094/365 - Selfie

More experimentation with the new flash equipment tonight, this time a self-portrait, trying to go for more traditional portrait lighting. Of course, I made things a bit more complicated by wearing a hat with a brim. I don't really have a backdrop set up, so what I used here was a olive green fleece blanket draped over some props. Hardest part was getting the focus good enough; other than the very front of the hat brim I think focus is where I wanted it.


Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens, 1/60s @ ƒ/4, ISO100. Shooting with the flashes in iTTL mode. One SB-700 shooting through an umbrella, camera left and above my head, group A at +1.0ev, second SB-700 shooting across the backdrop, group B at -0.3ev. Silver reflecting dish to camera right and below, to cut the shadows under the hat and on the "back" side of my face a bit. Desaturated the image a bit in Aperture, along with some cropping and a slight amount of shadow fill.


Not too bad, considering I don't have the most photogenic mug. I think I'm going to leave things set up tonight and try a few more quick ones with Things One and Two in the morning before I ship them off to school.

  • Gaby García 3y

    Finally I can see your face and your hat together. Its a very nice picture I like the ighting and your face saying: "Ok, let's do it" :D
  • Chris 3y

    I like it. I am a fan of dramatic lighting, so I like the strong shadows. The only thing that jumps out at me is the obvious flash against the background, as it makes a pretty distinct pie shape. i am totally sweating your new gear.
  • Chris 3y

    Great detail on the beard, too.
  • Samuel Santiago 3y

    Agree 100% with both. I real nice portrait. The lighting and the process makes the portrait very natural. You got me now interested in wireless flash systems.
  • Lyne Boucher 3y

    That's a real nice selfie!! You really do have a way with the light!!!
  • Tim Sackton 3y

    Very nice. The lighting is great - it gives you a kind of rugged look with the great detail on your beard. I do agree with Chris, the obvious flash against the background jumps out.
  • Oliver Boston 3y

    Great portrait. Like the position of your eyes and the space to the right which work well together
  • Marc Mateos 3y

    great one… it's nice to see pictures of the people you interact with… 'cause then you can put just a different face that the one in the avatar… :) now I got two faces from you… xD

    You amaze me with that light control, by the way. I'm milions of miles away from that… U__U
  • Dennis Wilkinson 3y

    Gaby García Samuel Santiago Lyne Boucher Oliver Boston Marc Mateos Thanks!
    Chris Tim Sackton I actually like the splash of light from the flash in back, as a compositional element, especially since it “opens up” to the height of my face in the shot. That, and the background was either not dark enough or too dark without it, depending on how I was thinking about it. I suppose backing it off a bit to make it a less defined shape might have worked a little better, though.
  • Tony Porter 3y

    I like the wedge-shaped light splash on the backdrop. It adds dimension to the shot along with the white space as BrassFlute mentions. Great lighting all around!
  • Dennis Wilkinson 3y

    Tony Porter Thanks!
  • Zaizev 3y

    muy chulos los tonos
  • Sarah Grimwood 3y

    Great picture, and hello - nice to meet you!
  • Dennis Wilkinson 3y

    Zaizev Thanks!
    Sarah Grimwood Thank you! (There’s a few more photos of me floating around in my photo stream, too…)
  • Larry White, Jr. 3y

    well done!
  • Peter Lee 3y

    Fantastic self portrait! Well posed, too.
  • Dennis Wilkinson 3y

    Larry White, Jr. Thanks!
    Peter Lee Well, posed. ;-)
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