I don’t like Photoshop effects that make a photo look unreal, unless the effect that the “photographer” is going for is something other than real. I do use it for my photos – specifically curves and levels – to change the contrast, but I try to avoid the bulk of what Photoshop offers me.
I also avoid self-portraits, or, truth be told, any photographs of me. I’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Those two bits of info make this photo unique. I shot this photo of myself, then processed it by layering me on top of the background, then Gaussian blurred the background layer and switched it to black and white. Then I played with the top layer, me, a little be lowering the saturation level. Plus, it’s a photo of me.
I got my hair cut today as well, so I figured today was a good day to “shoot myself”, as it were.
I forgot to post something for Photo Friday. This week’s challenge is “Fluffy” so I went back to a rather fluffy self portrait. Honestly, I don’t enjoy putting myself in front of the camera. I am quite comfortably ensconced behind the lens at most social events, school events, family events, well…everywhere. I think my wife has a great number of pictures of me taking pictures. This was a cold morning while I was out with my daughter taking photos of the sunrise. I shot this in the sideview mirror of my vehicle. Objects truly are bigger than they appear.