I dislike taking a shot of myself and I dislike the camera aimed at me.
My father loved the camera lens from both sides. But dad always took a great photo.
I however see age creeping up on my face in harsh lines and freckles. I guess that is what surprised me the most. Those lines.
Friends of mine that are interested in having some fun in photography and I have formed a group where we share photos each week. Each week one person picks a theme and we eagerly try that theme out.
While working on some methods of light reflection today I thought I'd try out our new theme.
Not a selfie.
Ohhhhh nooo! Eeek gads! Cover my head up! Can I use Val-Barbie as my body double?
She is much better looking and she even has a Morris just her size! She never minds the camera pointed in her direction!
Me? Not so much. I did this one against the new bright white wall in the kitchen. But my ugly t-shirt was hanging out.
A bit more glamorous I think. Yes the hat suits me, and I wear it as often as I can.
Even if I get strange looks while shopping.
I'm not going to hide the fact that I have ... wrinkles and lines. I look in the mirror and can't deny it any more.
Probably all those years of abusing my face by not putting on creams, yet hiking in the extreme cold, gardening with a baseball cap and no sun screen. Being out doors and mistreating my face.
Well I didn't worry much about it to tell you the truth.
And now I am stuck with this face.
I am finding that it does make for an interesting 'self' study though.
Moody. No glasses and bounced lights off the ceiling in the spare room.
Cracked textures added to make it look a bit abandoned.
Harsh black and white.
Then I got very creative. How far could I go with my own 'self portrait'?
How far do I dare go?
So I went very far....
The photo is interesting and I took a lot of liberty with my edits.
All of these photos were taken in RAW Nikon files and processed in ON1RAW2017 pre-release.
I'm pretty impressed with this program and love it...hands down it is easy to just do a straight forward process, or you can get as complicated as you want.
After today I don't think I'll be as uncomfortable in front of the lens.
I think as long as I am taking the shot!
My Still Life for today:
I'll be selecting this one for some cards I'll send out.
Backround glitter was provided by cardboard covered in tin foil ... slightly crumpled.