Self Portrait Challenge #3: MOOD

Self Portrait Challenge #3: MOOD


Today is the Third part of dPS’s Self Portrait Challenge – learn more about what it is, how you can be involved and how you can get a free gift here.

For our last two self-portrait challenges, we asked you to incorporate props, and to experiment with lighting.

Now, it is time to put everything together and go for something a little bit more abstract. This time, we will focus on “Mood” as your challenge, which will be much easier than you might initially think, especially now that you have taken a couple of self-portraits already, and are becoming more comfortable with the idea of being in front of the camera.

The camera seen here was given to me by a good friend, and it belonged to her grandfather. From the moment I held it, it became extremely important to me, so I knew it would work great in a self-portrait to convey a sense of happiness and love.

There are many factors that can affect the mood of a photo, and we have already covered two of those factors with props and lighting. Both of these elements lend themselves greatly to the mood of a photo, but here are some more elements that affect the mood of a photo: focus, posing, location, and post-processing, to name a few.

For this challenge, your possibilities are endless. Whether you want to convey love, loss, happiness, obstacles, inspiration or frustration, the platform is yours! Most self-portrait photographers will tell you, though, that if the emotion is genuine and coming from personal experience, you really can’t go wrong!

First of all, be sure to consider how black and white versus color, as well as the point of view of your camera can affect mood. There are definitely some photos that work better in color than others, but black and white has a tendency to lend itself more to setting a mood because monotone helps narrow down the focus of the photo to guide the viewer into seeing the most crucial elements. By the same token, the position of the camera is also very important. With the camera at eye level, the subject seems equal with the camera, possessing a feeling of strength. Having the camera positioned above you can be very dramatic and visually appealing, and this angle also tends to be very flattering. On the other hand, if the camera is positioned below you (not always the most flattering angle, but it can still work for some shots), you will appear taller, and possibly more imposing within the frame.

There are various ways you can really play up the mood of your self-portraits. We are not all actors and actresses, so it can be tough to just sit in front of the camera and successfully project a certain mood, but we can actually learn a lot from actors when it comes to self-portraiture. A renowned acting teacher by the name of Stanislavski invented a type of acting called “Method” acting which has the actor focus their attention on an object or an event that has occurred in their life, something very personal. After focusing their emotions on this particular event, the actor then performs a scene after they have focused their minds on this event or object. The same can be done with self-portraiture.

Maybe you have an object, or a specific location that strikes a chord with you. Try holding the object, or going to the location, and once your have your shot set up, take as many photos of yourself as you can while you focus the majority of your attention on the object or your surroundings. If your camera can be set to take a certain number of shots in 10 second intervals, try using this feature. The goal for this exercise is to stop thinking about the camera so much, and just concentrate on a certain emotion. Through your experiments with props and lighting, you have begun to develop an idea of what works best for you in taking self-portraits, so now is your chance to work more on an intuitive level. And, while photography is often about the technical, there is also a very large part of photography that is based on intuition.

I love local history, and tend to gravitate towards historic buildings in my area. Historic buildings can make for great locations, especially if they have a lot of character, which will really enhance the mood of your photo.

Another technique that might help you to convey a particular mood is to take inspiration from a song or a specific lyric that really speaks to you. I know a few photographers who have created beautiful projects based on self-portraits inspired by music. We are all inspired by music, and if there is a piece of music you really enjoy, whether it is rock, classical, bluegrass or pop, try creating a self-portrait that somehow ties into the music or lyrics. You could even play the song that has inspired your idea while you take your self-portraits.

With this challenge especially, you now have the chance to show us who you are, which is the heart of self-portraiture. Always keep in mind that, while self-portraiture is great practice in all of the elements that can be applied to your portrait work, it is also a chance to express yourself, and to share that self-expression with others. So, have fun with this challenge, and enjoy the experience, which can be very freeing!

Show us your Mood Self Portrait

Once you’ve taken your ‘Mood’ Self Portrait Photos – choose your best one and upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it in comments below. Alternatively – embed the image in comment below using the our embed tool.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSMOOD to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

NOTE: as we’ve had 3 ‘challenges’ this week – todays will also be our ‘weekly challenge’.

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category

Anna Gay is a portrait photographer based just outside of Atlanta, GA. She is also the author of the dPS ebook The Art Of Self Portraiture

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  • Don June 10, 2011 07:07 am

  • Mithun Kumar June 5, 2011 12:47 pm

    So many repeated posts, but mine is not getting posted at all :(

  • heleen May 25, 2011 01:58 am

    quiet mood
    [eimg link='' title='still Heleen' url='']

  • Raigna93 May 24, 2011 10:19 am

    This is new for me and I hate having my picture taken. I like to be behind the camera, so here is my first self portrait for mood. I hope this works......

