Ditto on all counts including the first selection. Was there a stipulation that you had to be identifiable or is there an open definition of selfie? Good work.
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The bottom choice - - the portrait color stands out too much. It doesn’t blend. I’d like to see it changed to sepia
The top choice - - using a copy of photo as framing often works, but in this case, having that piece of head in the frame really bothers me, but to be honest, I don’t like the effect at all because there is also a piece of leg…
I think the top and bottom are more descriptive of your character, but I agree with Cats4jan that the portrait needs to blend into the bottom image, and the frame needs to be eliminated or solidified in the first image.
Pete, I like the toning of the first photo, but I have problems with it for the reasons cats4jan has mentioned. I really like the 2nd image as a portrait shot but, in my mind, feel that if you toned it it like the first one that it might add a bit of a nice artistic touch to it. Just my 2 cents worth.