper or Plastic?

The deadline for this challenge has been extended to January 7th, so there is still time to submit. Happy New Year! :)

December Self Portrait Challenge: Paper or Plastic?
G+: https://goo.gl/Idf0BE
FB: https://goo.gl/0G4Cx9

#selfportrait #conceptual #paperorplastic
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Reminds of those Nu-wave pop bands from the 80's I had listen to because my girlfriends liked them. 

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Don't forget to submit your image for the December Challenge: Paper or Plastic?
Details:
G+: https://goo.gl/Idf0BE
FB: https://goo.gl/0G4Cx9

#photography #selfportrait #challenge
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You may think it's funny but I've woken up like this once or twice (drinking and wrapping is a bad combination). 

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#SelfPortraitSunday This Weekend - December 25th!

Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: No theme this week! Do whatever you like. :)

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/bxIHd4 (For “old school” participants, please note that this has been recently revised!)

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)
You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (December 25th, 2016).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, December 18th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to +Mark Rodriguez for letting us use his image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social
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+Lotus Carroll - I have an account but do not use it at all

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December "Paper or Plastic?" Self Portrait Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the winners of last month's Self Portrait Challenge!

First Place: +Lou McCorkle
Second Place: +Chris Graham
Third Place: +Ina Gat
Fourth Place: +Louisa Catharine Forsyth

You can see their photos below - 3 plastics and one paper. ;-)
photos are cropped for the purpose of the mosaic - you can view the originals in the event linked below

The winners got prizes from our sponsors, and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Lou's first place image will become the avatar for the Community until next month!

Big thanks to all of our fantastic December sponsors, +SmugMug, +Think Tank Photo, +Capturing Couture, & +BorrowLenses - our winners will be enjoying great prizes from them. Make sure you follow them for great photography products and services.

Great job to everyone who submitted an image and thanks for participating!
All Submissions:
G+: https://goo.gl/Idf0BE
FB: https://goo.gl/0G4Cx9

Are you ready for the next Challenge? It's already up - view it here:
January Self Portrait Challenge: Duality
G+: https://goo.gl/nWCzie
FB: https://goo.gl/VsIolz

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Viewing this post but not a member of The Art of Self Portraiture? If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB
Membership requests must be approved. No "snapshot style" photography allowed.

You can also find us here:
Website: http://artofselfportraiture.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artofselfportraiture
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture
Ello: https://ello.co/selfportraiture
Twitter: http://twitter.com/selfportraiture
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/artofselfportraiture
Tumblr: https://artofselfportraiture.tumblr.com


#selfportrait   #selfportraiture   #challenge   #photography   #creative #paperorplastic #winners

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+Paul Bagley​ honestly I'd be afraid even your comment was overselling +Lotus Carroll​ just saying you work hard lady

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Haha! I love +Annie Weibull's #lifewithspidey series. <3
Today is #selfportraitsunday with the theme "not so serious" - join us in creating and sharing a current self portrait! :P

Details:
G+ Post: https://goo.gl/6PgBdl
FB Event: https://goo.gl/z2EoGR
 
Yes that's right, green goes with other colors but white you wash separately!

#spidey #spiderwoman #lifewithspidey
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Thank you so much +Lotus Carroll <3 and I am delighted that you are resharing this image, I hope we will have a great Self Portrait Sunday crowd! :)

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as winter rages all round,
draws near, and tries to twist
its cruel arrows of frost
and death into my heart
i laugh, because i know
summer waits there,
and she will never back down.

#ibelieveinwords #poemaday2017
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Beautiful!

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freedom to process grief

I used to complain about things that other people did quite a lot, and I'd feel annoyed that they thought or felt or acted differently than I would. I still do it, but much less often. I challenge myself more often now to sit with why something that someone else doe that doesn't affect me should possibly annoy me. It's an often difficult introspection. It's a moment to realize and admit that I'm being kind of an asshole. Why do I feel the need to correct the thinking and feeling and expression of another human so that it falls in line with my own? I hope I am becoming a better person the more I do this.

I say go ahead and mourn whomever or whatever your heart mourns without shame, do it privately or publicly, and process your grief in whatever way works best for you. Blame the year, the world, the color of the sky... cry out in whatever way helps you walk through your pain. When we deny our hurts and hold them inside because we're afraid of what others expect of us, we're only doing ourselves (and them) harm in the long run.

It's okay to cry out.
I love you.
<3

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beautiful words and sentiment, captures my own, pained, thoughts at this time

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Eight years ago, in April 2008, I lost a baby who was due on Christmas Eve... and then lost another later that year, who died inside me at 3 months gestation and had to be removed from my body in mid-December. I think of them at this time of year. I think of them while I trim the tree, while I make cookies, while I listen to holiday music. I still have this: lotuscarroll.com/pain-and-joy-mingle I open it and smell it every year.

It still hurts. In quiet moments, at this time of year, I hear echoes of Christmas laughter that never actually existed and never will be. I still cry for them. For sure, there is sweetness in what I have, which is very much, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't any bitter with that sweet.

I do not share this to evoke sympathy for myself or to bring anyone down. It is merely a gentle reminder: This time of year is difficult for so many who would do almost anything to feel more joy, and it is difficult for a great variety of often unknowable reasons. As always, remember that everyone is dealing with something, fighting something, and needing something. Without needing to know exactly what aches in our sisters and brothers, we can still offer kindness, patience, and love during times of heightened stress and pain.

