What's in an Avatar?

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I did a quick search and couldn't find a thread on this.

There are a lot of avatars here that aren't self-explanatory (at least to me). So, if you don't mind, could you describe what your avatar is and more importantly, why it represents you?

For those with self-portraits, why did you choose that particular image of yourself as your avatar?

I'll start: mine is a heavily-cropped image taken by a friend while we were shooting our daughters' gymnastics competition. He sent it to me around the time I was looking for an avatar for this forum and that was that. Pretty simple (and boring) story for me. But I'm sure there are some interesting stories behind a lot of avatars here so let's hear 'em!

Cheers!
 
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My avatar was taken by a professional photographer while I was working at a large structure fire. I was the pump operator for this fire and the photographer was standing on the hose bed of our engine for a higher vantage point. I happened to look up and found him focusing on my face. Coincidently, I'll be changing my avatar in the near future.
 
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Mine is pretty simple too.
Just me on top of Vail mountain with my Nikon Café cap on.
Vail's one of my favorite places so that's why I did the shot there.

The little bump between StL and Don in the avatar is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Don
 
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Mine is a picture of my cat Mewww. I've had his face as my avatar on several forums for several years. Why? Cos he's got a cute face!

Alas he was killed by a car a few weeks ago and, as such, I think he'll be my avatar forever now.

He lives on in my heart and cyberspace!
 
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Mine is a self-portrait. No, really. :smile:

I guess I could change to an image of me, but so many say I'm an old dinosaur that this seems to fit lol.
 
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My husband and I shoot a lot of birds. And since we are from Arkansas where
the previously declared extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker was "found", I use the Ivory-billed as my avatar...
 
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mine is from a 2007 Ducati 1098
i love motorcycles
i do not have a ducati at THIS time, by the way

i ride a BMW K1200GT

here is a picture of the WHOLE bike from where my avatar picture arose

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
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Mine is a picture of my horse "Dobro", a Hungarian Halfblood [R.I.P. 1965] , I owned in the sixties. Equis25, because that was available when I wanted to vent my displeasure in a financial forum @ Yahoo about the inhumane way Premarin is produced. [The general public does not know it, but it involves urine of mares kept pregnant constantly and foals leading a very short life as they find their way to the dinner table...]
 
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Hmm - well mine happens to be the only 'self-portrait in a mirror shot' that I've ever done - and it's got my deviant smile peeking around the camera (if you notice - I'm not even lined up to look through the viewfinder hehe)
 
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Mine is of my son last year intercepting the ball against our biggest rival. This was a big play for him and I was so excited I was at the right place at the right time. My son is everything to me and I love shooting his sports, ufortunately he will be a senior this year so...:frown:
 
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I did not want a pic of my aged old self for an avatar, so after going to a craft festival and getting this caricature done, and the artist capturing my hobby so well, it was just a no-brainer.
 
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Someone took a pic of me while taking a shot, so I figured I'd throw an "action shot" up here as my avatar haha
 
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Mine is Dr. Strangelove from the movie of the same name.

I chose it because it is one of my favorite movies.
 
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Mine is a parrot I took a shot of in Key West, I thought it was pretty and since it-was in focus i used it as my avatar. :smile:
 
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My avatar was taken by Kurt (Kemnik), who was my backup at a recent wedding. It shows the connection I had with the bride and groom, and that I had fun doing my job. I use the same picture on my business cards.
 
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