  • May 23, 2011 06:45 am

  • Johnny Haik May 22, 2011 09:12 am

    [eimg url='' title='nothingness_by_layingontheclouds-d3g5932.jpg']

  • Johnny Haik May 22, 2011 09:08 am

    [eimg url='' title='ignorance_by_layingontheclouds-d3g50sd.jpg']


  • Vince May 22, 2011 08:47 am

    First time posting. In my spare room with my instruments, before going to uni later in the evening after work. [eimg link='' title='pic01-1' url='']

  • Katie Christian May 22, 2011 04:13 am

    Love this challenge!
    [eimg link='' title='Day One-Hundred-Three' url='']

  • LilaJoy May 22, 2011 02:12 am


  • Les Boucher May 21, 2011 09:13 am


  • Les Boucher May 21, 2011 09:13 am

  • Katie Christian May 21, 2011 08:56 am

    Love this challenge!
    [eimg link='' title='Day One-Hundred-Three' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='Day Ten' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='Day Forty' url='']

  • LilaJoy May 21, 2011 06:51 am

    [eimg url='' title='proud-1.jpg']

  • VWest May 21, 2011 05:00 am

    feeling a bit spunky on this one...
    pic was shot using camera phone, so no EXIF data. Not a great photo by any means, but it classifies as mood and was taken yesterday- figured I'd submit it anyways.
    2nd post:

  • Scott A. McNealy May 21, 2011 04:49 am

    Great submissions here. I have been inspired to create my nocturne self-portraits thanks to this competition. In the mean-time here is a self portrait taken at an interesting and exotic luxury self cattering accomodation called on the River Thames overlooking Windsor Castle.[eimg link='' title='Admiral's Den-lounge area with man reading-92' url='']

  • Karen May 21, 2011 01:18 am

    [eimg link='' title='Precious!' url='']

  • Karen May 21, 2011 01:16 am

    Holding my new granddaughter brings forth the greatest emotions of love & awe.

  • Yogesh May 20, 2011 04:30 pm

    Posted on DPS first time

  • stefanie May 20, 2011 01:51 pm

    This is my first posting and my first edgy self portrait.

  • Iggy HB May 20, 2011 06:49 am

    I call this one "anger."

  • Ashish Rawal May 20, 2011 06:17 am

    I had posted this some time back on DPS. It suits this theme. So here goes.

  • Ashish Rawal May 20, 2011 06:16 am

    I had posted this some time back on DPS. It suits this theme. So here goes.

  • Ashish Rawal May 20, 2011 06:15 am

    I had posted this some time back on DPS. It suits this theme. So here goes.

  • Ashish Rawal May 20, 2011 06:15 am

    I had posted this some time back on DPS. It suits this theme. So here goes.

  • E.J. Hunyadi May 20, 2011 05:48 am

    Just a quick BW picture of myself contemplating work issues.

  • Lindsay May 18, 2011 04:18 am

    [eimg url='' title='tumblr_l088kj3c4i1qa8za1o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1305742694&Signature=46SGkxk6DkrwR%2B%2BIIbOwUNUnTJo%3D']

  • Jack Fisher May 17, 2011 08:32 pm

  • Jack Fisher May 17, 2011 08:31 pm

  • Jo L May 17, 2011 12:52 pm

    To me this photo captures the three challenges for this week.
    The props being my ski gear, the lighting from the glorious sun and underneath that balaclava I was very very happy!!!

  • Cho May 17, 2011 11:29 am

  • alannamolina May 17, 2011 11:29 am

  • Cho May 17, 2011 10:23 am
    Feel so sick from allergy
    [eimg link='' title='Day_133 allergy' url='']

  • Disasterdan May 17, 2011 07:27 am

    Thought I'd try something a little different as this is a combination of moods that describe my internal battles in landscape photography

  • John Parli Photo May 17, 2011 07:03 am

    Some really great shots up here. Keep 'em coming. I end up using my self portraits in my Chicago Wedding Photography website's about page but this image is one of my faves thus far. Sans tripod and spur of the moment I had to improvise and use trash and beer cans with my dslr a top. Lucked out... : )

  • Krasimira Georgieva May 17, 2011 06:48 am

  • griffinn May 17, 2011 01:56 am

  • Sukesh Kumar May 17, 2011 01:38 am

  • chelmck May 16, 2011 12:41 pm

  • Jammie Graves May 16, 2011 11:38 am

    Self portrait #3

    Bad day, frustrated, and exhausted

    [eimg url='' title='i-NxtkNZs-M.jpg']

  • Leah T May 16, 2011 07:45 am

    meh... i did truely over post -_-
    sorry about that (:

    btw... this is a great photo challenge :DD
    ive been wanting to make some self portraits for ages... i just needed an extra little push :P
    im thinking about doing a self portrait 52 week project!
    thanks for all the tips and encouragement.

  • Tanvvi May 16, 2011 05:05 am

    Came back from a long holiday of 5 weeks and it felt so good to be home .

  • ashfaq May 15, 2011 11:40 pm

    [eimg url='' title='216684_202918146395765_202917829729130_639918_5307148_n.jpg']

  • ashfaq May 15, 2011 11:21 pm

  • Kamal Prakash May 15, 2011 09:10 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Myself ' url='']

  • bharatwaj May 15, 2011 08:15 pm

  • Paul Lorger May 15, 2011 07:12 pm

    [url=][eimg link='' title='Self 3' url=''][/url]
    [url=]Self 3[/url] by [url=]paul.lorger[/url], on Flickr

  • bharatwaj May 15, 2011 03:38 pm

    CATCH IT :)

  • Shoot-me1 May 15, 2011 02:41 pm

  • Patricia May 15, 2011 01:51 pm

    [eimg link='' title='May 14, 2011-What If..........' url='']

  • Kyla May 15, 2011 12:06 pm

    I've been dealing with some issues regarding the future and was feeling trapped by the situation.
    [eimg link='' title='mood 1' url='']

    Thank you for this challenge! It's been very educational and I hope you do more.

