Self Portrait Series. Silhouette

Club volleyball tournaments started for us yesterday. 7 hours in the gym watching nail-biter games is exhausting as a parent! I’m sure the kids were tired, too! So much fun!

Sony A68, Capture One, 1/1250s, f/7.1, ISO1600

Self Portrait Series. Rose Colored Glasses

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(Sony A68, 1/100s, f/4, ISO2000, Capture One, Color Efex, Gimp, PicsArt)

How do you tend to look at the world? Through “rose colored glasses” or more pessimistic?

Self Portrait Series. Warm

This was taken with my Sony A68 at 1/60s, f/5, ISO4000. I could have used a flash here to keep the ISO from going so high, but I don’t think the grain looks so bad. I chose no flash because I wanted a darker, softer ambiance. I instead strategically positioned a end table lamp camera left to get a soft warm glow on my face.

The harsher light coming from camera right was from the kitchen windows which had the shades drawn so the light was blocked out as much as possible but it still shined through too much. Would be great to have an actual studio!

I’m definitely asking for an off-camera flash stand for my birthday this year. I already have the flash, I just use it on-camera right now. But having it off camera will help me create better and more diverse portraits.

Flight into Self Portraits

I shoot nature. I also shoot people (with my camera), but here I post nature, mostly. At the start of the new year I have decided to take on something completely different than what I have been doing for the last ten years:

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self-portraits. Scary, daunting, and nerve-racking to say the least. I hope you’ll follow along and watch me learn.

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This self portrait was shot with my Sony A68. SS 1/3sec, f/7.1, ISO400.

A Mess

Today we took down all the Christmas stuff and I am kind of sad about it. Most years I try to leave the tree up until the feast of the Epiphany which celebrates the 3 wise men coming to see baby Jesus on January 6th, but this year we got a real tree, as opposed to our normal artificial one, and over the last two days ornaments were dropping off of it like crazy because it was starting to wilt even though we were keeping up on watering it.

So, I thought it best if we went ahead and took it down before any of my ornaments broke. By the time we got everything off of the tree there was a blanket of thousands of needles all over the floor. And of course the tree was set up on the opposite side of the room as the front door. So, when taking it out, it left a huge trail of needles everywhere. What a mess! I think I am done with real trees. Except that I enjoyed the smell of it so much!

Sony A68/Capture One

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