Moi. A Portrait

October 1st, 2009

A while back I decided to fool around with some light. Just to see what combinations worked and how. A little experimentation, if you will.

So I made a self portrait.

Looking through the small collection of pictures I took that day again, I realised that I’m wearing the same suit and combination of shirt and tie. In the words of Dr. Horrible: What a crazy random happenstance!

(You absolutely MUST see Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. It is Joss Whedon at his very very best. It’s a short, hilarious tragicomedy musical – or rather: a “tragic-romantic-comedy-musical-satire” – that he made when bored during the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike. It was shot over 6 days on a shoe-string budget and was after released for free on the Web. If you’re in the US, you can stream it from the Hulu plugin on the DHSAB website, else, you can view DHSAB in three Acts on YouTube here: Act I (Part I and Part II), Act II (Part I and Part II), Act III (Part I and Part II).)

Anyway, I digressed. Seeing as I’m wearing the same combination as I write this, I’ve decided to share with you a self-portrait from that shoot.

I set my D700 on a mini tripod very close to the floor, and set two flashes: one to camera left inside the doorway with a diffusion dome attached (white light), and the other to camera left, gelled warm with a full CTO and with a makeshift snoot so the light was directed only at my face (warm – as in: slightly orange – light).

So here it is.

Self Portrait


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6 Responses to “Moi. A Portrait”

  1. Ieva Says:

    The angle makes you look intimidating and very serious. Love the light.

  2. Gus Says:

    Very nice…

  3. Ayla Says:

    I like this pciture! You do look very alpha. It’s hot ;O)

  4. Ayla Says:

    guess i’m a little dyslexic!!!

  5. zooey Says:

    Few minor notes, bottom painting to your right a bit off and your reflection on top it.
    But this portrait is definitely an indicative of the wonderful experimentations photography can take you on.
    Nice shadow effect adds to the compo and drama. Great experiment I must say. 🙂

  6. Z! Says:

    Ieva, Ayla, Gus, Zooey: Thx guys! Glad you enjoyed my experiment! 😀

    Ieva, Ayla: Yep. Dat’d be me, all intimidating and stuff. You ARE looking at the future Ruler of the World, you know. 😛

    Zooey: You’re absolutely right. Noticed those afterwards, but was too much effort to do a reshoot and take down/move/fiddle with the paintings, or otherwise find an alternative angle (and yes, you can read that as: I was too d**n Lazy). 😉

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