  • Chel May 15, 2011 11:08 am

    [eimg link='' title='Self 2' url='']

  • Donna Aceves May 15, 2011 10:53 am

  • Sunbobbing May 15, 2011 10:23 am

  • Lance May 15, 2011 09:41 am

    The image did not show up on my previous message. Here is the link to it on my Flickr Photostream:

  • Lance May 15, 2011 09:37 am

    One of my first shots with my (then) new Rolleicord Va, which I still have and use, occasionally.

  • Lance May 15, 2011 09:34 am

    [url=][eimg link='' title='Self Portrait with Rolleicord c.1957' url=''][/url]
    [url=]Self Portrait with Rolleicord c.1957[/url] by [url=]Degilbo on flickr[/url], on Flickr

  • Janine May 15, 2011 08:53 am

  • julia tsola May 15, 2011 08:29 am

    last self-portrait for dps challenge, this time mood. It was a lovely day and the garden gave me great joy[eimg link='' title='DSC_1553sm' url='']

  • Belmer May 15, 2011 07:44 am

    [url=][eimg link='' title='Self Portrait' url=''][/url]
    [url=]Self Portrait[/url] by [url=]B-and-Y[/url], on Flickr

    Self Portrait in front of a computer monitor on a sepia mode.

  • Ericka Bush May 15, 2011 06:50 am

  • Alexi1950 May 15, 2011 06:33 am

    Self Portrait Challenge - Mood


    It's raining again! It has been that kind of spring..[eimg link='' title='Self Portrait - Mood' url='']

  • Lou May 15, 2011 06:21 am

    Here is another one I did. I'm not sure which one I like better.
    [eimg url='' title='_MG_8055-bw.jpg']

  • Oksana May 15, 2011 06:12 am

    My mood - this is my family

    [eimg link='' title='DPSMOOD ' url='']

  • Shady Salem May 15, 2011 05:30 am

    i was even more confused before i set up the camera!!

    EXIF :
    TV: 1/8
    AV: 6.3
    ISO: 200
    flash: OFF

  • Coral J. Fung Shek May 15, 2011 05:28 am

    [eimg url='' title='FlagRedone.jpg']

  • Ronni Moore May 15, 2011 05:24 am

    [eimg url='' title='RonniJumps%2521.jpg']

    Hope it came through this time!

  • Lou May 15, 2011 05:04 am

    This is my mood photo. It is my first entry to a challenge.

  • Bill W (w3inc) May 15, 2011 03:29 am

    [eimg link='' title='anger...' url='']

  • Bill W May 15, 2011 02:58 am

  • Educated Savage May 15, 2011 02:53 am

    Not sure my first one came through -

  • julia tsola May 15, 2011 02:43 am

    last self-portrait for dps challenge: this time emotion. It was a lovely day and the garden gave me great joy[eimg link='' title='DSC_1553sm' url='']

  • Lisa May 15, 2011 02:15 am

    I wish it was not so hard to post here. I have tried this three times since yesterday evening....

    Remembering my dad.
    [eimg link='' title='20110513SM-_MG_4384' url='']

  • Tracy Jones May 15, 2011 01:27 am

  • Tracy Jones May 15, 2011 01:25 am

    [eimg link='' title='Tom Downtown Dallas 2/2010' url='']

  • veggie1215 May 15, 2011 01:18 am

    rainy day

  • veggie1215 May 15, 2011 01:17 am

    [eimg link='' title='Drizzle' url='']

    rainy day

  • veggie1215 May 15, 2011 01:14 am

    rainy day

  • Martyn Holden May 15, 2011 12:36 am

    [eimg link='' title='-1 019-432' url='']

    my golf hat has been wighting all winter. I'm going to first bring my camera.

  • Erik May 15, 2011 12:12 am


  • Lisa May 15, 2011 12:12 am

    Missing my dad
    [eimg link='' title='20110513SM-_MG_4384' url='']

  • Leah May 15, 2011 12:08 am

    [eimg link='' title='131/365 Smile' url='']

  • Craig Bregar May 14, 2011 11:33 pm

  • Hans-Henrik May 14, 2011 11:27 pm

  • Ronni Moore May 14, 2011 11:05 pm

    [eimg link='' title='RonniJumps' url='']

    Ronni Moore
    Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Ronni Moore May 14, 2011 10:49 pm

    [eimg url='' title='RonniJumps%2521.jpg']

  • An May 14, 2011 10:33 pm


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  • An May 14, 2011 10:26 pm

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  • veronica May 14, 2011 10:19 pm

    I am not sure if I did it right so here's the link again.

  • Mari May 14, 2011 10:16 pm

    Battled with this one. Think I didn't nail the emotion properly.
    Sigh... guess I will have to try this one again. Couldn't find a proper way to show "head ache" !!

    Tried the reading cook book, hoped one would see the desire to create something delicious!

  • Alessandra May 14, 2011 10:06 pm

    Changing mood... so often happens to me.

  • Leah T May 14, 2011 09:17 pm

    i realised i was gong over the maximum size...
    so herer goes again...
    sorry if i am acciodentally over posting
    [eimg link='' title='130/365 When I cant see straight' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='131/365 Smile' url='']

  • Leah T May 14, 2011 08:14 pm

    i hope this works this time...