Don't worry about me, please, but send some extra love and peace to other people during this time. Look for those opportunities; make those moments possible. Give a smile to a stranger, hug a friend a little longer, hold a door, pay a tab, let someone ahead of you in traffic, say a kind word.

Kindness, above all, heals and strengthens.

Sending so much love to you all. ❤️✨
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+Lotus Carroll on a second thought, I agree with you.... 😊 🌸 ❤ 🌸 thank you honey 

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Each year we choose a “family” christmas tree ornament to add to our collection. This is our family ornament this year - celebrating Juno, the weimaraner we added to our “pack” a month ago.

What are some holiday traditions your family maintains?

#family #holiday #christmas
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Photographer. Poet. Dreamer.
Introduction

I am many things.

Photographer. Mother. Poet. Runner. Lover. Dreamer. Explorer. Imp. Survivor.

I love many things.

Art. Poetry. Nature. Food. Wine. Music. Humor. Laughter. Tears. Life.

While I feel it sometimes, as any empathic human, I fight the leanings of hate. Hate, while valid, is a destructive force.

I cherish being alive and am unapologetic about who I am. I create to express; I live to create.

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I teach photography classes!

Fundamentals of Lightroom: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow

Fundamentals of Lightroom: Editing and Post Processing Your Images

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Images posted to this profile are my original content and are All Rights Reserved. No free commercial use is allowable; no use without a license or explicit persmission from me is allowable. Please contact me if you are interested in licensing an image for use. thelotuscarroll@gmail.com

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My Website: lotuscarroll.com

My Flickr Portfolio

My photos available for licensing:

Anything not available at the above sites can be licensed directly through me. Email please.


I sell prints and other merchandise with original photography in these places:

If there’s a photo of mine you’d like to purchase that you don’t see in any of these places, please let me know. I also welcome private licensing inquiries. Email me: thelotuscarroll@gmail.com

My main skill sets are Photography & Writing. I’m a flexible, think-outside-the-box social media power user. I’m available for hire to shoot, write, speak, and lead photowalks. I am based in Austin, TX, but greatly enjoy traveling.

Above all I am an artist, a creative soul. I won't accept jobs that I feel are not a fit to my energy and center. It's best for both of us that way. :-)

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Past Work:

Co-marketing & Show Coordinator for Drink and Click™ and the co-leader, along with the Founder – Juan Gonzalez, of the Austin Drink and Click™ Chapter Photowalks. 

Co-host a weekly photography show with Thomas Hawk called Photo Talk Plus

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If you'd like to learn more about me and my art:

Cameras

  • Canon 5D MkIII
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon Powershot G9
  • Nikon Coolpix P90
  • Kodak Easyshare DX7630
  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Fuji Instax Mini70
  • Minolta Maxxum HTsi (Film SLR)

Lenses

  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

The Other Stuff

  • 15" Macbook  Pro
  • Apple 27" Cinema Display
  • Drobo
  • Adobe Lightroom 5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • FX Photo Studio Pro
  • iPhoto
  • Capturing Couture Camera Strap
  • ThinkTank Bags
  • Wide Eyed Wonderment
  • Sense of Humor
My husband is an amazing stage and session musician. He has worked with many artists over the course of his career, including Cory Morrow, Joe Nichols, and Chris Cagle. John's skillful guitar work and vocal harmonies can be heard on countless pieces. Support his current, primary gig by checking out singer and songwriter Cory Morrow.

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Visited for the first time this past week - I've never been to a Menchies before, so it was totally new to me. This location is very clean and the young lady behind the counter was super helpful and polite. My husband, son and I loved being able to try different flavors and then put the yogurt in our cups and choose toppings. Totally fun, easy, and best of all - delicious! Satisfied my sweet tooth's craving perfectly. :)
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What a GREAT experience! Yesterday we took our 7 year old son, Braden, here for a flight (it was a birthday gift). Everyone we encountered on the staff was friendly, helpful, and exceptionally good natured. We had our minds blown watching other classes in the wind tunnel and seeing the "stunts" performed by the trainers/instructors. That was a treat in and of itself! Our son's instructor, Josh, was great. Braden had a *wonderful* time. We will definitely be coming back again to let Braden do this again, and we are going to fly, too! I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to do something fun and exciting.
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reviewed 3 years ago
Love this place - nice atmosphere. The patio is great! I've enjoyed the sausage in pretzel bun, various beers, jerky, and more!
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 3 years ago
Date night here with my husband was so fabulous. The atmosphere is really hip and cozy and the sushi is truly killer! They have really great and interesting cocktails, too.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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This is pretty much all about atmosphere - you get to sit on the side of the cliffs and overlook beautiful Lake Travis while you eat and have drinks. If you're smart, you do it around sunset, so you can watch the beauty of that unfold over the water. When the sun dips below the horizon, they ring a bell and everyone claps. It's fun. :) The food is not bad, but it's not mind blowing - it's fairly good. I'm a big fan of the nachos on the appetizer menu and the pork enchiladas are good. The margaritas are pretty good, but most drinks are fairly expensive. The live music is fun! I enjoy visiting and always want to come back soon.
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reviewed 3 years ago
I went last night for the first time (for a Drink and Click™ Event) and I was in heaven. The food was fabulous - my favorite thing I had was a buffalo chicken taco - and the frozen margaritas I drank were really great, too. The atmosphere is amazing - great art on the walls and comfortable, cool seating. Nice that there's a patio area, too, so you can go eat outside. I will definitely be returning!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Always busy and very good. The brunch on Sunday is nice, too! I like sitting on the roof. :)
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 4 years ago