Balls of Light

“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!

Image of my backside, with a bokeh effect in the background
I love how the lines of my body are accentuated by the autumn light pouring in from outside.

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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21 thoughts on “Balls of Light

  1. oh Marie this is brilliant and I love that you just kept going until you got it. Being photographer and model is tough but when you get it right it is a magic feeling


  2. This is so stunning. The way the light catches your beautiful form is amazing. The contrast of the vertical lines of the background are a wonderful contrast to your curves. Wow! I’m in awe.

  3. I am sure that the neighbours were thrilled. This is wonderful and I love the natural lightness that you have created here. You look so sexy and shapely as the subject of your photo. Well done for managing both roles so successfully 🙂

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