    [eimg link='' title='131-365 Shine' url='']


  • Rob May 14, 2011 07:49 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Me_003' url='']

    Try again, hope it embeds this time

  • Educated Savage May 14, 2011 07:27 pm

    Not sure that worked. Here's the direct link:

  • Educated Savage May 14, 2011 07:26 pm

    An idea popped into my head and I had to try it. Not great, but here it is.

    [eimg link='' title='' url='']

  • I-sha Warsi May 14, 2011 07:07 pm

    another Bridal mood!

  • Tammy Larson May 14, 2011 06:54 pm

  • Vikramaditya Bagri May 14, 2011 06:49 pm

  • Vikramaditya Bagri May 14, 2011 06:47 pm

    In the Mood to save..:)
    [eimg link='' title='Being Vikram' url='']

  • skipping girl May 14, 2011 06:16 pm

    Beautiful Autumn day, 6am bike ride followed by a solar heated spa - happy times[eimg link='' title='self portrait - mood' url='']

  • I-sha Warsi May 14, 2011 06:14 pm

    =))) a moment in which every bride is feeling emotional!!!! with alot of feeling around - An asian Wedding Tradition[eimg url='' title='photo.php?fbid=138264462899421&set=a.138264399566094.25501.138261362899731&type=1&theater']

  • Elisabetta May 14, 2011 06:10 pm

  • Elisabetta May 14, 2011 06:07 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Everybody hurts' url='']

  • AyeKay May 14, 2011 06:05 pm

  • AyeKay May 14, 2011 05:58 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Dark thoughts...' url='']

  • Darren May 14, 2011 05:38 pm

  • Darren May 14, 2011 05:37 pm

  • Leah May 14, 2011 05:09 pm

    meh... this embedding thing isnt working for me =/

  • Cécile May 14, 2011 04:54 pm

    Sorry for the mix up!
    [eimg url='' title='selfwithmood-1-of-1.jpg?w=620&h=413']

  • Cécile May 14, 2011 04:52 pm

    I try to embedd:

  • Cécile May 14, 2011 04:45 pm

    Here is my entry, all is in the title.
    That was a very interesting set of challenges. Thanks very much Ann for all the tips and advice.

  • Brooke Golightly May 14, 2011 03:53 pm

  • Carrie May 14, 2011 02:58 pm

  • Carrie May 14, 2011 02:58 pm

    My posts don't seem to be going through

    [eimg link='' title='DPS Challenge #3 Mood' url='']

  • Tonia May 14, 2011 02:53 pm

    [eimg link='' title='' url='']

  • Carrie May 14, 2011 02:51 pm

    [eimg link='' title='DPS Challenge #3 Mood' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='DPS Challenge #3 Mood' url='']

  • Carrie May 14, 2011 02:48 pm

    [eimg link='' title='DPS Challenge #3 Mood' url=''][/url] [url=]DPS Challenge #3 Mood[/url] by [url=]Carrie's_Photos[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Carrie May 14, 2011 02:46 pm
    [eimg link='' title='DPS Challenge #3 Mood' url='']

  • Mark DeHart May 14, 2011 02:35 pm

    Unknown Brothers.....

  • Leah May 14, 2011 02:23 pm

    [eimg link='' title='130/365 When I cant see straight' url='']
    i dont think it worked the last time i tried embedding it... here goes another shot...

  • Lisa May 14, 2011 02:23 pm

    Time with my family that is no longer here. [eimg link='' title='20110513SM-_MG_4384' url='']

  • Leah May 14, 2011 02:22 pm

    [eimg link='' title='130/365 When I cant see straight' url='']

  • Susan May 14, 2011 01:56 pm!/photo.php?fbid=224985547518074&set=a.189314611085168.54300.100000198924116&type=1&theater[img]

  • Susan May 14, 2011 01:54 pm

    I've been having trouble posting but I'm trying this 3rd one anyway.(I tagged all 3 photos in my 365 album)
    My sister and I are moving my Dad to an Assisted Living Apartment. This means downsizing and it has been a lot of work. Last night he took us to Mr. Burger to treat us to supper and after a stressed-out day, my snapping of the photos for this project gave us pretty much the only laugh of the day!

  • Sheri Roberson May 14, 2011 01:14 pm

    [eimg link='' title='133/365' url='']

  • Carolyn™ May 14, 2011 12:56 pm

    Can we delete our posts??? I was watching the times and obviously some were long after when I posted mine so I reposted. Most forums you can delete if you change your mind or as in my case and a few others double post again thinking the first ones didnt go through.

  • Maria May 14, 2011 12:54 pm

    My first photo is the mood of Joy. This is with my kitten Jack.
    [eimg link='' title='Portrait with Jack' url='']

    My second photo is a mood of self-contemplation.
    [eimg link='' title='Mirror Self Portrait' url='']

  • SarahBob May 14, 2011 12:50 pm

    Contemplative mood in the Village, NYC

  • Bryce Miller May 14, 2011 12:30 pm

    Here's mine:

  • Bryce Miller May 14, 2011 12:30 pm

    Here's mine:

    [eimg url='' title='done-small.jpg']

  • Garry May 14, 2011 12:29 pm

    confidence without seeming smug.

