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A few months ago, I drove by this building and was struck with the inspiration to use it as a backdrop. The problem? This building stands at the corner of an extremely busy intersection. I'm horribly shy about certain things, my self-portraits being one of them. I hate being watched while I focus a camera on myself. It seems so silly. I figured that my only chance to use this building's paint job in comfort was to head out early on a Sunday morning.

 

So after months of delays, I headed out this morning and was completely set up at 7:30. The traffic in the area was less, but there was still a steady stream of cars, and that made me *very* uncomfortable. The best lighting was by the road, but I couldn't relax at all with the drivers glancing my way. I retreated to a place further back so that I would be more hidden, but tried to work around the prevalent shadows.

 

Additionally, this was my first real portrait "session" with my new camera, so I was trying to figure out how to do certain things with the camera while appearing non-chalant to the passersby.

 

I'm not trying to make excuses for any flaws in the photos, I just wanted to let you know what was going through my mind as these photos were being snapped!

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Taken on August 27, 2006