It's only DAY 6 and everything I do is crap.
I feel like I've already run out of creativity. Everything I do is stupid and totally UNperfect.
Why do I even try?!
In each image I try for a specific technique or idea. In this one, it was raining and I totally wanted to look sopping wet and give the image a romantic, wet look. Well, I even carried a water bottle and poured it over my hair, but still, everything here looks pretty dry. I don't smoke, in general, but I think I may start.
CREATIVITY DOESNT JUST FLY OUT OF MY BUTT! (I wish.)
I turned this image black and white because I felt it was flat and I have heard it said - that if you don't like one of your photos, turn it black and white. This will immediately give it more style. LOL. So that's my Uncreative, easy attempt for this piece of crap.
If I really had guts. I would have hopped the fence, taken the "FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW" and gotten the photo. Heck, if I don't do that, I'm not even a real photographer.
I'll take 24-48 hours to regroup and just keep shooting!
Remember: JOY, she said. Let's shoot for joy.
Hmmmm... what's this? A little inspiration flying out of my butt!
Until the next one..
--Was totally going for a street photography vibe here. With absolutely no comedic twist.--
I had my shutter speed set pretty slow in this image. I held really still. Then anything else moving in the picture would blur. As the subject of this photo, I love how it's subtle. The eye is not necessarily caught by the subject in first glance, but then inexorably gets drawn to the subject in a later glance.
Also, I played with my camera's White Balance setting to bring out the purple in the cup as much as possible. I set it for "incandescent" setting to offset too much warmth and this setting is meant to "cool" the yellow glow a normal lightbulb would ordinarily throw.
You should have seen me walking to this location to shoot. LOL. My backpack was packed to the gills with cameras, lenses and tissue wrapped cup and saucer. It was lightly raining. I got off the MAX and walked right over, set down my backpack and unfolded my tripod and set up my DLSR camera. I took some test shots and then arranged my hat and hair in a mirror. Then I unpacked my cup and saucer on the sidewalk (this is right next to the trolley stop across from the central library - downtown Portland) and walked over to the wall. I snapped 7 pics and got the snap I wanted! Then I meticulously and efficiently packed everything back up and walked off. It probably took 15 minutes in all. If I were a coffee patron sitting in the window, I would have loved to have witness this. --MORE GRINS--
Can't wait to shoot and share more.
AS FOR THE UNIVERSE: The Blazers are strengthening their spirit in fortitude and strength, and they will come back and beat Houston -and everyone else- in due time.
In Focus - Out of Focus - Depth of Field Understood
See how the puzzle is OUT OF FOCUS in the first image?
And how the puzzle is IN FOCUS in second image?
I think I've got this maneuver down. I either close down or open up my aperture and put my cameras in manual mode and VOILA! I can choose which images to use with this feature.
When I first decided to pick up a camera and begin a journey of discovering photography (last September), I spent one whole day trying to figure this maneuver out.
What a difference one year can make!
First, always know your equipment through and through. I read all my cameras user guides now. (YES! I DO!) ((Don't give me that look. It's not as bad as taxes or signing up for healthcare.))
This puzzle has been spread out, on my table now for one, full month. It was the cheapest version of a not-too-hard, but not-too-easy, but also aesthetically pleasing puzzle. It's a drawing of Paris and everything lit up (which is everything because it's the City of Lights) is yellowish against a twilight sky. Uffda. I might finish it one day.
The point is...It's puzzle season. Which means jazz in the background, sitting and staring at the table while I drink whiskey and eggnog until I get too tired of staring at the table any longer -and- quite possibly have finished my drink!
THAT'S RIGHT, THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS COMING UPON US.
AS FOR THE UNIVERSE TODAY: It is conspiring with me.
Like an old vegas showgirl, who's been doing it too long. I was going for a somewhat grizzled, aged glamour. I think I pulled it off.. ((!))
This self-shoot took time to set up, dress, and light. It was fun! But it was a lot of work too!
I really like the dramatic juxtaposition of the light and me (the subject) in the frame in this photo above. There's a shadow in this image that I like. But in subsequent portraits from this same shoot, there are shadows that I don't like. I need to find a cheap way to get a back-light in place when I use the backdrop again. (Thank you mentor Mike Riches - You're THE BEST!)