  • Tib Gonzalez May 14, 2011 12:27 pm

    ok, I guess embedding is not working today, as everybody else have said. So here are the links to my contributions:

  • Bethany Barnett May 14, 2011 12:23 pm

    I live in Texas, so i am filled with joy when I get to experience snow. :)

    [eimg url='' title='069.JPG']

  • Matthew May 14, 2011 12:13 pm

    Relaxing at the start of the weekend.[eimg link='' title='Relaxing Read2' url='']

  • Jefrey Solis May 14, 2011 12:10 pm

    Here's my attempt to show you some mood... sad mood this time.

    [eimg link='' title='DPSMOOD' url='']

  • Marc Anthony (manmathison) May 14, 2011 12:07 pm

    The mood self portrait conveys how I feel about taking self portraits.....confused.....I never know where to start. I've had trouble embedding in the past so I'll just past the link to my flickr account.

  • prashant gupta May 14, 2011 12:05 pm

    [eimg link='' title='DSC03555' url='']

  • Leah May 14, 2011 11:47 am
    in case the other link didnt work (:

  • Carolyn™ May 14, 2011 11:44 am

    Always in the mood to cook....but what??????

    [eimg link='' title='memood' url='']

  • Martyn Holden May 14, 2011 11:43 am

    [eimg link='' title='my mood today' url='']

  • Angela Kirker May 14, 2011 11:38 am

    [eimg link='' title='selfportrait' url='']

  • JD May 14, 2011 11:37 am

  • Dave May 14, 2011 11:35 am

    This was an interesting challenge set. Thanks for the push.

  • JD May 14, 2011 11:32 am

    Friday Night. Not winning any contests with previous efforts. Time to relax.
    [eimg link='' title='Mood' url='']

  • Diane May 14, 2011 11:31 am

  • Anna-Elizabeth May 14, 2011 11:20 am

    [eimg link='' title='Self MOOD-1-4' url='']

  • Vanessa May 14, 2011 11:16 am

    [eimg link='' title='Worry' url='']

  • Vanessa May 14, 2011 11:15 am

    [eimg link='' title='Scared' url='']

  • carrie evans May 14, 2011 11:09 am

    here's the link, sorry if this is double posted...

  • Bethany Barnett May 14, 2011 11:03 am

    I live in Texas, so seeing snow makes me very happy!! :)

    [eimg url='' title='069.JPG']

  • Amila C Kumarasinghe May 14, 2011 10:30 am

    Got this one little time ago . . :)

    [eimg url='' title='231187_119050331510957_100002179714897_157697_5269006_n.jpg']

  • Vali Barbulescu May 14, 2011 10:30 am

  • Angel May 14, 2011 10:24 am

    Sometime I don’t show what I feel inside, so you won’t know what I felt. But I’m tough enough to face all the mood that comes to me cause it part of growing process in our life cycle. Happy growing up!

  • Trent Hawkes May 14, 2011 10:18 am

    A moment of contemplation!

  • Erin N. May 14, 2011 09:59 am

    Here is my entry... "Wishers..." :)

  • Davona Douglass May 14, 2011 09:51 am

    [eimg link='' title='My Mood' url='']

  • Terry Lewis May 14, 2011 09:38 am

    I received some very nice comments about my post for the Light Challenge, which made me ecstatic.

  • Kimberly Ledesma May 14, 2011 09:38 am

  • Educated Savage May 14, 2011 09:30 am

    I guess the embedding thingy isn't working. Sorry if this comes through three times.....

  • Billy May 14, 2011 09:24 am

    [eimg link='' title='Mood' url='']

    Mood? you pick- happy, excited, content, anxious.......

  • carrie evans May 14, 2011 09:24 am

    [eimg link='' title='No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight' url=''] inspired by Florence + the machine, Cosmic Love.

  • Ruben May 14, 2011 09:18 am

    [eimg link='' title='The schizophrenia of the broken hearted part 2' url='']

  • Terry Lewis May 14, 2011 09:16 am

    Received some very nice comments on Flickr about my post for DPS Light Challenge post. That made me very happy.
    [eimg link='' title='Happy' url='']

  • Kayla Geane May 14, 2011 08:58 am

  • Kayla Geane May 14, 2011 08:58 am

    [eimg url='' title='FotoFlexer_Photo-3.jpg']

  • Trent Hawkes May 14, 2011 08:49 am

    [eimg link='' title='dragon hat' url='']

    Moments of Contemplation

  • Shoot-me1 May 14, 2011 08:41 am

    Remember Me!...

  • Maureen Spagnolo May 14, 2011 08:40 am


  • Rob L May 14, 2011 08:31 am

    Hope this works.. Bit of comedy.. The act is shock and fear of the big visa bill!

  • Carolyn™ May 14, 2011 08:29 am

    Its cold but the sun is shinning what will I cook today?

    I have enjoyed this but will never feel I am model material, but as I mostly want to take food I dont need to be. I did learn that angles and expressions can totally change how faces photograph including mine. I also learnt not to delete until your really finished, I kept taking photos and deleted what was possibly the best one and couldnt seem to recover them all with the program I have. I am not patient so I made do.

    [eimg link='' title='memood' url='']

  • Steve S May 14, 2011 08:15 am

    Young & full of life.[eimg url='' title='mg_4515.jpg']

  • Yvette May 14, 2011 08:14 am

    Embedding is not working today I guess......
    Well here are my tears!

