MLiP Wednesday: Playing Around with Self Portraits

I have owned a camera of my very own since I was eight years old.  I’m pretty sure I was eight, maybe I was a year or two older, but anyway – I recall the Christmas that I received that Kodak Disc camera as a present from my Uncle Jesse, who was also my Godfather and didn’t have any kids of his own.  Stirrup pants were at their height of fashion and I was sporting green stirrup pants with a green sweatshirt top that had darker green stars on it.  And my hair was fairly short so I know that it was somewhere around third grade.

Anyway, I’d never spent a lot of time playing with the technical aspects of any of the cameras I’ve owned through the years save a sexy Samsung my Mom bought for me before heading off to college.  It was film and the shot I remember most was of a full moon, probably the one about this time of year – the Blue Moon, over Lake Superior.  I knew I had played with the exposure but didn’t really know, or remember, what I had done after the film had been developed and I saw this image and thought, “WOW!  How’d I do that?”

Now, I have a Canon 30D, purchased used, a variety of borrowed lenses from people, a pretty nice tripod and a wireless remote shutter trigger.  So, last night I decided to take the camera toys out to the screen porch to avoid my photobombing cats and attempt a decent self portrait.  I shot about two dozen images, pulled them up in my trial version of LightRoom and started to see if I liked anything.

The winner is posted below.

I shot it with my 30D, a Canon 17-55 F2.8 EF-S lens, no flash (was taken about 7/7:30 PM) and a 3-second timer on the remote shutter.  I cropped the original, I bumped up the exposure, converted to B&W, upped sharpness and clarity but also luminescence and ended up with something that looks like I clipped it out of a newspaper article. I liked it!

Comments & Critiques (C&C) are always welcome; I’m not a professional, but I’m always willing to learn more!


About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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10 Responses to MLiP Wednesday: Playing Around with Self Portraits

  1. Harvey says:

    When you photograph a beautiful woman, the pictures can’t help but turn out good!

  2. That is a fabulous picture!

  3. agingcowgirl says:

    So very Sarah! I like it!

  4. I have been trying to psych myself up to do a self portrait. I’m not there yet. But yours is amazing! Love it!

  5. Tahira says:

    I like it too! Great portrait!

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