Day 118 – Self Portrait

As I peer into the other end of the lens, I wonder if the focus will be correct. I wonder what the composition will be, how much of a zoom there is, will it be a close up of my nostril? The self portrait is a real challenge for me. Not only do I have to come to grips with the way I look; I’m taking the shot without seeing the scene. Well, I will continue to practice.

Day 71 Night Time Computing

This is Day 71 of my 365 challenge. My goal at the outset has been to find photo opportunities that are around me everyday. I know there is one subject that is always close by that I haven’t really explored with the camera… me. Now, I am not one to take a lot of self portraits, this is only my third in 71 days after all; but I do think it helps to look at one’s self now and again, other than the self we see in the mirror each day. And as I mentioned earlier, self as a photo opportunity is always close by. I also wanted to work on HDR technique and chose this setting because of the varying density of available light. This is an activity I am engaged in frequently, night time computing. Once I processed the HDR photo, I wanted to de-emphasize the busy background. I added another layer and removed the color, I like this effect.

There is a strange phenomenon that occurs when I see myself in a photo; I look older than when I see myself in a mirror. I think my mind filters what I see when I look in the mirror. The filter for me, is set so that I appear to be in my mid to late twenties, so when I see myself in a photo I think, “wow, who is the old guy”. Maybe that is why I’m not fond of self portraits. I like being on the other side of the lens.