  • Katie Dean May 14, 2011 08:02 am

    Can't seem to get embed to work either, or posting.

    Last summer I played Aphrodite in "Cupid & Psyche". My line here is "Where is my son?!"

    In February 2000, my 17 month old son was killed in a car crash caused by a red light runner.

    When I look at this picture now, it amazes me that it captured so well that same desperation from 2000

  • Tib Gonzalez May 14, 2011 07:54 am

    Here is my contribution for today, had trouble coming up with an idea, but I like the way it came out. For my level of expertise that is. [eimg link='' title='IMG_7299.jpg' url='']

  • stacy May 14, 2011 07:53 am

    [eimg link='' title='Self Portrait Challenge #3: MOOD' url='']

  • Rohan Malik May 14, 2011 07:41 am

    code not getting embedded
    here's my try

  • Rohan Malik May 14, 2011 07:40 am

    here's my first try[eimg link='' title='Strauss beer.. everybody cheer...' url='']

  • Noel May 14, 2011 07:39 am

    heres my link, problem in embedding code

  • Anastasiya May 14, 2011 07:38 am

    i forget to add that my mood is perplexity.

    and all tree challenge photos you can find here:


  • Noel May 14, 2011 07:37 am

    This is my entry for my MOOD

    [eimg link='' title='SELF PORTRAIT - MOOD' url='']

    in case that the embed code does not work here is the direct link

  • Mary Beth May 14, 2011 07:35 am

    It's Friday, and my mood is nothing but happy!

  • Jamie May 14, 2011 07:32 am

  • SherriS. May 14, 2011 07:30 am

    1st submission for this Amateur. F/20, ISO-1600, natural lighting.

  • SherriS. May 14, 2011 07:28 am

    1st submission for this Amateur. F/20, ISO-1600, natural lighting.[eimg link='' title='Wishful' url='']

  • Kittredge Gagnon May 14, 2011 07:12 am

  • Anastasiya May 14, 2011 07:11 am

    i am not sure if my previous post works, so here is link

    This one was the most hard, but looks cool - used colors in black and white photo!

  • Kristina May 14, 2011 07:07 am

  • Fabian checo May 14, 2011 07:00 am

    My spirit cries ! -fc
    [eimg link='' title='If only the world was half warm' url='']

  • Dragos May 14, 2011 07:00 am

  • Gerard May 14, 2011 07:00 am

  • Kristina May 14, 2011 06:48 am

    [eimg link='' title='self portrait challenge #3: mood' url=''][/url]
    [url=]self portrait challenge #3: mood[/url] by [url=]iluminadora[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Rhonda May 14, 2011 06:46 am

    Mood: focused[eimg link='' title='Mood: focused' url='']

  • Paulina May 14, 2011 06:38 am


  • Paulina May 14, 2011 06:35 am


    [eimg url='' title='moody-self-portrait.jpg']

  • Carmela Zabala May 14, 2011 06:29 am

  • Carmela Zabala May 14, 2011 06:28 am

    [eimg url='' title='IMG__0873edit.jpg']

  • Nersi Toofanian May 14, 2011 06:18 am

  • irfan May 14, 2011 06:13 am

  • :Elizabeth: May 14, 2011 06:13 am

    laugh lines are less noticeable when you laugh:

  • deje May 14, 2011 06:11 am

  • Mark May 14, 2011 06:04 am

    Unknown brothers.....

  • Emily May 14, 2011 05:55 am
    It just now occured to me that you probably can't see my photos...
    Mood: Aloof.

  • Emily May 14, 2011 05:53 am

    I'm said to be aloof alot.

  • Naveen Tirupattur May 14, 2011 05:47 am

  • Kelly Kardos May 14, 2011 05:41 am
    We lost a loving member of our community.

  • Naomi May 14, 2011 05:39 am

    Just sad....

  • Yvette May 14, 2011 05:35 am

    [eimg link='' title='365 - Day 22 - Tears' url='']

  • Monika-C. May 14, 2011 05:35 am

    I really enjoyed the self portrait challenge so far, but today I had to go into hospital for an in and out surgery.
    When I woke up after surgery I checked my mails on the phone
    and discovered the next theme "mood".
    The doctor then told me, that I have to stay over night, which made me feel sad,
    because I couldn't take a proper self portrait.
    Instead of giving up,
    I used Photo booth on my mac (which my husband already delivered into hospital)
    to take a picture of me (and my mood).
    I had some additional lighting from the ipad
    (in mail mode for a bright light),
    finally I took the picture with the iphone off the screen, to increase the resolution.
    And here it is, my "mood" picture under the given circumstances.
    Sorry for the poor quality...
    [eimg url='' title='web.jpg?ver=13053144980001']

  • Naomi May 14, 2011 05:30 am is well with my soul.

  • Anastasiya May 14, 2011 05:27 am

    [eimg url='' title='hichkok-albums-weekly-fun-picture55554-img-7849aaaaa.jpg']

    my mood is PERPLEXITY!
    today is friday - should i study or go out?

    P.S. that's photo gave me work, really hard to work for yourself :)
    First I thought to make it black and white, but choice here is most important, so left my favorite shoes and book in color.