I took some film shots of this one, but I won't get into the Darkroom to develop until tomorrow evening and then printing until Thursday - so this part of the photoshoots will take a while. As one colleague in Darkroom responded when I said, "Don't you feel like you could be in Darkroom for 12 hours sometimes?" He said, "Yeah. And only get a couple of prints." LOL. Too true. Art takes time people!
Now, some of the rules I have for this self-portrait challenge are that it doesn't have to be an image of my face, but at least some part of me in the photo. So even though some of the images do not show my face, only my foot, they still count! I liked more than just the one above so I'm including a small gallery.
I used two large white LED daylight bulbs with no diffusion umbrella. It was a wonderfully cool colored light. I will definitely use these again, hopefully, on a willing subjectOTHER than myself.
Harsh glamour - Load it up!
This photo is a practice run for a holiday photo shoot I'm planning!
Not precisely getting Tangled in the Tinsel, but close!
A few things...(1) I'm happy with my light string drape look. Next shoot with this get up though, and I will change to a location with more window light - diffused again like it is behind me in this picture. I really like the soft light coming in from the window, I just want more of it because my face is really only illuminated by the light bulbs on the string and light below the face is not the best look. (2) I wore a different shirt for you, so be happy. (3) I like the book case in the background, but the angle and placement of the subject [me] is not balanced in the photo and it's a bit distracting.
++Note: I am also taking film photos of all of these poses and I will try to post those as I get into darkroom to develop and print them.
FOR IMPROVEMENT I would fix my hair and add more diffused light and balance the subjects' placement better.
AS FOR THE UNIVERSE - I'm learning to not be so critical of how I look in photos (or anywhere). This self-portrait exercise is also a kind of 30-day challenge to look into my own face and stop cringing. Ha! Such deep lessons in photographing myself. Well let's keep it up.
JOY. She said. LET'S SHOOT FOR JOY.
OK. I am embarking upon a 30-day self-portrait challenge.
I want to challenge my creativity and experimentation with lighting and style.
Photo Gods BE WITH ME..
DAY 1 - Is it just me... Or is it getting chilly outside?! (It's Nov. 15, 2015.) Also, please send help. I've locked myself outside on the deck. (jk)
A few things I learned from this self-portrait: (1) The digital noise, or what would normally be grain in a film photo, is readily apparent in this photo. I had forgotten to check what my ISO was on - and it was on HI - above 600! However, in doing that I like how the sky is blown out to white behind me (although perfectly overcast days help with this too) and the color vibrancy is kind of amazing. (2) I like the light behind me filling in the hair as highlights and I really like the purple brought out in the hat and the light (and color) coming through the vintage deck chair (it rocks, truly). (3) Another interesting note is that I had the window open for the remote trigger to work, but there is a window screen present, and this is barely visible. This adds texture and a "realism" to the light and pressure of my hand as I, the subject, am looking IN.
(4) One last thing, I purposely balanced the window frame in the left to line up, vertically, with the left edge of the image. This gives the photo context for the story it's telling and a sort of visual balance. I'm fairly happy with this turnout, but was originally visualizing the photo to have been more of a close-up. ON TO THE NEXT!
I have been working on some great things in the darkroom!
Below is a wicked photo I took of one of Portland's coolest coffee shops. This is CUP and BAR on the East side of the Burnside Bridge. (Yes, where currently two more GI-NORMOUS buildings are going up. This is only TWO crane sites of 12 in and around downtown P-town of late. The city is losing itself. I think I should also get out and document the town before it's gentrified into distinction.)
Hmmm, YES, I think I'll also do a photo-essay of Portland's coffee shops. Grreat (she burrs with a Scottish accent).
I'm doing photo shoots of friends (more to come). I am experimenting with 3200 film and night shots. I will soon add in a pocket wizard flash and try my hand at some fun holiday photos...I am also excited by trying some Environmental Portraiture, and possible teaming up with a new/emerging make up artist who is building their portfolio...WHAT FUN!
Let's just get out there and SHOOT!
Once in awhile, well, BAM!