• Here's the IR remote control!
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Binoculars portrait (dscn4659_mod_vign_sm)

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Self portrait with big binoculars (15x70).
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Some people asked me how i did this shot... Ok, I'll tell you!

It was twilight and there was a really soft and cool light outside... I put on a red t-shirt (yes, it was red...) and I've put my camera on a tripod, at she same height of my eyes, ten or twelve meters away. I zoomed, so I fill up the scene and flatten perspective, and played with esposition time and aperture until I was happy with them (I wanted a slight overexposed photo).
To take these shots I looked at the camera wth binoculars (I couldn't see anything, since it was too close to focus through binoculars!) and used a IR remote control to shot, you almost can see it on my right hand.

After that, I fired up digiKam and threw away a lot of shots, keeping only three or four of them, with the right exposition and composition and with interesting reflections on the lenses.

Next, I opened the most promising image in digiKam editor and cleaned up it using greycstoration to remove noise and unwanted details and cropped it.
Using curves tool I applyed a sigmoid to set black and white point and to increase constrast and saturation (the magic is here!).

I love vignetted images, dark and saturated colors on the borders, so I opened with Gimp the edited image, duplicated the backuground layer, selected using a lot of father and cut away the central part of the image, changed layer mode to "multiply", and duplicated this layer 3 times.
To add more vignette, I creaded a new, white layer on top, changed its mode to multiply (this way you can see the layers under it), and did a rectangular selection, smoothed and fethered it a lot, inverted and filled of black.

That's all! Hope you like the result!
Let me know if you have any suggestion or if you made similar images!

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  1. rtubb99 26 months ago | reply

    Thanks for allowing me to use this superb Photo under Creative Commons license! I appreciate it! I used the image in my blog post - People Watching and using DISC Profiles at tubb.co/wkmY0t

  2. Rue89 22 months ago | reply

    We're a French news website called Rue89 (www.rue89.com) and are about to use this picture (with link and credit) to illustrate a story on our site, observing the Creative Commons conditions mentioned in this page.

    If you do not want us to reproduce your work on our site, just email us webmaster[at]rue89.com.

    Congratulations for this photo.

  3. The Geek Professor 21 months ago | reply

    Great picture! I used this for my search skills workshop page here: www.thegeekprofessor.com/workshops/


  4. webweisend media company 21 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing this photo via CreativeCommons! It was just perfect for our media company blog - blog.media-company.eu

  5. claireprincesca 19 months ago | reply

    We would like to use your photo for our marketing collateral. Would like to get your consent if it is okay with you. I am working with Brand Channels, a marketing agency based in the Philippines. If you like we can send you a copy of the material that we will be producing, using your photo. Send me an email at claire@brand-channels.com.
    Hope to hear from you real soon!

    Thank you,

  6. gerlos 19 months ago | reply

    I'd more than happy if you use my shot for your work, as long you follow what is stated in the Creative Commons License I applied to it (see creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).

    So please remember to add a caption writing something like "photo by gerlos" with (if possible) a link to the shot or to this page: flavors.me/gerlos


  7. DigitalC4 18 months ago | reply

    Great shot! I've used it here, www.digitalc4.com/seo/seo-insights-googles-search-quality..., with attribution (link back to this page). Thanks.

  8. Mastering Business Blog 17 months ago | reply

    Hi! I used your picture on my Mastering Business blog. It's a great shot! masteringbusiness.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/common-mistake...

  9. sbabzy 15 months ago | reply

    Lovely picture! I have use it here as featured image (
    4 Steps to Finding Temporary Engineering Jobs) and given you credit at the bottom of the page


  10. gerlos 15 months ago | reply

    Thanks to everyone! I'm glad you liked my shot and used it in your works! :-D

  11. jpeters430 15 months ago | reply

    Hello. Nice picture. I used it for a blog post I wrote and linked the image back to this page. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Francesco Littmann - Doc Savage 15 months ago | reply

    Bellissimo autoritratto, molto originale.
    Ho seguito alcune metodiche descritte nel tuo sito e questo mi ha aiutato a risolvere molti problemi con il mio C8.
    Grazie per l'aiuto!

  13. kral12 5 months ago | reply

    May I use this image in an article I am writing about starting out in bird watching?

  14. kral12 5 months ago | reply

    May I use this in a article I am writing about starting out in bird watching?

  15. gerlos 5 months ago | reply

    Sure you can! Can you please add a link to this page, or a caption saying something like "©2008 gerlos - gerloseye.org"? Thanks!

  16. ulkusteiner 5 months ago | reply

    Grazie per ll'autoritratto bello. L'ho usato (certo, con credito) per il mio blog (www.da.org/HeadsUp).

  17. ulkusteiner 5 months ago | reply

    Grazie per questo autoritratto bello. L'ho usato (certo, con credito) per il mio blog (www.da.org/HeadsUp). Buon lavoro artistico!

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