  • Kelly Kardos May 14, 2011 05:11 am

    [eimg link='' title='I cried a tear...' url='']

  • Tina May 14, 2011 05:09 am

    People think that little princesses are are all sugar and spice and everything nice, but hey...they do have their dark moods too!

  • Kelly Kardos May 14, 2011 05:09 am

    We lost a loving member of our community this week.

  • Bmontgomery May 14, 2011 05:01 am

    I don't know how to send you a photo. B/Users/bgummy/Desktop/Gummy-01.jpg

  • Autumn Semper May 14, 2011 04:59 am

    My mood is overwhelmed. The world keeps me spinning. I liked how the point of focus was one of my eyes – as if to say that somehow in all the chaos there is still hope for sanity. Stay focused in this crazy world.

  • LindyLand May 14, 2011 04:58 am

    Sometimes you just have to put them out of their misery...

    [eimg url='' title='6138-mood.jpg']

  • Autumn Semper May 14, 2011 04:39 am

    My mood is overwhelmed. The world keeps me spinning. I liked how the point of focus was one of my eyes - as if to say that somehow in all the chaos there is still hope for sanity. Stay focused in this crazy world.

  • Nikki O'Shea May 14, 2011 04:36 am

    i missed the lighting one, but here's my mood[eimg link='' title='Me and My elephant - Sleepy Partners - Mood Nostalgic' url='']

  • nanette May 14, 2011 04:33 am

    in an abandoned restaurant

  • Rob May 14, 2011 04:30 am

    What the hell just happened!!!

    [eimg link='' title='The Morning After The Night Before!' url='']

  • Sabyasachi Jana May 14, 2011 04:23 am

    [eimg url='' title='210427_10150181912158489_703688488_6732452_6713042_o.jpg']

  • Sabyasachi Jana May 14, 2011 04:22 am

  • Berry Beautiful Photography May 14, 2011 04:22 am

    I hope this looks ok. =? [eimg link='' title='Happy, Fun Life (265/365' url='']

  • Kalila May 14, 2011 04:21 am

  • Martie May 14, 2011 04:18 am

    What's through the door/

  • Maureen Spagnolo May 14, 2011 04:18 am

  • shovona May 14, 2011 04:16 am

    a mistake i did in my life before just continue eating me up all long the way

  • shovona May 14, 2011 04:15 am

    sometimes a mistake done with no notion just continue eating you up all long the life [eimg link='' title='self portrait 31' url='']

  • Maureen Spagnolo May 14, 2011 04:14 am

    I knocked the camera onto my face in setting up this shot. LOL!

  • Katie Dean May 14, 2011 04:05 am

    [eimg link='' title='whereismysona' url='']

    On second thought. I should of just left it alone but went with the B&W

  • Kalila May 14, 2011 04:03 am

    [eimg link='' title='EYES3011' url='']

  • Kalila May 14, 2011 04:00 am

    I was home and had no one to take my photo. So i set my camera up on a tripod and done it myself..
    I know that the lighting is not perfect...

    But please feel free to tell me what you guys think..

    also. visit my page

    Hit the like button if want.

    [eimg link='' title='EYES3011' url='']

  • saraht May 14, 2011 03:59 am

    Full time job/part time graduate school

  • Katie Dean May 14, 2011 03:46 am

    [eimg link='' title='whereismyson' url='']

    Blake Cash, 9/12/98 - 2/18/00 Killed by a red light runner

    I was starring as Aphrodite in "Cupid & Psyche". My line was "Where is my son!" The coincidence of my screaming that line and my personal history are powerful to me.

  • DebbieR May 14, 2011 03:44 am

  • Jean May 14, 2011 03:41 am

    Dreams are my reality

  • Myrna McMillan May 14, 2011 03:28 am

    This was a very hard time for me... I couldn't believe it was happening.

  • Yami May 14, 2011 03:26 am

    I've got lots of self- portraits with props! Hope everyone likes them!

    [eimg link='' title='retro' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='fierce!' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='Waiting...' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='Alone in the dark' url='']

  • Steve Pontbriand May 14, 2011 03:23 am

    [eimg link='' title='EntreLesBranches (1 of 1)' url='']

  • Yami May 14, 2011 03:15 am

  • Katie May 14, 2011 03:12 am

    I primarily like this picture because of the framing, I took our reflection in the skylight at night in our house. I think the ISO is a little high, but the framing is why I like it so much. I hope you like it too.

  • Debbie May 14, 2011 03:09 am

    still content. . . smiling

  • Debbie May 14, 2011 03:07 am

    Content. . .

  • Bill Vriesema May 14, 2011 03:02 am

    Introspective me...
    [eimg link='' title='Bill Vriesema' url='']

  • D. Travis North May 14, 2011 02:45 am

    Can't Bring Myself to Leave: (url: [flickr])

  • Tonia White May 14, 2011 02:40 am

  • Chenthil May 14, 2011 02:40 am

  • Al May 14, 2011 02:36 am

    trying to figure the posting..

    [eimg link='' title='DPSMood' url='']

  • Al May 14, 2011 02:34 am

  • Scrollwork May 14, 2011 02:31 am

    There's something about my face that's really off-putting to me. It's not how I see myself, and I'm always a little shocked to be confronted with how I must appear to the rest of the world.

