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 how much fun it is to shoot in a super-shallow depth of field. I slapped my 55mm, f1.8, vintage Pentax lens on my camera and took a walk to school. This little piece of graffiti caught my eye and I shot it at f2.8 and it turned out like this.
What do you think?
I missed you, with all of your analog functions and manual focus. With your amazingly basic light meter and super hot manual wind and rewind. Mmm…where have you been all my life?
Oh yeah, in my camera bag. I’m sorry I’ve been ignoring you. I’m on holidays right now…so…I promise we’ll go hit the town soon. Sound good?
When my daughter was born I was pretty sure that I was out of my depth. When the obstetrician said, “She’s a girl,” I thought two things: “Yay!” and “Oh crap!” I didn’t know anything about girls. Sure, I had two sisters, but my job as the older brother was to make their lives miserable and scare off boys I didn’t like. But raising a daughter? Yeesh.
Over the past nine years I’ve had the joy and pain of raising my daughter. I love her more than my own life and I can’t wait to watch as she grows into a woman (although I secretly hope she stops growing up and stays my little girl). Honestly, I think I’m more terrified now than I was nine years ago when she was born.
Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f11; ISO 100; 1/640 sec.
My daughter, above, and I have had some fun during this holiday. She is certainly becoming a big girl and I’m a lucky dad. I just hope that, years from now, we’re still best friends like we were this last week.
The shot above was taken at Cannon Beach, Oregon – Haystack Rock is in the background.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f11; ISO 100; 1/320 sec.