Self Pics

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    Mar 13, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Maybe I am not the norm, but I hate taking self pics of myself. I feel like everyone has that camera phone or digital picture of themselves standing at the mirror. I can never take a good picture that way.

    How do you guys feel about the cliche self pic in the mirror?
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    I'm more at ease with taking photos of myself, because I am in control of things such as angle, depth, etc.
    In almost all social photos of myself, I'm beat red from blushing of embarrassment or from laughter.
    By taking photos of myself, I'm at calm, therefore more 'camera-worthy'. *laughs

    HOWEVER, I do see the vanity involved in taking photos of one's self. But just look around. Isn't that part of the reason we're exercising the way we are? *smirks
    (I said PART OF, btw, not SOLELY! I KNOW there are other reasons to exercise. I do them as well.)
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    I just see it as a necessity for online social networking. Participation is almost pointless with photos taken and posted or at least taken and available to share.
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    Mar 13, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    don't love it, don't hate it... sorta like broccoli - gotta do it because it's the most convenient option available usually... i mean c'mon, how else am i gonna get sordid pictures of my testicles and anus on manhunt? well, they're not THAT sordid...
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    Mar 13, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    I wouldn't take another one... but there okay, as long as the flash doesn't hide the face or obstruct the body. But if I had a digital camera and a tripod of my own, I'd take some pretty cool pictures. I'm no photographer, but with a little trial and error, I'd be set with lighting, background and poses - LOL!
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    Mar 13, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    danielryan saidMaybe I am not the norm, but I hate taking self pics of myself.


    MmmK, DR, I'll take your photos for you. I'll bring the lighting, camera, bearskin rug, runway shoes and a tripod. You bring the you, oh cute one.
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    I have been thinking a lot about this-

    I cannot stand the self shot. And its sad because it gets way more love on these sites and the pictures tend to "bend" the way one may look. I cannot count how many times ive met guys off of the internet and they look nothing like their profile pictures because of the angle at which the picture was taken, or the lighting, or the whatever.

    Last time i was on this site (as claybud, if anyone remembers)all of my pics were smutty mirror pics of me in jocks and briefs with just the right lighting to show my shade of a six pack, or my ass dimples or whatever i thought would get me more attention, and of course I got oodles of emails from plenty of people, and i felt wonderful. However, later reflection helped me to understand that those pictures werent me being natural, they kept the profile from being a reflection of me. Feeling dirty about my last internet trysts, i decided to keep my new profile updated with only random shots of me, caught off guard or at least while the camera is being held by someone else.

    then again, it is damn near impossible in the picture plane of the internet to avoid being smutty.

    Anyhow, without my pubes and my six pack glaring from my tiny box, my profile doesnt get much hits.

    Course there is a whole other side to the mirror pic thing. What are we saying when we are taking pictures like that? What do we want others to see? Its basically a picture of a reflection of a pose that pleases the photographer who also happens to be the subject. Damn, i could write an essay on this.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 13, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    It probably isn't the best way to take a picture, but at least those that have them have really made the effort. Some just don't (make the effort to get a pic on here). Of course there are also those that are not comfortable with pictures on a site like this (which should be respected).

    My view is do what you can....
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    it's kind of a hit or miss for me, self taken or otherwise, LOL. so, i just play it by ear and hope for the best pic :-)
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    I'm camera-shy in general, so there aren't a ton of casual pictures of me floating out there for me to use here. When I come across a new one, I post it.

    As for using half-naked self-pics that promise muscle tone and at least a semblance of abs for my main profile pics, that's my way of keeping myself honest and in shape. If that's what you see, that's what I feel obliged to keep. There's therefore pressure not to turn into a toneless jelly doughnut overnight, if that makes any sense.
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    although I have a few mirror self-pics, I really don't like them, I think they turn out poorly, and would much rather put up good pictures that look natural and not contrived. BUT, since I don't really have any pictures like that I'm settling for using self-pics to give people an idea of what I look like. I'm told I look different in person though icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    Most cameras have a timer on them. Put your camera on a piece of furniture or a stack of books, focus it on an object where you want to pose, set the timer, and give us your best cheesecake pose.