  • domiriel May 14, 2011 02:30 am

    Another one, from a while ago:

  • domiriel May 14, 2011 02:29 am

    Interestingly, one of my photos from the previous challenge is also a good match for this one :)

    But a new one I want to submit here is this one, which I called "Distrust":

  • deadpoet88 May 14, 2011 02:26 am

    Here's mine on mood:

    [eimg link='' title='Love' url='']

  • Chenthil May 14, 2011 02:22 am

  • Al May 14, 2011 02:22 am[/img]

  • Jean May 14, 2011 02:19 am

  • Jean May 14, 2011 02:17 am

    When I was younger as a kid, I dreamt of all sorts of funny and impossible things. Somedays I could fly as carefree as a bird, other days I could own truckload of candies. It was quite common for my loving family and friends to appear in my own little dream where we will spent quality bonding time together. But dreams never last, and I wake up sulky that everything was part of my imaginative mind. Oh how i wish sometimes, they were my reality.

    Sadly, as i grow older, I really don't dream as much anymore. If I do, 80% of the time its a scary or heartbreaking one. Things like dreaming that my mum passed away or i'm exploring a haunted house. Its really bad ugly stuffs.

    With that said, I'm still attracted to the idea of being in another completely unrealistic world.

    [eimg link='' title='Day 34 - Dreams Are My Reality' url='']

  • circleoftrust May 14, 2011 02:17 am

    [eimg link='' title='Love hurts, but sometimes it's a good hurt.' url='']

  • Annette h May 14, 2011 02:07 am

  • Rhea May 14, 2011 02:07 am

    [eimg link='' title='alone' url='']

    I took this picture when I was not feeling well and I feel like I'm alone that time.
    I use my husband's phone to take this because my Canon's kit lens is not working (only manual and I didn't have it that night).

    I would say I kinda love this picture because it only show half of my face and the reflection on the mirror,
    so dark and look so silent and whatsoever.

    So, I choose this for my MOOD self portrait challenge.
    Hope you like it.
    Thank you

  • Ginger May 14, 2011 01:53 am

    [eimg link='' title='100_4076' url='']

  • Chris H May 14, 2011 01:49 am

    Lets try this again....
    [eimg url='' title='SP.jpg']

  • Sharon May 14, 2011 01:48 am

    Sometimes life just doesn't gives an answer.

  • Toy May 14, 2011 01:46 am

    Life's to short to be serious.

  • Micco Jay Bugtai May 14, 2011 01:44 am

  • Micco Jay Bugtai May 14, 2011 01:43 am

  • Sharon May 14, 2011 01:43 am

    Sometimes life just doesn't gives an answer.

  • Micco Jay Bugtai May 14, 2011 01:43 am

  • Sharon May 14, 2011 01:39 am

    Sometimes life just doesn't gives an answer.

    [eimg link='' title='Mood' url='']

  • Erin May 14, 2011 01:38 am

  • Jean-Francois Nicollet May 14, 2011 01:37 am


  • Toy May 14, 2011 01:36 am

    Life's to short to be serious.
    [eimg link='' title='moods' url='']

  • neeha May 14, 2011 01:31 am

  • neeha May 14, 2011 01:31 am

  • Miguel May 14, 2011 01:30 am

  • neeha May 14, 2011 01:30 am

  • Miguel May 14, 2011 01:26 am

  • Miguel May 14, 2011 01:26 am

  • Neeha May 14, 2011 01:24 am

    I was all stress and to get out of it was playing around with my camera and timer :)

    [eimg url='' title='62801_445263193389_741278389_5048005_1318285_n.jpg']

    This was an accidental pic, I had to be totally in the picture looking outside the door but my cam's zoom was on and just my legs came in the frame but I kind of liked it too :)

    [eimg url='' title='197399_10150125882878390_741278389_6329370_4998290_n.jpg']

    This shot came up as I was thinking the weather out is soo gud and we have the real world out but still I am stuck with this "BOX" in front of me doing things which are totally virtual

  • Sharon May 14, 2011 01:20 am

    Sometimes life just doesn't gives an answer.

  • David Utt May 14, 2011 01:20 am

    Mood or emotion same in my book

    [eimg link='' title='You don't wanna know...' url='']

  • Satheesh May 14, 2011 12:58 am


    [eimg link='' title='85mmshot2' url='']

  • Em May 14, 2011 12:57 am

    [eimg url='' title='DSCF3014%20-%20Copy.JPG']

  • Amila C Kumarasinghe May 14, 2011 12:52 am

    [eimg url='' title='216937_111992562216734_100002179714897_110482_4588919_n.jpg']

  • Bharadwaj May 14, 2011 12:48 am

  • Bharadwaj May 14, 2011 12:47 am

    [eimg link='' title='mE' url='']

  • Lyssa May 14, 2011 12:45 am

    I know I need to go take a new photo for this challenge, but I immediately thought of this photo I took last Saturday to honor my mom. xo

    [eimg link='' title='Mother's Day ~ 156:365' url='']

  • Carolyn Chentnik May 14, 2011 12:41 am

    I love the water. Took this on Tuesday, so I know it won't work for this week. But it takes me back to the water, which I love.

    [eimg link='' title='Day 154' url='']
    [url=]My Page[/url]

    Rebel XTI
    ISO 100
    50 MM

  • DebbieR May 14, 2011 12:37 am

    [eimg link='' title='just to reach you' url='']