“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
~ Edward Steichen
Finally! Finally I have managed it.
Damn, it was SO hard to get this photo done, as I am subject and photographer, and I really wanted to have the natural bokeh in my photo, and not to add it afterwards in Lightroom. Yes, I have actually watched an tutorial and the first image I chose, had bokeh added to it. I almost used that photo, which I had ready yesterday, almost.
For about an hour and a half today I was in our bedroom (where I am confined to at this moment for all self photography sessions…) today, struggling to get it right, and several times I sat on the edge of the bed, despairing, thinking I am just going to use the photo I edited yesterday.
And then… I changed the setup. I thought long and hard about what I had read about bokeh, and I changed my setup. And there it was… natural bokeh. Right off the camera. The only editing I did in Lightroom was to cut off a wee bit of the photo at the bottom, to change the temperature (a bit warmer – it’s a gloomy grey day over here) and to adjust the contrast a little. Just look in the background, see the little balls of light?
It’s not easy taking images of yourself. As the quote says: a portrait is made on either side of the camera, but when you are the same person on either side… it really changes into a challenge! I have to say, I am quite content with this image!
Oh and… taking this image along with all the others I did during that hour and a half in the bedroom, I have flashed the neighbours on the other side of the playing ground… I hope they enjoyed!
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