    Pictures taken in a mirror have a special bit of kitsch about them. But, in the name of the empty heavens, don't use a flash.
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    I hate the self mirror pic. Set up your damn camera on a tripod of a shelf and use the time. Most digital camera have timers, use them the work.
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    I don't like those self-pic mirror shots! Sure, some guys look great, but deserve better photographic treatment of themselves. Still, those mirror shots do serve their purpose. As for me, I prefer to have a fellow photographer photograph me instead, so I don't have to rely on the mirrors in my home.

    Not to mention, I loathe being photographed! :-)
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    i like it when photos show the range of your life. pictures with friends, travel etc...
    when a guy only has like 10 shirtless self pics up, shows me he's here for only one reason, or that he never sees the outdoors and is constantly taking pictures of himself and posting online.... when this probably isn't the case. it comes down to what a guy wants out of the site.
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    It's a little overexposed, but I just took this self pic. I'm waiting for RJ to approve it so I can proudly display it in my profile.
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    McGay saidIt's a little overexposed, but I just took this self pic. I'm waiting for RJ to approve it so I can proudly display it in my profile.

    oh c'mon McGay, you don't look that bad! you have more than 5 hairs!
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but personally I think we have enough to worry about without being picked apart for our photos too.

    Yes, I could have had someone else take the photos, or used a tripod. But I didn't, for various reasons...so what? I thought this was a fitness site. I don't have any pictures showing off my body (which I'm rather proud of) in public, so I took some bathroom shots. Is that really so bad?

    People have been criticized for not having any photos in their profile, now we're talking about self pics. What's next, the fashion police? Let's please not create more hangups.

    Sorry for the rant.
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    A&F, please! I'm quite proud of that pic, despite the poor lighting.
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    Eh, I have a lot of pics up taken by my Mac because I never have candid photos of me out in the world taken on my regular camera. If I'm at a social event, I don't really want to bother with asking people to take pictures of me. Even when I travel, I never ask people to take pics of me - I'll have literally hundreds pictures of Paris and, like, three of me in them. I like posting sexier shots because it's fun and it makes me feel attractive. But it is by no means an indication that I am only here to hook up. In fact, I'm pretty conservative when it comes to that kind of thing. I would love to meet more Los Angeles-based athletic gay guys but am pretty timid about reaching out because people always seem to take it as an overture to sex.
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidEh, I have a lot of pics up taken by my Mac because I never have candid photos of me out in the world taken on my regular camera. If I'm at a social event, I don't really want to bother with asking people to take pictures of me. Even when I travel, I never ask people to take pics of me - I'll have literally hundreds pictures of Paris and, like, three of me in them. I like posting sexier shots because it's fun and it makes me feel attractive. But it is by no means an indication that I am only here to hook up. In fact, I'm pretty conservative when it comes to that kind of thing. I would love to meet more LA-based athletic-oriented gay guys but am pretty timid about reaching out because people always seem to take it as an overture to sex.

    Well said, I'm the same way. I hated having my photo taken as a kid, and I guess that has stayed with me into adulthood. Also, I am too shy to take off my shirt in public, and most of my clothes are too loose for me anyway (but that's another story) so no one can't tell that I work out when I'm clothed. Where are the Fab 5 when I need them? icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    McGay saidA&F, please! I'm quite proud of that pic, despite the poor lighting.
    Well bless your heart, maybe you should try a few flashlights next time ..
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  • art_smass

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    Mar 13, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    Munching ZombiePut your camera on a piece of furniture or a stack of books, focus it on an object where you want to pose, set the timer, and give us your best cheesecake pose.

    But how are you able to get the rainbow in the background without going outside?
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    Mar 13, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    art_smass said[quote]
    But how are you able to get the rainbow in the background without going outside?




    I love you more and more each day.
  • justjk

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    Mar 13, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    I really don't care for them, but since i don't have people waiting around to take pics of me after my shower, i have to do it