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Good lord yesterday was my 24th birthday. Six more years till I am three decades old. Three years after that I’ll be a third of a century old! OK I’ll stop!
I took this shot right after I tried creating some elaborate composition with a bottle of Absinthe. I got halfway through my process and realized I was trying to polish a turd and threw in the towel. What's worse is that I worked a total of six hours on it including the setup. I learned the hard way of how important having an extra strobe can be. I was so upset with myself. Luckily, I took some spur of the moment shots right after that I actually liked a lot better. I think I prefer myself closer so I can see all the gritty details. This is my one and only suit. It just happens to be the one that I wore to the interview of my first “real job” right after a couple of internships in college. I figure I’ll wear it once a year so why not wear it for the heck of it.
Pretty simple setup for this. Canon 580EXII slight camera left into 48” silver umbrella. EXIF ISO 200, 35mm, f/8, 1/200 sec. The more I use my flash off camera the more I love it. It improves my photos so much. Thanks to Joe Alisa for kicking me in the ass to learn off-camera flash! I decided to lay off the airbrush style dodge & burn that I’ve used a lot and try something different and more challenging. I would say this is my favorite self-portrait so far. It conveys my personality perfectly.
Oh yea... for the last time this is not HDR!!
Featured in Flickr Explore November 10, 2008