094/365 - Selfie

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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.

Photo by Sammy, Marc Mateos, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Gaviotita 35 months ago | reply

    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

  2. DadAndHisCamera 35 months ago | reply

    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.

  3. DadAndHisCamera 35 months ago | reply

    Great detail on the beard, too.

  4. Photo by Sammy 35 months ago | reply

    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.

  5. Lyne Boucher 35 months ago | reply

    That's a real nice selfie!! You really do have a way with the light!!!

  6. timsackton 35 months ago | reply

    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 , the obvious flash against the background jumps out.

  7. BrassFlute 35 months ago | reply

    Great portrait. Like the position of your eyes and the space to the right which work well together

  8. Marc Mateos 35 months ago | reply

    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

  9. djwtwo 35 months ago | reply

    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.

  10. five6teenphoto 35 months ago | reply

    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!

  11. Zaizev 35 months ago | reply

    muy chulos los tonos

  12. EssleyJane [drifting in and out for a few weeks] 35 months ago | reply

    Great picture, and hello - nice to meet you!

  13. djwtwo 35 months ago | reply

    Thank you! (There’s a few more photos of me floating around in my photo stream, too…)

  14. Peter E. Lee 35 months ago | reply

    Fantastic self portrait! Well posed, too.

  15. djwtwo 35 months ago | reply

    Well, posed. ;-)

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