Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Stranger I-IV

In order to try and get more comfortable in front of a camera, I have decided to challenge myself to take at least 12 self portraits within the next year. This series was taken on a recent vacation to Ouray, Colorado. I was getting a little stir crazy one night so I decided to take my camera out on the town. I found this really awesome stairwell that had really creepy fluorescent overhead lighting right off of the main drag. I set up shop and started shooting (while getting some really interesting looks from people).

  • Aperture - f/7.1
  • Shutter - 13 sec.
  • ISO 200
  • Camera - Canon 20d
  • Lens - Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
I originally set this shot up using a single flash to the lower left of the frame. After playing with this setup for quite a while, I was not satisfied with the output, so I switched to using only the available light. I manually focused to a spot on the stairs that would have the same focal plane as my head and then used a wireless trigger for the shutter. I was not concerned with movement as I felt that would only add character to the photo (see other shots from this session by clicking on the picture above or clicking here).

  • I used a high pass filter to bring out the texture of the stairs.
  • Heavy Vignette
  • 50% de-saturation

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