Project 52 ~ Week 29
Theme for this week’s photo challenge “Self Portrait.”
Ok…this was the most challenging of all photo challenges! I can’t believe I took so many photos until I finally said ok this one is fine. I tried many senior high posing ideas up against our shed. I then tried in my gardens and then laying in the grass but I just couldn’t capture the background and morning light I was looking for.
Let me tell you how I got this shot. I did need the assistance of my son to hit the shutter button because my new D700 doesn’t have the remote to use like my D90. Which makes it a breeze and I highly recommend you get one! Why I did not just switch camera’s is beyond me. I was in such a hurry to just get this done because I had to bring my son to his modeling appointment and I had to meet up with a client to talk about her newborn session.
I used the flowers I’m holding in a vase to get my focus on…with many tries! Set my camera on my tripod and had my son Michael just hit the shutter button. Then I would go to see the image in the view finder and try again…and again…and again. I wasn’t that happy with my results…off the camera came and onto a small book. I wanted the camera to look up at me like it is in this image.
Ok Michael…hit that button…just keep hitting that button and as he did I tried different poses and finally liked this one. It’s pretty nice…I do love the coloring and how the grass is in the foreground and if nothing else…it’s me! Done! I hope I never have to do another self portrait again…if so it’s back to my D90!
I took this shot with the aperture pretty wide open at F2.2, shutter at 1/250 and ISO 200…that’s what created the nice bokeh background and let in a lot of light.
The best thing I like…I hardly tweak this photo…the reflector used up against a lawn chair really helped with throwing light back into my face which by the way fills in those wrinkles…great trick!
Daphne…I’m ready for the next challenge! I hope it will be a whole lot easier! Self portraits are tough and we are tough on ourselves! I so much enjoy being behind the lens instead of in the front!