New Year is here and with it comes (or should come) the stream of New Year’s resolutions counting the usual suspects: less wine, beer and food intake, more exercise, less stress and more fun. I scrap the first two candidates as I know come mid-January all good resolutions disappear into thin air and I resume living the same old (good) way.
Instead I focus on my New Year’s revolution: self-employment, self-development and in the first week of January ….. self-portrait or selfie – a word which recently found its way to the Oxford Dictionary and the like. Love it or hate it – it’s there.
Self-portrait is the first topic of the weekly assignments in an online community of fellow shutterbugs I recently joined – Fifty-Two Frames. Led by Yosef who is quite a character, the colourful bunch from all corners of the globe proudly present their interpretation of the given topic with a brief caption and Master Yosef picks his top three every Sunday evening. He must have quite fun doing so.
I normally break into cold sweat when the word “portrait”(of me) is mentioned, self-portrait results in a similar reaction – I break into hot sweat. Cambodia does not allow one to sweat “coldly”. How exactly do I want to execute this challenge, how do I see myself and how do I want other people to see me? Does it actually matter? If it didn’t I guess none of us would faff this way, or would we? Left side is definitely my better side – just for the record.
Moving on – my approach is to present Me, Myself and I in a triplicate and to achieve this I must blow the dust off my Neutral Density filters I last used to smoothen the waters of the Gulf of Thailand countless months ago. Neutral Density filters allow me to keep my shutter open for a considerably longer time without the risk of overexposure even in bright daylight. During this prolonged exposure I have time to place myself in one position and hold this for about 20 seconds to “burn” the first image of Me onto the sensor before I move several inches to the right and record Myself with a different hair do. Fast movement is almost non traceable so this is perfectly possible. Last but not least – I gets its firm place in the image, this time smiling. When the time is up (I am guessing here following many trials and errors) I quickly crawl and grab the remote release and depress the button. Needless to say, the mode here is Bulb and remote shutter is a necessity, wireless would be even better!
Voila, couple of post processing magic tricks in trusted Lightroom finish the picture and I am ready to present the triple Anna to my friends near and far – nice to meet you!
anna bella betts
Never still, always on the move, looking for the perfect capture... Cambodia is currently my home, presenting endless opportunities....
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